How to install and set up Tailwind CSS with Nextjs.


By Emmanuel Chinonso

Web Developer and Writer

Tailwind CSS is a highly customizable, low-level CSS framework that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without any annoying opinionated styles you have to fight to override. Integrating Tailwind CSS with Next.js is straightforward and enhances your development workflow. Let’s dive into the setup process.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following installed:

  • Node.js 12.13.0 or later
  • npm 6.14.4 or later (or Yarn)

Table of content

  • Step 1: Create a Next.js Project
  • Step 2: Install Tailwind CSS Dependencies in Next.js application
  • Step 3: Create Tailwind CSS Configuration Files
  • Step 4: Configure tailwind.config.js
  • Step 5: Create Your Styles
  • Step 6: Import Tailwind CSS Styles
  • Step 7: Start Your Next.js Project
  • Conclusion

Step 1: Create a Next.js Project

If you haven't already, create a new Next.js project using the following command in your terminal:

npx create-next-app my-nextjs-project

Replace "my-nextjs-project" with the desired name for your project.

Step 2: Install Tailwind CSS Dependencies in Next.js application

Navigate to your project directory:

cd my-nextjs-project

Install the necessary dependencies for Tailwind CSS:

npm install tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer

This will install Tailwind CSS, PostCSS, and Autoprefixer. It also generates tailwind.config.js and postcss.config.js files in your project directory.

Step 3: Create Tailwind CSS 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, you can define custom colors, fonts, and other styling options.

module.exports = {
content: [
// Add more paths here if you have them
// Other configurations...

Step 5: Create Your Styles

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

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

Step 6: Import Tailwind CSS Styles

In your pages _app.js file, import the styles/tailwind.css file:

// pages/_app.js
import '../styles/tailwind.css';
function MyApp({ Component, pageProps }) {
return <Component {...pageProps} />;
export default MyApp;

Step 7: Start Your Next.js Project

Now that everything is set up, start your Next.js development server:

npm run dev

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


Congratulations! You've successfully installed and set up Tailwind CSS in your Next.js project. By leveraging the power of Tailwind CSS and Next.js, you can build modern and responsive user interfaces efficiently. Tailwind CSS's utility-first approach, combined with Next.js's server-side rendering capabilities, provides a solid foundation for developing high-quality web applications.


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