How to style markdown with Tailwind CSS

How to style markdown with Tailwind CSS

Tailwind CSS comes with "an opinionated set of base styles" called Preflight. A helpful CSS reset built on top of modern-normalize.

Margins, headings, lists, and many others get stripped from their defaults. Thus, achieving cross-browser consistency and an easier adaptation of your design system.

It all sounds helpful, until you need those defaults to style a markdown post.

In comes @tailwindcss/typography, a plugin with sensible typographic styles. It adds a set of prose classes to style content blocks like the one you are reading.

You can install it via npm or yarn:

# Using npm

npm install @tailwindcss/typography


# Using Yarn

yarn add @tailwindcss/typography


Then add the plugin to your tailwind.config.js file:

// tailwind.config.js

module.exports = {

  theme: {

    // ...

  },

  plugins: [

    require('@tailwindcss/typography'),

    // ...

  ],

}

Finally, you can use the prose class to apply the markdown styling:

<article class="prose lg:prose-xl">

  <h1>Welcome to Mars!</h1>

  <p>

    Although life on Mars is perfect in every single way, you might have some questions.

  </p>

  <p>

    Of course there’s air! Just don’t breathe it. And, with the crazy gravity situation, everyone can dunk!

  </p>

  <!-- ... -->

</article>

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