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Tailwind CSS IntelliSense enhances the Tailwind development experience by providing Visual Studio Code users with advanced features such as autocomplete, syntax highlighting, and linting.


Install via the Visual Studio Code Marketplace →

In order for the extension to activate you must have tailwindcss installed and a Tailwind config file named tailwind.config.js or tailwind.js in your workspace.



Intelligent suggestions for class names, as well as CSS functions and directives.


Highlights errors and potential bugs in both your CSS and your markup.

Hover Preview

See the complete CSS for a Tailwind class name by hovering over it.

CSS Syntax Highlighting

Provides syntax definitions so that Tailwind features are highlighted correctly.

Recommended VS Code Settings

VS Code has built-in CSS validation which may display errors when using Tailwind-specific syntax, such as @apply. You can disable this with the css.validate setting:

"css.validate": false

By default VS Code will not trigger completions when editing "string" content, for example within JSX attribute values. Updating the editor.quickSuggestions setting may improve your experience, particularly when editing Tailwind classes within JSX:

"editor.quickSuggestions": {
  "strings": true

Extension Settings


This setting allows you to add additional language support. The key of each entry is the new language ID and the value is any one of the extensions built-in languages, depending on how you want the new language to be treated (e.g. html, css, or javascript):

  "tailwindCSS.includeLanguages": {
    "plaintext": "html"


Enable completions when using Emmet-style syntax, for example Default: false

  "tailwindCSS.emmetCompletions": true


Controls whether the editor should render inline color decorators for Tailwind CSS classes and helper functions.

  • inherit: Color decorators are rendered if editor.colorDecorators is enabled.
  • on: Color decorators are rendered.
  • off: Color decorators are not rendered.


Show px equivalents for rem CSS values in completions and hovers. Default: true


Root font size in pixels. Used to convert rem CSS values to their px equivalents. See tailwindCSS.showPixelEquivalents. Default: 16


Enable linting. Rules can be configured individually using the tailwindcss.lint settings:

  • ignore: disable lint rule entirely
  • warning: rule violations will be considered "warnings," typically represented by a yellow underline
  • error: rule violations will be considered "errors," typically represented by a red underline


Unknown screen name used with the @screen directive. Default: error


Unknown variant name used with the @variants directive. Default: error


Unknown value used with the @tailwind directive. Default: error


Unsupported use of the @apply directive. Default: error


Unknown or invalid path used with the theme helper. Default: error


Class names on the same HTML element which apply the same CSS property or properties. Default: warning


If you’re having issues getting the IntelliSense features to activate, there are a few things you can check:

  • Ensure that you have a Tailwind config file in your workspace and that this is named tailwind.config.js or tailwind.js. Check out the Tailwind documentation for details on creating a config file.
  • Ensure that the tailwindcss module is installed in your workspace, via npm, yarn, or pnpm. Tailwind CSS IntelliSense does not currently support Yarn Plug'n'Play.
  • If you installed tailwindcss or created your config file while your project was already open in Visual Studio Code you may need to reload the editor. You can either restart VS Code entirely, or use the Developer: Reload Window command which can be found in the command palette.
  • Make sure your VS Code settings aren’t causing your Tailwind config file to be excluded from search, for example via the search.exclude setting.

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