Change navbar header background colour Ionic


I want to change the colour of the navbar header in my Ionic 2 / Angular 2 app, how would i do this?

This CSS in DOM is .toolbar-background

<ion-navbar *navbar>
    Header title

In the older version it was as simple as: -

<div class="bar bar-header bar-stable">
  <h1 class="title">bar-stable</h1>

I want to have the header blue, with a white icon on the left and a white icon on the right, across all pages?

Any ideas,



You want .toolbar-background

.toolbar-background {
  background-color: blue;

Here’s a pen:


So you have to manually over-ride the global CSS rather than applying different class’s / themes like in Ionic v1?

eg: bar-balanced class etc?

In the example below how would you add white btn icons left and right?

<ion-navbar *navbar>
    Header title

Also - the navbar - would you create this as a page directive and insert that template into all pages, rather than re-writing it on all pages?

Thanks for the reply.

Seems a lot more messing to do this compared to v1

Well, you could just apply your own class to the <ion-title>

Here’s the updated pen:

But if you do that you have to put it on each tab. It sounded to me like you wanted to override the default style since you wanted it everywhere.

Yeah ill have to override the default styling rather than add a class.

I just thought that you could add the ionic classes to the navbar and build up your navbar that way like in the older versions, in the above code example, if not ill override it. Cheers

It is simple now to :slight_smile:

<ion-navbar *navbar primary></ion-navbar>
<ion-navbar *navbar secondary></ion-navbar>
<ion-navbar *navbar danger></ion-navbar>




Brilliant! Thank you.

How do you add icons left and right with the new setup?

Something like this?

<ion-navbar *navbar primary hideBackButton="true">
      <ion-icon name="arrow-back"></ion-icon>

  <ion-buttons end>
      <ion-icon name="checkmark"></ion-icon>
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Yes :slight_smile: Thanks for your help, spot on!

Is it correct that you have to set the ion-navbar colour on every page now then or is there a way to add the colour variable once and have it applied to each page? I tried setting it in the app.html on the ion-nav but that doesn’t seem to work.


Setting that in app.html will not work because every new screen is show over past screen and app.html is just like some wrapper.

Sorry I don’t know how could you set this color in one place.

Unfortunately, this no longer appears to work in the latest version of Ionic2 (as of 10/25/16 - ionic -version = 2.1.4) with the following dependencies in package.json:

"@angular/common": "2.0.0",
"@angular/compiler": "2.0.0",
"@angular/compiler-cli": "0.6.2",
"@angular/core": "2.0.0",
"@angular/forms": "2.0.0",
"@angular/http": "2.0.0",
"@angular/platform-browser": "2.0.0",
"@angular/platform-browser-dynamic": "2.0.0",
"@angular/platform-server": "2.0.0",
"@ionic/storage": "1.0.3",
"ionic-angular": "2.0.0-rc.1",
"ionic-native": "2.2.3",

To solve, this I had to add the following to app.scss:

.toolbar-background {
    background-color: blue;
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This work for me. In variable.scss I added the property as navbarColor: #009688

$colors: (
  primary:     #387ef5,
  secondary:   #32db64,
  danger:      #f53d3d,
  light:       #f4f4f4,
  dark:        #222,
  favorite:    #69BB7B,
  navbarColor: #009688

And added in my home.html at the ion-navbar element.
<ion-navbar color='navbarColor'></ion-navbar>


for me this worked
<ion-navbar navbarColor></ion-navbar>

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With Ionic 2 rc2 we have the following variables we can use to change the toolbar appearance:


Can confirm this worked for me (using RC3)

$toolbar-background: #123456;
$toolbar-border-color: #123456;
$toolbar-text-color: #123456;
$toolbar-active-color: #123456;
$toolbar-inactive-color: #123456;

Thanks! @fiznool


works for me…
<ion-navbar no-border-bottom [color]="isAndroid ? 'primary' : 'light'">

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Hm, doesn’t seem to work in rc4? I’ve tried setting these values directly in app.scss, but there’s no effect… e.g.:

//(some app.scss file comments above)

$toolbar-background: red;
$toolbar-text-color: orange;

Am I doing something wrong here?

Apparently, I am :slight_smile: the variables part should go into the /src/theme/variables.scss file. It works as expected.

It’s an simple concept so don’t get confuse on change navbar color.
following codes are helpful to you…

<ion-navbar color="primary">
    <ion-title>Not Delivered Details</ion-title>
    <ion-buttons end>


Great work vaibsVB. Brilliant !!