The quickest way to start using Tailwind CSS in your Next.js project is to use the Next.js + Tailwind CSS Example. This will automatically configure your Tailwind setup based on the official Next.js example. If you'd like to configure Tailwind manually, continue with the rest of this guide.

  1. Create your project

    Start by creating a new Next.js project if you don’t have one set up already. The most common approach is to use Create Next App.

    Terminal
    npx create-next-app my-projectcd my-project
  2. Install Tailwind CSS

    Install tailwindcss and its peer dependencies via npm, and then run the init command to generate both tailwind.config.js and postcss.config.js.

    Terminal
    npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixernpx tailwindcss init -p
  3. Configure your template paths

    Add the paths to all of your template files in your tailwind.config.js file.

    tailwind.config.js
    /** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
    module.exports = {
      content: [
        "./pages/**/*.{js,ts,jsx,tsx}",
        "./components/**/*.{js,ts,jsx,tsx}",
      ],
      theme: {
        extend: {},
      },
      plugins: [],
    }
    
  4. Add the Tailwind directives to your CSS

    Add the @tailwind directives for each of Tailwind’s layers to your ./styles/globals.css file.

    globals.css
    @tailwind base;
    @tailwind components;
    @tailwind utilities;
  5. Start your build process

    Run your build process with npm run dev.

    Terminal
    npm run dev
  6. Start using Tailwind in your project

    Start using Tailwind’s utility classes to style your content.

    index.js
    export default function Home() {
      return (
        <h1 className="text-3xl font-bold underline">
          Hello world!
        </h1>
      )
    }