Setup Grunt with TailwindCSS

Using TailwindCSS with Grunt

Are you looking to simplify your web development workflow? Well, you’re in the right place! I’m going to share steps to integrate Tailwind CSS with Grunt, a popular JavaScript task runner. This combo is a game-changer, especially if you love Tailwind’s utility-first approach but want to automate the repetitive tasks in your development process.

Let’s Get Started!

First things first, ensure you have Node.js and npm installed on your machine. This setup is fundamental as we’re going to use npm to manage our project’s dependencies.

Setting the Stage

Create a new project directory and initialize your Node.js project:

mkdir my-awesome-project
cd my-awesome-project
npm init -y

If you have an existing project with a package.js file, you can skip this step.

Installing Dependencies

Now, let’s add Grunt and Tailwind CSS to our project. Run:

npm install grunt @lodder/grunt-postcss tailwindcss autoprefixer --save-dev

This command installs Grunt along with the PostCSS plugin, Tailwind CSS, and Autoprefixer. These are our main characters for this setup.

Building the Gruntfile

Here’s where the real magic happens. Create a Gruntfile.js in the root of your project and paste the following:

module.exports = function (grunt) {

        pkg: grunt.file.readJSON('package.json'),

        dirs: {
            srcCSS: 'src/css', // Your CSS source directory
            destCSS: 'dist/css', // Your destination for compiled CSS

        postcss: {
            options: {
                processors: [
            dist: {
                src: '<%= dirs.srcCSS %>/style.css',
                dest: '<%= dirs.destCSS %>/style.min.css'

        watch: {
            css: {
                files: ['<%= dirs.srcCSS %>/**/*.css', './**/*.html'],
                tasks: ['postcss']


    grunt.registerTask('default', ['postcss']);

Don’t forget to adjust the file paths according to your project structure. And remember, the watch task isn’t just for CSS; it’s also keeping an eye on your template files.

Tailwind Configuration

Create a tailwind.config.js file. This is where you’ll define your Tailwind CSS settings:

module.exports = {
    content: ["./src/**/*.{html,js}"],
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  plugins: [],

Replace the content with paths to all of your template files.

Running the Show

In your package.json, add these scripts:

"scripts": {
  "watch": "grunt watch",
  "build": "grunt"

Now, to compile your CSS with a simple command:

npm run build

Or to keep an eye on changes:

npm run watch

Note: If you don’t want to add these scripts, you can just run grunt and grunt watch directly in the command line, they’ll have the same effect.

In Conclusion

Remember, every project is unique, so don’t hesitate to adjust this setup to better suit your needs. Happy coding, and I hope this tutorial makes your web development journey a bit smoother!