Introducing Tailwind Play

Introducing Tailwind Play

Introducing Tailwind Play, the official Tailwind CSS playground!

Everything here works just like it does when you’re running Tailwind locally with a real build pipeline. You can customize your config file, use features like `@apply`, or even add third-party plugins.

Feel free to play with this example if you’re just learning, or trash it and start from scratch if you know enough to be dangerous. Have fun!

To get the most out of Tailwind, you need a build step. It’s the only way to be able to customize your tailwind.config.js file, extract components with @apply, or include plugins.

This isn’t a problem if you’ve already bought into the framework, but if you’re just trying to kick the tires for the first time it’s a lot of friction. You either have to set up a local development environment with PostCSS support, or stick to the static CDN build, which means you lose out on lots of cool features.

So today we’re excited to release the first version of Tailwind Play, an advanced online playground for Tailwind CSS that lets you use all of Tailwind’s build-time features directly in the browser.

Why are we introducing Tailwind Play?

It includes support for all of Tailwind’s coolest features, plus tons of stuff that’s even better in Tailwind Play than it is in your editor, like:

  • Customizing your Tailwind theme
  • Enabling special variants, like group-hover or focus-within
  • Using custom directives in your CSS like @apply@variants, and @responsive
  • Adding plugins like @tailwindcss/typography
  • Intelligent code completion and linting
  • Responsive design mode
  • One-click sharing

The code completion even updates the rendered preview in real-time, which creates an incredible design workflow in the browser — just navigate through different padding utilities with the arrow keys for example to find the perfect value without ever saving the file or even hitting enter!

Our responsive design mode lets you fine-tune the viewport while you’re working on your design, just like you can in Chrome DevTools. You can even drag the viewport beyond the available space, and the preview area will automatically zoom out, letting you design for larger screens even when you have limited space.

One-click sharing really is just that — you don’t even need to create an account. Click “Share” and you’ll immediately get a link to a snapshot of what you’re working on that you can share online.

Check it out at and let us know what you think!

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