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Tailwind React Native Classnames 🏄‍♂️

A simple, expressive API for TailwindCSS + React Native, written in TypeScript

import { View, Text } from 'react-native'; import tw from 'tailwind-react-native-classnames'; const MyComponent = () => ( <View style={tw`p-4 android:pt-2 bg-red-300 flex-row`}> <Text style={tw`text-md tracking-wide`}>Hello World</Text> </View> );
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The default export is an ES6 Tagged template function which is nice and terse for the most common use case -- passing a bunch of space-separated Tailwind classes and getting back a react-native style object:

import tw from 'tailwind-react-native-classnames'; tw`pt-6 bg-blue-100`; // -> { paddingTop: 24, backgroundColor: 'rgba(219, 234, 254, 1)' }

In the spirit of Tailwindcss's intuitive responsive prefix syntax, tailwind-react-native-classnames adds support for platform prefixes to conditionally apply styles based on the current platform:

// 😎 styles only added if platform matches tw`ios:pt-4 android:pt-2`;

You can also use tw.style() for handling more complex class name declarations. The api for this function is directly taken from the excellent classnames package.

// pass multiple args tw.style('text-sm', 'bg-blue-100', 'flex-row mb-2'); // arrays of classnames work too tw.style(['text-sm', 'bg-blue-100']); // falsy stuff is ignored, so you can do conditionals like this tw.style(isOpen && 'bg-blue-100'); // { [className]: boolean } style - key class only added if value is `true` tw.style({ 'bg-blue-100': isActive, 'text-red-500': invalid, }); // or, combine tailwind classes with plain react-native style object: tw.style('bg-blue-100', { elevation: 3, lineHeight: 13.5 }); // mix and match input styles as much as you want tw.style('bg-blue-100', ['flex-row'], { 'text-xs': true }, { fontSize: 9 });

The tw function also has a method color that can be used to get back a string value of a tailwind color. Especially useful if you're using a customized color pallette.

tw.color('blue-100'); // -> "rgba(219, 234, 254, 1)"

You can import the main tw function and reach for tw.style only when you need it:

import tw from 'tailwind-react-native-classnames'; const MyComponent = () => ( <View style={tw`bg-blue-100`}> <Text style={tw.style('text-md', invalid && 'text-red-500')}>Hello</Text> </View> );

...or if the tagged template function isn't your jam, just import tw.style as tw:

import { style as tw } from 'tailwind-react-native-classnames'; const MyComponent = () => ( <View style={tw('bg-blue-100', invalid && 'text-red-500')}></View> );


npm install tailwind-react-native-classnames


You can use tailwind-react-native-classnames right out of the box if you haven't customized your tailwind.config.js file at all. But more likely you've got some important app-specific tailwind customizations you'd like to use. In that case, this package exposes a cli command to generate a style-map which can then be used to create your own custom-scoped tw function, like so:

npx trnc-create-styles

This command will create a tw-rn-styles.json file in the root of your project dir. This file contains the info the package needs to generate customized react-native styles. It should be checked in to source control, and regenerated whenever you change your tailwind.config.js file. Then, somewhere in your app, you just do this:

// lib/tailwind.js import { create } from 'tailwind-react-native-classnames'; import styles from '../../tw-rn-styles.json'; // <-- your path may differ // this function works just like the default package export // except it is customized according to your `tailwind.config.js` const tw = create(styles); export default tw;

...and in your component files import your own customized version of the function instead:

// SomeComponent.js import tw from './lib/tailwind';

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Last updated on 19 Sep 2021

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