Materialize is a modern responsive CSS framework based on Material Design by Google.

The tabs structure consists of an unordered list of tabs that have hashes corresponding to tab ids. Then when you click on each tab, only the container with the corresponding tab id will become visible. You can add the class .disabled to make a tab inaccessible.

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Another Tab content

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Tabs automatically become scrollable when there are too many to fit on screen

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<div class="row">
  <div class="col s12">
    <ul class="tabs">
      <li class="tab col s3"><a href="#test1">Test 1</a></li>
      <li class="tab col s3"><a class="active" href="#test2">Test 2</a></li>
      <li class="tab col s3 disabled"><a href="#test3">Disabled Tab</a></li>
      <li class="tab col s3"><a href="#test4">Test 4</a></li>
  <div id="test1" class="col s12">Test 1</div>
  <div id="test2" class="col s12">Test 2</div>
  <div id="test3" class="col s12">Test 3</div>
  <div id="test4" class="col s12">Test 4</div>



  var instance = M.Tabs.init(el, options);


Name Type Default Description
duration Number 300 Transition duration in milliseconds.
onShow Function null Callback for when a new tab content is shown.
swipeable Boolean false Set to true to enable swipeable tabs. This also uses the responsiveThreshold option.
responsiveThreshold Number Infinity The maximum width of the screen, in pixels, where the swipeable functionality initializes.


All the methods are called on the plugin instance. You can get the plugin instance like this:

  var instance = M.Tabs.getInstance(elem);

Show tab content that corresponds to the tab with the id


String: The id of the tab that you want to switch to'tab_id');

Recalculate tab indicator position. This is useful when the indicator position is not correct.


Destroy plugin instance and teardown



Name Type Description
el Element The DOM element the plugin was initialized with.
options Object The options the instance was initialized with.
index Number The index of tab that is currently shown.

Preselecting a tab

By default, the first tab is selected. But if this is not what you want, you can preselect a tab by either passing in the hash in the url ex:#test2. Or you can add the class active to the a tag.

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  • Linking to an External Page

    By default, Materialize tabs will ignore their default anchor behaviour. To force a tab to behave as a regular hyperlink, just specify the target property of that link! A list of target values may be found here.

    <li class="tab col s2">
      <a target="_blank" href="">External link in new window</a>
    <li class="tab col s2">
      <a target="_self" href="">External link in same window</a>

    Swipeable Tabs

    By setting the swipeable option to true, you can enable tabs where you can swipe on touch enabled devices to switch tabs. Make sure you keep the tab content divs in the same wrapping container. You can also set the responsiveThreshold option to a screen width in pixels where the swipeable functionality will activate.

    Note: This is also touch compatible! Try swiping with your finger to scroll through the carousel.

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    <ul id="tabs-swipe-demo" class="tabs">
      <li class="tab col s3"><a href="#test-swipe-1">Test 1</a></li>
      <li class="tab col s3"><a class="active" href="#test-swipe-2">Test 2</a></li>
      <li class="tab col s3"><a href="#test-swipe-3">Test 3</a></li>
    <div id="test-swipe-1" class="col s12 blue">Test 1</div>
    <div id="test-swipe-2" class="col s12 red">Test 2</div>
    <div id="test-swipe-3" class="col s12 green">Test 3</div>

    Fixed Width Tabs

    Add the .tabs-fixed-width class to the tabs container

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    <ul class="tabs tabs-fixed-width tab-demo z-depth-1">
      <li class="tab"><a href="#test1">Test 1</a></li>
      <li class="tab"><a class="active" href="#test2">Test 2</a></li>
      <li class="tab disabled"><a href="#test3">Disabled Tab</a></li>
      <li class="tab"><a href="#test4">Test 4</a></li>
      <li class="tab"><a href="#test0">Test 5</a></li>
    <div id="test1" class="col s12"><p>Test 1</p></div>
    <div id="test2" class="col s12"><p>Test 2</p></div>
    <div id="test3" class="col s12"><p>Test 3</p></div>
    <div id="test4" class="col s12"><p>Test 4</p></div>
    <div id="test0" class="col s12"><p>Test 5</p></div>