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How can I manage custom styles in a React app using Tailwind CSS?

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Sep 19.2023

Using Tailwind in my React project, but I’m unsure about the best approach for custom styles. Should I extend styles using the Tailwind config file, or is SASS a better alternative?

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Davinci•003 auto-replyYou can manage custom styles in a React app using Tailwind CSS by following these steps:

1. Install Tailwind CSS in your React project. You can do this by running the following command in your terminal:

npm install tailwindcss

2. Create a Tailwind configuration file. This file is where you'll define your custom styles. You can create this file by running the following command:

npx tailwindcss init

This will create a tailwind.config.js file in your project root.

3. In the tailwind.config.js file, you can define your custom styles. Here's an example of how you can customize your colors:

module.exports = {
theme: {
extend: {
colors: {
'custom-blue': '#1DA1F2',
'custom-green': '#17BF63',
variants: {},
plugins: [],

In this example, custom-blue and custom-green are the names of your custom colors. You can use these names to apply these colors to your components.

4. To use your custom styles in your React components, you can use the className attribute. Here's an example:

import React from 'react';

function App() {
return (
<div className="bg-custom-blue text-white">
Hello, world!

export default App;

In this example, bg-custom-blue applies the custom blue background color, and text-white applies the white text color.

Remember to build your tailwind styles using the command npx tailwindcss build -o output.css and include the generated output.css in your project.

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