Multiple modals overlay

Multiple modals overlay

I need that the overlay shows above the first modal, not in the back.

Launch modal

I tried to change the z-index of .modal-backdrop, but it becomes a mess.
In some cases I have more than two modals on the same page.


Solution 1:

After seeing many fixes for this, and none of them were exactly what I needed I’ve came up with a even shorter solution that is inspired by @YermoLamers & @Ketwaroo.

Backdrop z-index fix
This solution uses a setTimeout because the .modal-backdrop isn’t created when the event is triggered.

$(document).on('', '.modal', function () {
    var zIndex = 1040 + (10 * $('.modal:visible').length);
    $(this).css('z-index', zIndex);
    setTimeout(function() {
        $('.modal-backdrop').not('.modal-stack').css('z-index', zIndex - 1).addClass('modal-stack');
    }, 0);
  • This works for every .modal created on the page (even dynamic modals)
  • The backdrop instantly overlays the previous modal

Example jsfiddle

If you don’t like the hardcoded z-index for any reason you can calculate the highest z-index on the page like this:

var zIndex = Math.max.apply(null,'*'), function(el) {
})) + 10;

Scrollbar fix
If you have a modal on your page that exceeds the browser height, then you can’t scroll in it when closing an second modal. To fix this add:

$(document).on('', '.modal', function () {
    $('.modal:visible').length && $(document.body).addClass('modal-open');

This solution is tested with bootstrap 3.1.0 – 3.3.5

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Solution 2:

I realize an answer has been accepted, but I strongly suggest not hacking bootstrap to fix this.

You can pretty easily achieve the same effect by hooking the and event handlers and adjusting the z-index there.

Here’s a working example

A bit more info is available here.

This solution works automatically with arbitrarily deeply stacks modals.

The script source code:

$(document).ready(function() {

    $('.modal').on('', function(event) {
        $(this).removeClass( 'fv-modal-stack' );
        $('body').data( 'fv_open_modals', $('body').data( 'fv_open_modals' ) - 1 );

    $('.modal').on('', function (event) {
        // keep track of the number of open modals
        if ( typeof( $('body').data( 'fv_open_modals' ) ) == 'undefined' ) {
            $('body').data( 'fv_open_modals', 0 );

        // if the z-index of this modal has been set, ignore.
        if ($(this).hasClass('fv-modal-stack')) {

        $('body').data('fv_open_modals', $('body').data('fv_open_modals' ) + 1 );
        $(this).css('z-index', 1040 + (10 * $('body').data('fv_open_modals' )));
        $('.modal-backdrop').not('.fv-modal-stack').css('z-index', 1039 + (10 * $('body').data('fv_open_modals')));


Solution 3:

Something shorter version based off Yermo Lamers’ suggestion, this seems to work alright. Even with basic animations like fade in/out and even crazy batman newspaper rotate.

$('.modal').on('', function(event) {
    var idx = $('.modal:visible').length;
    $(this).css('z-index', 1040 + (10 * idx));
$('.modal').on('', function(event) {
    var idx = ($('.modal:visible').length) -1; // raise backdrop after animation.
    $('.modal-backdrop').not('.stacked').css('z-index', 1039 + (10 * idx));

Solution 4:

Combining A1rPun’s answer with the suggestion by StriplingWarrior, I came up with this:

    '': function () {
        var zIndex = 1040 + (10 * $('.modal:visible').length);
        $(this).css('z-index', zIndex);
        setTimeout(function() {
            $('.modal-backdrop').not('.modal-stack').css('z-index', zIndex - 1).addClass('modal-stack');
        }, 0);
    '': function() {
        if ($('.modal:visible').length > 0) {
            // restore the modal-open class to the body element, so that scrolling works
            // properly after de-stacking a modal.
            setTimeout(function() {
            }, 0);
}, '.modal');

Works even for dynamic modals added after the fact, and removes the second-scrollbar issue. The most notable thing that I found this useful for was integrating forms inside modals with validation feedback from Bootbox alerts, since those use dynamic modals and thus require you to bind the event to document rather than to .modal, since that only attaches it to existing modals.

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Fiddle here.

Solution 5:

I created a Bootstrap plugin that incorporates a lot of the ideas posted here.

Demo on Bootply:


It also addresses the issue with successive modals causing the backdrop to become darker and darker. This ensures that only one backdrop is visible at any given time:

if(modalIndex > 0)

The z-index of the visible backdrop is updated on both the and events:

$('.modal-backdrop:first').css('z-index', MultiModal.BASE_ZINDEX + (modalIndex * 20));

Solution 6:

When solving Stacking modals scrolls the main page when one is closed i found that newer versions of Bootstrap (at least since version 3.0.3) do not require any additional code to stack modals.

You can add more than one modal (of course having a different ID) to your page. The only issue found when opening more than one modal will be that closing one remove the modal-open class for the body selector.

You can use the following Javascript code to re-add the modal-open :

$('.modal').on('', function (e) {
    if($('.modal').hasClass('in')) {

In the case that do not need the backdrop effect for the stacked modal you can set data-backdrop="false".

Version 3.1.1. fixed Fix modal backdrop overlaying the modal’s scrollbar, but the above solution seems also to work with earlier versions.

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