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Integrate Tailwind CSS with the asset pipeline in Rails.


>= 6.0.0
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Tailwind CSS for Rails

Tailwind CSS is a utility-first CSS framework packed with classes like flex, pt-4, text-center and rotate-90 that can be composed to build any design, directly in your markup.

This gem wraps the standalone executable version of the Tailwind CSS 3 framework. These executables are platform specific, so there are actually separate underlying gems per platform, but the correct gem will automatically be picked for your platform. Supported platforms are Linux x64, macOS arm64, macOS x64, and Windows x64. (Note that due to this setup, you must install the actual gems – you can't pin your gem to the github repo.)

You can customize the Tailwind build through the config/tailwind.config.js file, just like you would if Tailwind was running in a traditional node installation. All the first-party plugins are supported.

The installer will create your Tailwind input file in app/assets/stylesheets/application.tailwind.css. This is where you import the plugins you want to use, and where you can setup your custom @apply rules. When you run rails tailwindcss:build, this input file will be used to generate the output in app/assets/builds/tailwind.css. That's the output CSS that you'll include in your app (the installer automatically configures this, alongside the Inter font as well).

If you need to use a custom input or output file, you can run bundle exec tailwindcss to access the platform-specific executable, and give it your own build options.

When you're developing your application, you want to run Tailwind in watch mode, so changes are automatically reflected in the generated CSS output. You can do this either by running rails tailwindcss:watch as a separate process, or by running ./bin/dev which uses foreman to starts both the Tailwind watch process and the rails server in development mode. If you are running rails tailwindcss:watch as a process in a Docker container, set tty: true in docker-compose.yml for the appropriate container to keep the watch process running.


With Rails 7 you can generate a new application preconfigured with Tailwind by using --css tailwind. If you're adding Tailwind later, you need to:

  1. Run ./bin/bundle add tailwindcss-rails
  2. Run ./bin/rails tailwindcss:install

Building in production

The tailwindcss:build is automatically attached to assets:precompile, so before the asset pipeline digests the files, the Tailwind output will be generated.

Building for testing

The tailwindcss:build is automatically attached to test:prepare, which runs before Rails tests. (Note that this currently only applies to rails test:* tasks (like test:all or test:controllers), not "rails test", as that doesn't load test:prepare).

Conflict with sassc-rails

Tailwind uses modern CSS features that are not recognized by the sassc-rails extension that was included by default in the Gemfile for Rails 6. In order to avoid any errors like SassC::SyntaxError, you must remove that gem from your Gemfile.

Class names must be spelled out

For Tailwind to work, your class names need to be spelled out. They can't be programmatically composed. So no "text-gray-#{grade}", only "text-gray-500".


Some common problems experienced by users ...

ERROR: Cannot find the tailwindcss executable for <supported platform>

Some users are reporting this error even when running on one of the supported native platforms:

  • arm64-darwin
  • x64-mingw32
  • x86_64-darwin
  • x86_64-linux
  • aarch64-linux

Check Bundler PLATFORMS

A possible cause of this is that Bundler has not been told to include native gems for your current platform. Please check your Gemfile.lock file to see whether your native platform is included in the PLATFORMS section. If necessary, run:

bundle lock --add-platform <platform-name>

and re-bundle.


Another common cause of this is that bundler is configured to always use the "ruby" platform via the BUNDLE_FORCE_RUBY_PLATFORM config parameter being set to true. Please remove this configuration:

bundle config unset force_ruby_platform
# or
bundle config set --local force_ruby_platform false

and re-bundle.

See for more information.

"No such file or directory" running on Alpine (musl)

When running tailwindcss on an Alpine system, some users report a "No such file or directory" error message.

Install gnu libc compatibility

The cause of this is the upstream tailwindcss binary executables being built on a gnu libc system, making them incompatible with standard musl libc systems.

A fix for this has been proposed upstream at tailwindlabs/tailwindcss#6785, but in the meantime a workaround is to install compatibility libraries:

apk add build-base gcompat

Using asset-pipeline assets

In Rails, you want to use assets from the asset pipeline to get fingerprinting. However, Tailwind isn't aware of those assets. To use assets from the pipeline, use url(image.svg). Since Sprockets v3.3.0 url(image.svg) will then automatically be rewritten to /path/to/assets/image-7801e7538c6f1cc57aa75a5876ab0cac.svg. So the output CSS will have the correct path to those assets.

module.exports = {
    theme: {
        extend: {
            backgroundImage: {
                'image': "url('image.svg')"

The inline version also works:

<section class="bg-[url('image.svg')]">Has the image as it's background</section>


Tailwind for Rails is released under the MIT License. Tailwind CSS is released under the MIT License. The Inter font is released under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1.