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Nishit Bansal
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How to integrate TailwindCSS with ReactJS ? (In 9 easy steps)

1) Create a react application(with a name of your choice):

create-react-app tailwind-react

2) Install the following dev dependencies:

npm i -D tailwindcss postcss-cli autoprefixer

3) Generate the tailwind config file (has a list of all the classes):

npx tailwind init tailwind.js -full

4) Create a postcss.config.js file:

touch postcss.config.js

5) Write the following code in postcss.config.js:

const tailwind = require("tailwindcss");
module.exports = {
    plugins: {
        tailwindcss("./tailwind.js)
        require("autoprefixer)
    }
}
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6) In the src folder create a new folder 'assets' and create 2 new files "tailwind.css" and "main.css"

cd src

mkdir assets && cd assets

touch tailwind.css main.css

7) In tailwind.css write the following piece of code:

@import "tailwindcss/base";
@import "tailwindcss/components";
@import "tailwindcss/utility";
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8)Now, in package.json add follwing to

"scripts":{}

"start": "npm run watch:css && react-scripts start",
"build": "npm build build:css && react-scripts build",
"build:css":"postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css",
"watch:css":"postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css",
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Your scripts object should look something like this:

"scripts": {
    "start": "npm run watch:css && react-scripts start",
    "build": "npm run build:css && react-scripts build",
    "test": "react-scripts test",
    "eject": "react-scripts eject",
    "build:css": "postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css",
    "watch:css": "postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css"
  },
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9) Finally, run your react app:

npm run start

or

npm start

For a video demonstration of this entire process, please refer to @traversymedia 's video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiGmAI5e91M&t=488s

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AgnesFrank

It will help in managing data in a easy way with all the features on building data table using react table. sorts de rupture

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batuhanbilginn

Great post, thanks!

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Vashu Haritasya

Nice man 👍🏻!!

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Sattwik Sahu

Would you prefer to use ViteJS instead of CRA for a React project? Why / why not?

ViteJS is sponsored by TailwindLabs

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vaishnavi-git07

Nice bro!

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Nishit Bansal Author

Thanks @vaishnavigit07 :)

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Sanidhya Kashyap

Well explained 👍

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Nishit Bansal Author

Thanks @sanidhyakashyap :)

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Vivek Kumar Suvam

Noice!

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Nishit Bansal Author

Thanks @vksuvam :)

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Damien S

Thanks ! For me, I use Vite, which have a native tailwindcss integration

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Nishit Bansal Author

I don't know about Vite, thanks for the information! I'll definitely check it out!