Get up and running with Tailwind CSS and Next.js

Jamie Barton
Nov 23, 2018 · 4 min read
Illustration by Damian Kidd (Dribbble, Instagram) ❤️

Create a Next.js project

Initialize a new npm project

npm init -y

Install dependencies

npm install --save next react react-dom @zeit/next-css

Install devDependencies

npm install --save-dev tailwindcss autoprefixer cssnano postcss-easy-import

Configure npm scripts

"scripts": {
"dev": "next",
"build": "next build",
"start": "next start"

Configure Next.js + CSS

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

Create a page

export default () => (
<div className="p-4 shadow rounded bg-white">
<h1 className="text-purple leading-normal">Next.js</h1>
<p className="text-grey-dark">with Tailwind CSS</p>

Start the server

npm run dev
This is Hyper by the creators of Next.js

Configure and integrate Tailwind

Create a Tailwind config file

./node_modules/.bin/tailwind init

Configure PostCSS

const tailwindcss = require('tailwindcss')module.exports = {
plugins: [

Using Tailwind

Import Tailwind into your CSS

@tailwind base;
@tailwind utilities;
body {
@apply bg-grey-light p-12;
@import "tailwindcss/preflight";
@import "tailwindcss/components";
@import "tailwindcss/utilities";

Import your CSS with Next.js

import '../styles/index.css'

Start the Next.js app


Thanks to

Jamie Barton

Written by

Programmer Dad & Husband 🤘

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