I used to choose Bulma as CSS framework for my personal projects. Recently, I found out that Tailwind CSS v2 interesting to try. Let’s begin

Init Vue 3 project

For now, I still stick with Vue CLI to create new Vue project, as it is the best option for me. But you can also try Vite too, it’s fast.

Enter the command below to create a new project, you will be prompted to pick a preset. Then you can choose your own configurations:

vue create my-app

Install Tailwind CSS

Install Tailwind and its peer-dependencies:

npm install -D tailwindcss@npm:@tailwindcss/postcss7-compat @tailwindcss/postcss7-compat postcss@^7 autoprefixer@^9

Add tailwind.config.js Tailwind configuration file at the root of your project:

const colors = require('tailwindcss/colors')

module.exports = {
    purge: [
    darkMode: 'class', // or 'media' or false
    theme: {
        colors: colors,
        extend: {
            colors: {
                'light-blue': colors.lightBlue
            spacing: {
                'xl': '28rem',
                '2xl': '32rem',
                '3xl': '36rem',
                'full': '100%'
    variants: {},
    plugins: [],


Next, add postcss.config.js file at the root of your project, too:

module.exports = {
  plugins: {
    tailwindcss: {},
    autoprefixer: {},

Finally, add tailwind.css file to your project assets folder at the address like this: ./src/assets/css

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

And ensure it is being imported in your ./src/main.js file:

import { createApp } from 'vue'
import App from './App.vue'
import '@/assets/css/tailwind.css'


Note: Don’t try to import Tailwind in your scss file because it may crash your computer. As I said Tailwind file size is extremely large, and when your SCSS compiles to CSS file, it will take huge resources of your computer.


Use Tailwind @apply directive to reducing repetition of elements that have same classes. For example:

// without using `@apply` directive
// ./src/components/HelloWord.vue
    <button class="shadow rounded font-bold py-2 px-4 focus:outline-none bg-green-600 hover:bg-green-700 text-white">Confirm</button>
    <button class="shadow rounded font-bold py-2 px-4 focus:outline-none bg-gray-500 hover:bg-gray-600 text-white">Cancel</button>
// with using `@apply` directive
// ./src/components/HelloWord.vue
    <button class="btn is-primary">Confirm</button>
    <button class="btn is-dark">Cancel</button>

<style lang="scss">
    .btn {
        @apply shadow rounded font-bold py-2 px-4 focus:outline-none;

        &.is-primary {
            @apply bg-green-600 hover:bg-green-700 text-white;

        &.is-dark {
            @apply bg-gray-500 hover:bg-gray-600 text-white;


With those simple steps above, Tailwind CSS is ready for your Vue project. You might not need to write a single line of CSS to build a beautiful layout :) Enjoy!