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Tailwind CSS


Tailwind CSS is a utility-first CSS framework that works exceptionally well with Next.js.

Installing Tailwind

Install the Tailwind CSS packages and run the init command to generate both the tailwind.config.js and postcss.config.js files:

npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer
npx tailwindcss init -p

Configuring Tailwind

Inside tailwind.config.js, add paths to the files that will use Tailwind CSS class names:

/** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
module.exports = {
  content: [
    './app/**/*.{js,ts,jsx,tsx,mdx}', // Note the addition of the `app` directory.
    // Or if using `src` directory:
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  plugins: [],

You do not need to modify postcss.config.js.

Importing Styles

Add the Tailwind CSS directives that Tailwind will use to inject its generated styles to a Global Stylesheet in your application, for example:

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

Inside the custom app file (pages/_app.js), import the globals.css stylesheet to apply the styles to every route in your application.

// These styles apply to every route in the application
import '@/styles/globals.css'
import type { AppProps } from 'next/app'
export default function App({ Component, pageProps }: AppProps) {
  return <Component {...pageProps} />

Using Classes

After installing Tailwind CSS and adding the global styles, you can use Tailwind's utility classes in your application.

export default function Page() {
  return <h1 className="text-3xl font-bold underline">Hello, Next.js!</h1>

Usage with Turbopack

As of Next.js 13.1, Tailwind CSS and PostCSS are supported with Turbopack.