[FIXED] Storybook-tailwind. How should I add tailwind to storybook

Issue

I want to add tailwind to storybook. So that Stories will render just like it will render on web.

I used create-react-app project-name --template typescript to create the project.

Then to install the tailwind I followed this https://tailwindcss.com/docs/guides/create-react-app instruction from the documentation of tailwind.

Once I finished it I ran the code npm sb init. Which made sure that storybook ran.

Now I need to tell storybook to use tailwindcss for styling. But I have no idea how.

Every other answer I saw tells to edit postcss.config.js files.

But I followed this https://tailwindcss.com/docs/guides/create-react-app documentation where I didnt even have to create postcss.config.js file. So I am confused to what to do now.

For clarity I will include some configuration file below.

craco.config.js

module.exports = {
    style: {
      postcss: {
        plugins: [
          require('tailwindcss'),
          require('autoprefixer'),
        ],
      },
    },
  }

.storybook/preview.js

import "../src/index.css"

export const parameters = {
  actions: { argTypesRegex: "^on[A-Z].*" },
}

.storybook/main.js

module.exports = {
  "stories": [
    "../src/**/*.stories.mdx",
    "../src/**/*.stories.@(js|jsx|ts|tsx)"
  ],
  "addons": [
    "@storybook/addon-links",
    "@storybook/addon-essentials",
    "@storybook/preset-create-react-app"
  ]
}

src/index.css

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

tailwind.config.js

module.exports = {
  purge: ['./src/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx}', './public/index.html'],

  darkMode: false, // or 'media' or 'class'
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  },
  variants: {
    extend: {},
  },
  plugins: [],
}

package.json

`{
  "name": "memory",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "private": true,
  "dependencies": {
    "@craco/craco": "^6.0.0",
    "@tailwindcss/postcss7-compat": "^2.0.2",
    "@testing-library/jest-dom": "^5.11.4",
    "@testing-library/react": "^11.1.0",
    "@testing-library/user-event": "^12.1.10",
    "@types/jest": "^26.0.15",
    "@types/node": "^12.0.0",
    "@types/react": "^16.14.2",
    "@types/react-dom": "^16.9.8",
    "autoprefixer": "^9.8.6",
    "postcss": "^7.0.35",
    "react": "^17.0.1",
    "react-dom": "^17.0.1",
    "react-scripts": "4.0.1",
    "tailwindcss": "npm:@tailwindcss/postcss7-compat@^2.0.2",
    "typescript": "^4.0.3",
    "web-vitals": "^0.2.4"
  },
  "scripts": {
    "start": "craco start",
    "build": "craco build",
    "test": "craco test",
    "eject": "react-scripts eject",
    "storybook": "start-storybook -p 6006 -s public",
    "build-storybook": "build-storybook -s public"
  },
  "eslintConfig": {
    "extends": [
      "react-app",
      "react-app/jest"
    ]
  },
  "browserslist": {
    "production": [
      ">0.2%",
      "not dead",
      "not op_mini all"
    ],
    "development": [
      "last 1 chrome version",
      "last 1 firefox version",
      "last 1 safari version"
    ]
  },
  "devDependencies": {
    "@storybook/addon-actions": "^6.1.11",
    "@storybook/addon-essentials": "^6.1.11",
    "@storybook/addon-links": "^6.1.11",
    "@storybook/node-logger": "^6.1.11",
    "@storybook/preset-create-react-app": "^3.1.5",
    "@storybook/react": "^6.1.11"
  }
}

tsconfig.json

{
  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "es5",
    "lib": [
      "dom",
      "dom.iterable",
      "esnext"
    ],
    "allowJs": true,
    "skipLibCheck": true,
    "esModuleInterop": true,
    "allowSyntheticDefaultImports": true,
    "strict": true,
    "forceConsistentCasingInFileNames": true,
    "noFallthroughCasesInSwitch": true,
    "module": "esnext",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "resolveJsonModule": true,
    "isolatedModules": true,
    "noEmit": true,
    "jsx": "react-jsx"
  },
  "include": [
    "src"
  ]
}

Solution

Storybook recommends using the @storybook/addon-postcss for customizing the postCSS config from now on (instead of relying on customizing the postcss-loader):

  1. Add the postCSS addon to your installation

    npm i -D @storybook/addon-postcss     # or
    yarn add -D @storybook/addon-postcss
    
  2. Create the postcss.config.js in the project root

    // postcss.config.js
    module.exports = {
      plugins: {
        tailwindcss: {},
        autoprefixer: {},
      }
    }
    
  3. Add the plugin to your .storybook/main.js

    // .storybook/main.js
    module.exports = {
      ...
      addons: [
        ...
        {
          name: '@storybook/addon-postcss',
          options: {
            cssLoaderOptions: {
              // When you have splitted your css over multiple files
              // and use @import('./other-styles.css')
              importLoaders: 1,
            },
            postcssLoaderOptions: {
              // When using postCSS 8
              implementation: require('postcss'),
            },
          },
        },
      ],
    };
    
  4. Import your css file in the .storybook/preview.js

    // .storybook/preview.js
    import '../src/styles.css';
    

Answered By – ofhouse

Answer Checked By – Robin (Easybugfix Admin)

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