Laravel 11 Install Tailwind CSS Step by Step

By Hardik Savani May 23, 2024 Category : Laravel

In this tutorial, I will share with you how to install Tailwind CSS in the laravel 11 application.

Tailwind CSS is a popular open-source utility-first CSS framework that allows developers to rapidly build responsive, customizable, and modern user interfaces.

Unlike traditional CSS frameworks that offer pre-designed UI components, Tailwind CSS focuses on providing a set of low-level utility classes that can be used to style any HTML element. These classes are designed to be composable, meaning they can be combined to create complex designs without writing custom CSS.

In this post, I will give three ways to install Tailwind CSS in your Laravel application. You can see the list below:

1) Install Tailwind CSS using npm

2) Install Tailwind CSS using Breeze

3) Install Tailwind CSS using Jetstream

laravel 11 install tailwind css

So, let's follow the steps below to install Tailwind CSS in a Laravel application.

1) Install Tailwind CSS using npm

In this step, i will give you list of steps using npm command. so let's follow it.

Step 1: Install Laravel 11

This step is not required; however, if you have not created the Laravel app, then you may go ahead and execute the below command:

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

Step 2: Install Tailwind CSS

Let's install Tailwind CSS with the dependency and create the tailwind.config.js file. So, run the command below:

npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer
  
npx tailwindcss init

Step 3: Configure Template Path

Here, open `tailwind.config.js` file and add the file paths there:

tailwind.config.js

/** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
export default {
  content: [
    "./resources/**/*.blade.php",
    "./resources/**/*.js",
    "./resources/**/*.vue",
  ],
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  },
  plugins: [
  ],
}

Step 4: Add Tailwind with Laravel mix

Here, open vite.config.js file and add lines there:

vite.config.js

import { defineConfig } from 'vite';
import laravel from 'laravel-vite-plugin';
import tailwindcss from 'tailwindcss';

export default defineConfig({
    plugins: [
        laravel({
            input: ['resources/css/app.css', 'resources/js/app.js'],
            refresh: true,
        }),
    ],
    css: {
        postcss: {
          plugins: [tailwindcss()],
        },
    }
});

Step 5: Add Tailwind CSS in app.css file

Here, open the app.css file and add lines there:

resources/css/app.css

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

Step 6: Install npm and Build

Run "npm install" command and then build it with "npm run watch" command:

npm install

Build npm process:

npm run dev

Step 7: Use Tailwind CSS in App

Now, you can use Tailwind CSS in your Blade file as shown below:

resources/views/welcome.blade.php

<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  @vite('resources/css/app.css')
</head>
<body>
  <div class="container mx-auto px-10">
      <h1 class="text-3xl font-bold underline">
        How to Install Tailwind CSS in Laravel 11? - ItSolutionStuff.com
      </h1>
  
      <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod
      tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam,
      quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo
      consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse
      cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat ncupidatat non
      proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.</p>
  </div>
</body>
</html>

Let's see below output:

2) Install Tailwind CSS using Breeze

In this step, i will give you list of steps using npm command. so let's follow it.

Step 1: Install Laravel

If have not already setup of laravel application then you can run below command to get fresh laravel app:

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

Step 2: Install Breeze

Let's run bellow command to install laravel breeze package by bellow command:

composer require laravel/breeze --dev

Next you have to install laravel breeze for simple auth scaffolding. so let's run bellow command:

php artisan breeze:install

Now let's run bellow command for install npm:

npm install 
  
npm run dev

That's it. you will have setup on tailwind css based.

3) Install Tailwind CSS using Jetstream

In this step, i will give you list of steps using npm command. so let's follow it.

Step 1: Install Laravel

If have not already setup of laravel application then you can run below command to get fresh laravel app:

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

Step 2: Install Jetstream

Now, in this step, we need to use composer command to install jetstream, so let's run bellow command and install bellow library.

composer require laravel/jetstream

Step 3: Create Auth with Livewire:

now, we need to create authentication using bellow command. you can create basic login, register and email verification. if you want to create team management then you have to pass addition parameter. you can see bellow commands:

php artisan jetstream:install livewire
  
OR
  
php artisan jetstream:install livewire --teams

Now, let's node js package:

npm install

let's run package:

npm run dev

That's it. you will have setup on tailwind css based.

I hope it can help you...

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