[FIXED] How to setup Storybook with Tailwindcss, ReactJS and Typescript

Issue

How do you setup Storybook so that it parses Tailwindcss styles and also parses absolute paths?

Note: This is a self-documenting question/answer allowed as per this. This took a while to figure out and I’m sure many others will encounter this.

Solution

To resolve paths in Storybook, we’ll be using tsconfig as the source.
We assume you have installed a ReactJS project with the typescript template already.

Setting Absolute Paths

1. Define absolute paths in typescript

Add your absolute paths under "paths" in tsconfig.js.

// tsconfig.json

{
  "compilerOptions": {
    // ...
    "baseUrl": "src",
    "paths": {
      "#assets/*": ["./assets/*"],
      "#components/*": ["./components/*"],
      // etc.
    }
  }
  "include": ["src"]
}

2. Extend the tsconfig absolute paths to work in Storybook

Install the tsconfig-paths-webpack-plugin from npm. Has millions of weekly downloads at time of writing.

$ npm install -D tsconfig-paths-webpack-plugin
// or
$ yarn add -D tsconfig-paths-webpack-plugin

Under .storybook/main.js extend the tsconfig path resolution by adding the following to your module.exports.

// .storybook/main.js

const TsconfigPathsPlugin = require('tsconfig-paths-webpack-plugin');

module.exports = {
  // Add the following block of code in addition to what's existing
  "webpackFinal": async (config) => {
    config.resolve.plugins = [
      ...(config.resolve.plugins || []),
      new TsconfigPathsPlugin({
        extensions: config.resolve.extensions,
      }),
    ];
    return config;
  },
};

Source

Parsing Tailwind Styles in Storybook

Add the following two lines of code at the top of your .storybook/preview.js file.

// .storybook/preview.js

import '!style-loader!css-loader!postcss-loader!tailwindcss/tailwind.css';
import 'tailwindcss/tailwind.css';

Source

Your tailwindcss should parse now.

Additional files

For Tailwind v3+, make sure your tailwind.config.js doesn’t have the purge option and doesn’t explicitly state JIT. Mine looks like this:

// tailwind.config.js

module.exports = {
    content: [
        "./src/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx}"
    ],
    theme: {
        extend: {},
    },
    plugins: [],
};

Answered By – wongz

Answer Checked By – Robin (Easybugfix Admin)

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