Tailwind Tips

You can start designing with https://tailwindcss.com/ with livereload just like on their landing page.

Create sample app

Simples is to use gem tailwindcss-rails and its generator https://tailwindcss.com/docs/guides/ruby-on-rails

bundle add tailwindcss-rails
rails tailwindcss:install

Or you you want to use yarn and do it manually:

rails new command can accept -j and --css options. For js bundler we can choose esbuild, rollup or webpack https://github.com/rails/jsbundling-rails For css we can choose tailwind, bootstrap, bulma, postcss, sass https://github.com/rails/cssbundling-rails

rails new tailwind_livereload -j esbuild --css tailwind
cd tailwind_livereload

Than add build scripts to package.json

# package.json
  "scripts": {
    "build": "esbuild app/javascript/*.* --bundle --sourcemap --outdir=app/assets/builds",
    "build:css": "tailwindcss -i ./app/assets/stylesheets/application.tailwind.css -o ./app/assets/builds/application.css"

Than create sample page

rails g controller pages index --no-helper --no-test

# config/routes.rb
  root 'pages#index'

Install livereload

# Gemfile
group :development do
  gem "hotwire-livereload"

# this will enable some options
rails livereload:install

# config/environments/development.rb
config.hotwire_livereload.listen_paths << Rails.root.join("app/assets/builds")

You do not need any extension or add-on for firefox chrome safari.

Autosorting classes in vim using prettier is performed using Coc https://github.com/iamcco/coc-tailwindcss

:CocInstall coc-tailwindcss

Run the app using


For the error

The asset "application.css" is not present in the asset pipeline.

it is probably that you run the app using rails s command

You can also run with

docker-compose up
docker-compose down

Core concepts

https://tailwindcss.com/docs/responsive-design/ Responsive design uses 5 breakpoints

  • @media (min-width: 640px) small sm
  • @media (min-width: 768px) medium md
  • @media (min-width: 1024px) large lg
  • @media (min-width: 1280px) extra large xl
  • @media (min-width: 1536px) extra large 2xl

Use prefix like md: to apply on that screensize and bigger. Default is mobile size so do not use prefix sm:.

Use arbitraty values https://tailwindcss.com/docs/adding-custom-styles#using-arbitrary-values

<div class="top-[117px] lg:top-[344px]">

Use prefix to apply only in that state https://tailwindcss.com/docs/hover-focus-and-other-states

<button class="bg-sky-600 hover:bg-sky-700 ...">

<li class="flex py-4 first:pt-0 last:pb-0">

<tr class="odd:bg-white even:bg-slate-100">

also form elements based on required, invalid and disabled and also based on parent state using group-, for example cards https://tailwindcss.com/docs/hover-focus-and-other-states#styling-based-on-parent-state

<div class='max-w-lg p-6 bg-white group ring hover:bg-sky-500'>
  <h3 class='text-sm font-semibold text-slate-900 group-hover:text-white'>+ New project</h3>

Dark mode https://tailwindcss.com/docs/dark-mode is enabled using dark class on parent element

# tailwind.config.js
  darkMode: 'class'

or using system settings.

Add custom style TODO https://tailwindcss.com/docs/adding-custom-styles

Whats new in v3.0


TODO rebuild ios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSzNNYk7nVU


Add holder for resizing iframe, like on https://tailwindcss.com/docs/responsive-design


Use free component library https://daisyui.com