How to setup Jekyll with Tailwind CSS?

This article is outdated, for current Jekyll and Tailwind setup check Giorgi’s tutorial and his boilterplate

Let’s start with blank Jekyll website by running jekyll new mysite --blank. Change working directory to mysite.

1. Install required packages

npm install tailwindcss@latest postcss@latest autoprefixer@latest postcss-import@latest

2. Setup PostCSS

Create Gemfile, add jekyll-postcss gem to it and run bundle install

# Gemfile

source ""

gem "jekyll", "~> 4.1.1"
gem 'jekyll-postcss'

Add jekyll-postcss plugin to _config.yml file

# _config.yml

url: "" # the base hostname & protocol for your site, e.g.
baseurl: "" # the subpath of your site, e.g. /blog
title: "" # the name of your site, e.g. ACME Corp.

  - jekyll-postcss

and create postcss.config.js file.

// postcss.config.js

module.exports = {
  plugins: [

3. Setup Tailwind CSS config file

Run npx tailwindcss init to create empty Tailwind config file.


module.exports = {
  purge: [],
  darkMode: false, // or 'media' or 'class'
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  variants: {
    extend: {},
  plugins: [],

4. Import Tailwind stylesheets to your CSS file.

Edit assets/css/main.scss file to make it look like this:


@import "tailwindcss/base";

@import "tailwindcss/components";

@import "tailwindcss/utilities";

Run jekyll serve. Jekyll is using Taiwlind CSS now.