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How to setup Tailwind in vite react project

How to setup Tailwind in vite react project

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Asela Priyadarshana
·Dec 20, 2022·

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Tailwind CSS is a utility-first CSS framework for rapidly building custom user interfaces. It is designed to be highly customizable and allows you to create unique designs without having to write your own CSS styles from scratch.

Tailwind provides a large number of utility classes that you can use to style your elements. For example, you can use classes like text-blue-500 or bg-green-100 to apply color to text or backgrounds. It also provides a number of responsive utility classes, so you can easily create responsive layouts that look good on all screen sizes.

To set up Tailwind in a Vite React project, you will need to do the following:

  1. Install the Tailwind CSS package from npm by running the following command:
npm install tailwindcss
  1. Next, you will need to create a Tailwind configuration file. To do this, run the following command:
npx tailwind init
  1. This will create a tailwind.config.js file in the root of your project. You can modify this file to customize the Tailwind configuration as needed.

  2. Next, you will need to add the Tailwind CSS styles to your project. There are a few different ways to do this, but one option is to create a tailwind.css file in the src directory of your project and import the Tailwind styles like this:

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;
  1. Then, in your React components, you can use the Tailwind classes to style your elements. For example:
import React from 'react';

function App() {
  return (
    <div className="bg-blue-500 text-white p-4">
      This is a blue container with white text and padding.
  1. Finally, you will need to add the tailwind.css file to your project's build process. If you are using Vite, you can do this by adding the following lines to your vite.config.js file:
import { vitePresetReact } from 'vite-preset-react';
import tailwind from 'tailwindcss';

export default {
  plugins: [tailwind()],

This will configure Vite to process the tailwind.css file using the Tailwind plugin, and include the resulting styles in your project.

After completing these steps, you should be able to use Tailwind CSS in your Vite React project.

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