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Tailwind CSS Multi Theme

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Most theme plugins ask too much from the start. If you know how to create a simple page with default Tailwind, you already know how to use this theme plugin.

🧪 See it live

🧱 See examples

💿 Install

npm install tailwindcss-multi-theme


to the
property, with the value(s) of your theme(s), and require the plugin. That's it.
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    themeVariants: ['dark']
  variants: {
    // just add dark to any variant that you want to style
  plugins: [require('tailwindcss-multi-theme')],

It will create a set of classes based on your

and expect a class
at the top of your HTML document.

themeVariants: ['dark']
would activate its classes under

🚀 Usage


is the only configuration option.

It expects an array of strings, so there is no limit to how many themes you can create. Want a dark and a neon theme (you don't need to specify your default)? Do this:

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    themeVariants: ['dark', 'neon']
  variants: {
    // just add dark and neon to any variant that you want to style
  plugins: [require('tailwindcss-multi-theme')],

You can now place the class

at the top of your HTML (eg. on
or an enclosing
) and just write classes like:

dark:bg-gray-900 dark:text-gray-300

But just this won't work. You need to specify what variants of your theme you want, in your

variants: {
  backgroundColor: ['responsive', 'hover', 'focus', 'dark'],
  textColor: ['responsive', 'hover', 'focus', 'dark'],

What if you need to style the

or any other variant on some specific theme?
variants: {
  backgroundColor: ['responsive', 'hover', 'focus', 'dark', 'dark:hover', 'dark:focus'],
  textColor: ['responsive', 'hover', 'focus', 'dark', 'dark:hover', 'dark:focus'],

The same way you would write it in HTML (

) you write in your
settings, just by adding a
before the variant.

So, if you're already using

, it would be called
, considering your theme is called

Using inside CSS with

UPDATE: Tailwind CSS ^1.7.0 (Use

with variants and other complex classes) now supports this syntax:

.btn {
  @apply border-4 border-gray-300 dark:border-dark-gray-600;

Another way, (and the only way for Tailwind CSS prior to v1.7.0), is the following.

If you're more into writing some CSS using

, you could try the code below. Note that it needs nesting support, and you can find more about it in the official docs.
input {
  @apply bg-gray-300;

input:focus { @apply bg-white; }


  • Place your theme styles inside .theme-

  • In this case, we have themeVariants: ['dark']

  • / .theme-dark { input { @apply bg-gray-800; }

    input:focus { @apply bg-gray-500; } }

If you want to avoid nesting for some reason, this syntax is also perfectly valid:

.theme-dark input {
@apply bg-gray-800;

.theme-dark input:focus { @apply bg-gray-500; }

How to automatically apply the theme based on user's preferences?



You should use prefers-dark.js to detect if it is supported. If so, the theme will be applied automatically. Place it in the top of the

of your HTML (execute early to reduce the flash of light theme).

By the way, you can check one of the examples

If you're looking for a CSS only approach, you could give tailwindcss-theming a try.

❓ Why another theme plugin?

I'll tell you the truth. I'm lazy. I created this plugin for people that, like me, just want to keep writing Tailwind CSS as always, with the same familiar syntax, no theme files, no extensive obligatory docs read to know how to color my backgrounds.

It just prepends your theme variable to the good old Tailwind classes.

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