How To Use Tailwind CSS In React.


By Amarachi Iheanacho

Technical Writer

Tailwind CSS is a popular utility-first CSS framework that provides a comprehensive set of pre-designed classes to help you quickly build beautiful and responsive user interfaces. When combined with React, a powerful JavaScript library for building user interfaces, you can create stunning and functional web applications with ease. In this blog post, we will explore how to use Tailwind CSS in React and highlight some best practices along the way.

Table of Content

  • Prerequisites
  • Getting Started
  • Step 1: Create a React Project
  • Step 2: Install Tailwind CSS
  • Step 3: Create Tailwind Configuration Files
  • Step 4: Configure tailwind.config.js
  • Step 5: Create Stylesheet Entry Point
  • Step 6: Import Tailwind CSS Styles
  • Step 7: Start Your React Project
  • Conclusion


Before we dive into using Tailwind CSS in React, make sure you have the following installed:

  • Node.js: This will provide the npm package manager, which we will use to install dependencies.
  • Create React App: A convenient tool for setting up a new React project with all the necessary configurations.

If you don't have these installed, you can follow the official documentation for Node.js and Create React App to get started.

Getting Started

Once you have the prerequisites set up, follow these steps to start using Tailwind CSS in your React project:

Step 1: Create a New React Project

Open your terminal and navigate to the directory where you want to create your project. Run the following command to create a new React project using Create React App:

In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk through the process of integrating Tailwind CSS into a React project.

npx create-react-app my-tailwind-react-app

Replace "my-tailwind-react-app" with your desired project name.

Step 2: Install Tailwind CSS

Navigate to your project directory:

cd my-tailwind-react-app

Install Tailwind CSS and its dependencies using npm:

npm install tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer

Step 3: Create Tailwind Configuration Files

Generate the configuration files for Tailwind CSS:

npx tailwindcss init -p

This command creates a tailwind.config.js file and a postcss.config.js file in your project root.

Step 4: Configure tailwind.config.js

Open the tailwind.config.js file in your code editor. Customize the configuration based on your project requirements. For example:

// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
// ... other configurations
theme: {
extend: {},
plugins: [],

Step 5: Create Stylesheet Entry Point

Create a new CSS file, for example, src/styles/tailwind.css, and include the following:

/* src/styles/tailwind.css */
@import 'tailwindcss/base';
@import 'tailwindcss/components';
@import 'tailwindcss/utilities';

Step 6: Import Tailwind CSS Styles

Import the "src/styles/tailwind.css" file into your "src/index.css":

/* src/index.css */
/* ... other imports */
import './styles/tailwind.css';

Step 7: Start Your React Project

Now that everything is set up, start your React development server:

npm start

Visit http://localhost:3000 in your browser, and you should see your React project with Tailwind CSS styles applied.

Step 8: Using Tailwind CSS Classes in React Components

We are going to create a simple React card using Tailwind CSS. To do this, we must first open our APP.js file, delete the code there, and write the code below.


function App() {
return (
<section className="App h-screen w-full flex justify-center items-center bg-purple-500">
<div className="w-full max-w-md bg-white-800">
className="rounded-t-xl bg-white px-6 py-6 md:p-6 text-lg md:text-xl leading-8
Md:leading-8 font-semibold"
<p className="text-purple-900 text-xl md:text-xl font-black text-center pb-2">
Tailwind CSS
className="text-indigo-700 text-base md:text-base italic
font-normal text-center"
"A utility-first CSS framework for rapid UI development. "
className="flex items-center space-x-4 p-6 md:px-6 md:py-6
bg-gradient-to-tr from-purple-700 to-indigo-700 rounded-b-xl
leading-6 font-semibold text-white"
className="flex-none w-14 h-14 bg-white rounded-full shadow-2xl
items-center justify-center"
viewBox="0 0 256 153.6"
<linearGradient id="a" x1="-2.778%" y1="32%" y2="67.556%">
<stop offset="0" stop-color="#2298bd" />
<stop offset="1" stop-color="#0ed7b5" />
d="M128 0C93.867 0 72.533 17.067 64 51.2 76.8 34.133 91.
733 27.733 108.8 32c9.737 2.434 16.697 9.499 24.401 17.
318C145.751 62.057 160.275 76.8 192 76.8c34.133 0 55.467-17.
067 64-51.2-12.8 17.067-27.733 23.467-44.8 19.2-9.737-2.
434-16.697-9.499-24.401-17.318C174.249 14.743 159.
725 0 128 0zM64 76.8C29.867 76.8 8.533 93.867 0 128c12.8-17.
067 27.733-23.467 44.8-19.2 9.737 2.434 16.697 9.499 24.
401 17.318C81.751 138.857 96.275 153.6 128 153.6c34.133 0
55.467-17.067 64-51.2-12.8 17.067-27.733 23.467-44.8 19.
2-9.737-2.434-16.697-9.499-24.401-17.318C110.249 91.543
95.725 76.8 64 76.8z"
<div className="flex-auto text-base md:text-base font-thin">
Created By
<br />
<span className="text-xl md:text-xl text-purple-200 font-black">Adam Wathan</span>
export default App;

Your browser should look similar to the image below.

Tailwind CSS

"A utility-first CSS framework for rapid UI development."

Created By
Adam Wathan

Feel free to explore the extensive list of Tailwind CSS classes to style your React components efficiently.


Congratulations! You have successfully set up Tailwind CSS in your React project and learned how to use its utility classes to style your components. Tailwind CSS provides a powerful and flexible way to create beautiful and responsive designs in React with minimal effort.

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