Pure CSS Bulma Dropdown Toggle

CSS only toggle Bulma dropdown. No JavaScript required. If you prefer to use JavaScript to toggle dropdown, see [2]. Click the following dropdown to see the demo of pure css toggle.

To toggle Bulma dropdown with JavaScript, add the is-active class to the class attribute of the dropdown to activate the modal. The is-active class make the dropdown-menu visible via display: block. We will use this hint in our CSS toggle.

We will apply the technique of Pure CSS Toggle HTML Element [3] here. We need:

1 - Visible HTML label elements, which is the dropdown-trigger.

2 - Invisible HTML input checkbox elements, referenced by the label elements via for attribute.

3 - dropdown-menu, which is to be toggled and invisible in the beginning.

When users click on the visible label elements, the corresponding input checkbox element is checked. We use CSS3 :checked selector to select corresponding dropdown menu and make it visible.

The complete source code is as follows:


<!-- you can put the two following lines in your html head -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/bulma/0.7.1/css/bulma.css" integrity="sha256-zKA1Bf41O96+gJSlkn/Bh2HATW/OhwkApPlYTp3B5O8=" crossorigin="anonymous" />
<script defer src="https://use.fontawesome.com/releases/v5.1.0/js/all.js"></script>

<div class="dropdown">
  <input id="dropdown-toggle" type="checkbox" />

  <div class="dropdown-trigger">
    <button class="button" aria-haspopup="true" aria-controls="dropdown-menu">
      <label for="dropdown-toggle">Dropdown button</label>
      <span class="icon is-small">
        <i class="fas fa-angle-down" aria-hidden="true"></i>
  <div class="dropdown-menu" id="dropdown-menu" role="menu">
    <div class="dropdown-content">
      <a href="#" class="dropdown-item">
        Dropdown item
      <a class="dropdown-item">
        Other dropdown item
      <a href="#" class="dropdown-item is-active">
        Active dropdown item
      <a href="#" class="dropdown-item">
        Other dropdown item
      <hr class="dropdown-divider">
      <a href="#" class="dropdown-item">
        With a divider


#dropdown-toggle {
  display: none;

#dropdown-toggle:checked ~ #dropdown-menu {
  display: block;
  • The first rule hides the input checkbox.
  • The magic is in second rule. We use :checked and general sibling selector (~) to make the dropdown menu visible.

Tested on:

  • Bulma 0.7.1
  • Chromium 69.0.3497.81 on Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit)


[1]Dropdown | Bulma: a modern CSS framework based on Flexbox
[2]JavaScript for Bulma Dropdown
[3]Pure CSS Toggle (Show/Hide) HTML Element