Setting Up Tailwind CSS with Vue CLI

Mar 7, 2020ยท1 min read

It's quite easy to set up Tailwind CSS within your Vue CLI project. Since Vue CLI is already shipped with PostCSS, all we have to do is to install Tailwind as a PostCSS plugin. If you look at this Vue CLI source code, you'll notice that Vue CLI will look through every possible PostCSS config file.

const hasPostCSSConfig = !!(loaderOptions.postcss || api.service.pkg.postcss || findExisting(api.resolve('.'), [

If the config file is not found, it will create a PostCSS config object where autoprefixer is loaded as a plugin.

if (!hasPostCSSConfig) {
  loaderOptions.postcss = {
    plugins: [

To set up Tailwind, first, we need to install Tailwind CSS:

$ npm install tailwindcss

Next, we have to create a new PostCSS config file on the root directory. Let's create one named postcss.config.js:

// postcss.config.js
module.exports = {
  plugins: [

And that's pretty much it. Now, all we have to do is to inject Tailwind's base, components, and utilities on our CSS file.

// /src/styles.css
@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

// rest of css...

If we import this CSS file, we can start using Tailwind utility classes on our Vue components.

// /src/main.js
import Vue from 'vue';
import App from './App.vue';
import './style.css';

Vue.config.productionTip = false;

new Vue({
  render: (h) => h(App),