How to set up Tailwindcss in Nuxt 3

How to set up Tailwindcss in Nuxt 3

Here's how you can set up Tailwindcss 3 in Nuxt 3

  • tailwindcss
  • nuxt3
Miracle Onyenma
Miracle Onyenma
2 min read

In this snippet post, I'll quickly walk you through how to set up Tailwindcss in your Nuxt 3 application. At the time of writing v3.2.4 is the latest version of Tailwind and v3.0.0 is the current stable version of Nuxt 3.

Create new Nuxt 3 project

If you don't have a Nuxt 3 project created already, you can create one and navigate to the newly created project by running:

npx nuxi init my-project

# navigate to newly created project
cd my-project

Install packages

Run the following to install the necessary packages and generate a tailwind.config.js file:

npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer

# generate `tailwind.config.js` file
npx tailwindcss init


Now we have to make a few configurations.

First, we'll add the @tailwind directives to our CSS file, create a new file ./assets/css/main.css or a css file of choice, if none is created already and enter the following:

/* ./assets/css/main.css */
@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

Then, in ./nuxt.config.ts, we'll enter the following to configure tailwind and autoprefixeras PostCSS plugins:

// ./nuxt.config.ts

export default defineNuxtConfig({
  css: ['~/assets/css/main.css'],
  postcss: {
    plugins: {
      tailwindcss: {},
      autoprefixer: {},

Next, we'll add the paths of the files that we want tailwind to scan and generate styles for in ./tailwind.config.js:

/* ./tailwind.config.js */

/** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
module.exports = {
  content: [
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  plugins: [],

With that, we can start using Tailwindcss styles in our project:

<!-- ./app.vue -->

  <h1 class="text-3xl font-bold underline">
    Hello world!

Resources and further reading

You can view the installation guide for Nuxt 3 from the Tailwind documentation.

Alright. I hope you found this useful! Happy coding!

Thanks for reading ❤