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Webpacker 6: Tailwind CSS 2.0 Integration

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Published Dec 23rd, 2020

In order to add Tailwind CSS 2.0 to your Rails 6 + Webpacker 6 application, you need PostCSS set up, plus a few additional steps.

Tailwind CSS has detailed documentation on preprocessor usage so refer to that for further setup.

Note: This section builds on the PostCSS section


yarn add tailwindcss

Add Tailwind CSS Config File

yarn tailwind init

Update PostCSS Config

// postcss.config.js

module.exports = {
  plugins: [
+   require('tailwindcss'),


You should be able to use the same pack tag that you added for CSS.

Make sure you restart bin/webpack-dev-server after installing new loaders.

Style Loader Example

<%# app/views/layouts/application.html.erb %>

+ <%= stylesheet_packs_with_chunks_tag 'application', media: 'all', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>
<%= javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag 'application', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>

Extract Example

<%# app/views/layouts/application.html.erb %>

<%= javascript_packs_with_chunks_tag 'application', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>
+ <%= stylesheet_pack_tag 'application', media: 'all', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>
// app/javascript/packs/application.js

+ import "./application.css"


Note: Make sure you restart the dev server!

Let’s create a new PostCSS file:

touch app/javascript/stylesheets/base.css
echo "@import 'tailwindcss/base';" >> app/javascript/stylesheets/base.css
touch app/javascript/stylesheets/utilities.css
echo "@import 'tailwindcss/utilities';" >> app/javascript/stylesheets/utilities.css
touch app/javascript/stylesheets/components.css
echo "@import 'tailwindcss/components';" >> app/javascript/stylesheets/components.css

Next, add some CSS:

/* app/javascript/stylesheets/base.css */

@import "tailwindcss/base";

+ h1 {
+   font-size: 2.2em;
+   color: #2563eb;
+ }
+ p {
+   font-size: 1.2em;
+ }

Lastly, update application.css:

/* app/javascript/packs/application.css */

@import "../stylesheets/base.css";
@import "../stylesheets/components.css";
@import "../stylesheets/utilities.css";

Reload your browser and your styles should be applied now with Tailwind CSS, and the Webpacker loader error should be gone.

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