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Avneesh Agarwal
Avneesh Agarwal

Posted on • Updated on • Originally published at blog.avneesh.tech

How to use Google Fonts in TailwindCSS

We would like to use some beautiful fonts in our app, so I will teach you how to do that in this article. I am going to use Next.js today but you can use it in any other framework/library or vanilla as well. The procedure is going to be pretty much the same.

let's get started

Setting up the app

Creating a Next.js app

npx create-next-app next-tailwind-ts-demo
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Cleanup

Delete everything under the Head tag until the footer like this

import Head from "next/head";

export default function Home() {
  return (
    <div>
      <Head>
        <title>Create Next App</title>
        <meta name="description" content="Generated by create next app" />
        <link rel="icon" href="/favicon.ico" />
      </Head>
    </div>
  );
}
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Adding Tailwind to the app

Installing the dependencies -

yarn add -D tailwindcss@latest postcss@latest autoprefixer@latest # yarn
npm install -D tailwindcss@latest postcss@latest autoprefixer@latest # npm
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Generating the config files -

npx tailwindcss init -p
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This will generate tailwind.config.js and postcss.config.js

Adding the files to purge through
Replace the purge in tailwind.config.js with this

  purge: ["./pages/**/*.{js,ts,jsx,tsx}", "./components/**/*.{js,ts,jsx,tsx}"],
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Change your globals.css

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;
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Starting the app

yarn dev # yarn
npm run dev # npm
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Getting our custom font

Go to Google Fonts and select the font you want in your app.

I am gonna use Rampart One for this demo.

  • Click on "Select this style" and a sidebar should pop in.
  • Now copy the import URL given in Use on the web section.

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Using the font

To use the font follow these steps-

  • Paste the import in globasl.css
@import url("https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Rampart+One&display=swap");

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;
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  • Inside themes > extend add a new property of fontFamily and give the font a name
 theme: {
    extend: {
      fontFamily: {
       Rampart: ["Rampart One", "cursive"],
      },
    },
  }, 
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The rules in the array should be the same as given in Google fonts.

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  • Now you can give any tag the className of font-fontName in this case font-Rampart.
<h1 className="font-Rampart">This is using a custom font</h1>
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Now you have got the beautiful font you need πŸ₯³.

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Useful links -

Github repository

TailwindCSS

Google Fonts

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Kanishk Khurana

Great share ! I was trying to figure out where to put the import statement for so long !

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Yasuhiro Nagata

Thank you!
Your post helped me save my time!

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Ekim Cem Ülger • Edited on

What if we do not extend and want to change all of fonts so we will not need to type font-[fontname] everytime, how can we do it?

I tried just add the fontFamily in the same level of extend but it didnt work.
@avneesh0612

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Omar Jasseh

@ekimcem you can do that by adding below snippet to your main CSS file in this case in global.css

@layer base {
  html {
    font-family: "Rampart One", cursive;
  }
}
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So for example your final version of global.css should like below

@import url("https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Rampart+One&display=swap");

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

@layer base {
  html {
    font-family: "Rampart One", cursive;
  }
}
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