How To Use Tailwind CSS with Next.js

    In this guide, we'll walk through how to install Tailwind CSS in a Next.js project. If you are on version 9.2 or above, there's an even simpler way!

    1Create a new project

    If you are starting fresh, run the following command to create a new Next.js project. Otherwise, you can proceed with these steps to add Tailwind to an existing Next.js app.

    npm create next-app next-js-tailwind
    cd next-js-tailwind

    2Install dependencies

    Run the following to install Tailwind and a few other dependencies:

    npm install tailwindcss autoprefixer postcss-loader --save-dev
    npm install @zeit/next-css

    3Configure the build pipeline

    Create a postcss.config.js file with the following:

    module.exports = {
    plugins: [

    Then, create a next.config.js file and wrap your config with the withCSS function. This tells Next.js to process CSS files that you import in your code.

    const withCSS = require('@zeit/next-css');
    module.exports = withCSS({});

    4Add Tailwind to your CSS

    Create a CSS file in a styles directory and add the Tailwind directives:

    mkdir styles && touch styles/main.css
    cat >styles/main.css <<EOL
    @tailwind base;
    @tailwind components;
    @tailwind utilities;

    5Import your CSS

    If you don't already have a custom pages/_app.js file, create one like this:

    import '../styles/main.css';
    function App({ Component, pageProps }) {
    return <Component {...pageProps} />;
    export default App;

    If you already have a custom app file, just add the import for your stylesheet. That's it! You can now start using Tailwind CSS utilities in your className attributes!

    Check out the source on GitHub →