How to use @apply directive in Tailwind CSS

In this section we will see how to use @apply directive in tailwind css. Tailwind @apply directive using for create short and reusable class. If you are using framework like laravel, react or vue then do not use @apply directive. this framework have there own reusable style. but you can use small components like button, color and style classes.

Before start you need to first install & setup tailwind css.

How to install & setup Tailwind CSS v3


Example 1

Create button using @apply directive

src/input.css or main.css or tailwind.css

@tailwind base;

@tailwind components;

.btn {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold rounded;
}

.btn-blue {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold text-white bg-blue-500 rounded hover:bg-blue-700;
}

@tailwind utilities;

use .btn and .btn-blue.

<button class="btn btn-blue">Button</button>
tailwind @apply class

tailwind @apply class


If you like bootstrap class name style then you can use @apply to create button like this.

@tailwind base;

@tailwind components;

.btn {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold rounded;
}

.btn-blue {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold text-white bg-blue-500 rounded hover:bg-blue-700;
}
.btn-success {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold text-white bg-green-500 rounded hover:bg-green-700;
}
.btn-danger {
  @apply px-4 py-2 font-bold text-white bg-red-500 rounded hover:bg-red-700;
}

@tailwind utilities;

Bootstrap like button style using @apply.

<button class="btn btn-blue">Button</button>
<button class="btn btn-success">Success Button</button>
<button class="btn btn-danger">Danger Button</button>
tailwind @apply class

tailwind @apply class

Example 2

You can also create base typography value.

src/input.css or main.css or tailwind.css

@tailwind base;

@layer base {
  h1 {
    @apply text-5xl;
  }
  h2 {
    @apply text-4xl;
  }
  h3 {
    @apply text-3xl;
  }
  h4 {
    @apply text-2xl;
  }
  h5 {
    @apply text-xl;
  }
  h6 {
    @apply text-lg;
  }
}

@tailwind components;


@tailwind utilities;

Set default value h1,h2...h6 using tailwind @apply directive.

<div>
    <h1>h1 set deafult value using @apply directive</h1>
    <h2>h2 set deafult value using @apply directive</h2>
    <h3>h3 set deafult value using @apply directive</h3>
    <h4>h4 set deafult value using @apply directive</h4>
    <h5>h5 set deafult value using @apply directive</h5>
    <h6>h4 set deafult value using @apply directive</h6>
</div>
tailwind reusable style

tailwind reusable style



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