Integration for Vite


  • ⚡️ It's FAST - 20~100x times faster than Tailwind on Vite
  • 🧩 On-demand CSS utilities (Fully compatible with Tailwind CSS v2)
  • 📦 On-demand native elements style resetting (preflight)
  • 🔥 Hot module replacement (HMR)
  • 🍃 Load configurations from tailwind.config.js
  • 🤝 Framework-agnostic - Vue, React, Svelte and vanilla!
  • 📄 CSS @apply / @screen directives transforms (also works for Vue SFC's <style>)
  • 🎳 Support Variant Groups - e.g. bg-gray-200 hover:(bg-gray-100 text-red-300)
  • 😎 "Design in Devtools" - if you work this way in the traditional Tailwind, no reason we can't!

Check out the speed comparison between Windi CSS and Tailwind CSS on Vite.


Install the package:

npm i -D vite-plugin-windicss windicss

Then, install the plugin in your Vite configuration:

import WindiCSS from 'vite-plugin-windicss'

export default {
  plugins: [

And finally, import virtual:windi.css in your Vite entries:

import 'virtual:windi.css'

That's it! Starting using classes utilities or CSS directives in your app, and enjoy the speed! ⚡️

If you are migrating from Tailwind CSS, also check out the Migration section



Enable TypeScript for your windi.config.js? Sure, why not?

Rename it to windi.config.ts and things just work!

import { defineConfig } from 'windicss/helpers'
import formsPlugin from 'windicss/plugin/forms'

export default defineConfig({
  darkMode: 'class',
  safelist: 'p-3 p-4 p-5',
  theme: {
    extend: {
      colors: {
        teal: {
          100: '#096',
  plugins: [formsPlugin],

Pug Support

It will automatically enable Pug support for .pug and Vue SFC when dependency pug is found in the workspace.

"Design in DevTools"

It might be a common practice when you use the purge-based Tailwind where you have all the classes in your browser and you can try how things work by directly changing the classes in DevTools. While you might think this is some kind of limitation of "on-demand" where the DevTools don't know those you haven't used in your source code yet.

But unfortunately, we are here to BREAK the limitation 😎 See the video demo.

Just add the following line to your main entry

import 'virtual:windi-devtools'

It will be enabled automatically for you, have fun!

Oh, and don't worry about the final bundle, in production build virtual:windi-devtools will be an empty module and you don't have to do anything about it 😃

⚠️ Please use it with caution, under the hood we use MutationObserver to detect the class changes. Which means not only your manual changes but also the changes made by your scripts will be detected and included in the stylesheet. This could cause some misalignment between dev and the production build when using dynamically constructed classes (false-positive). We recommended adding your dynamic parts to the safelist or setup UI regression tests for your production build if possible.


Preflight (style resetting)

Preflight is enabled on-demand. If you'd like to completely disable it, you can configure it as below

import { defineConfig } from 'vite-plugin-windicss'

export default defineConfig({
  preflight: false,


By default, we scan your source code statically and find all the usages of the utilities then generated corresponding CSS on-demand. However, there is some limitation that utilities that decided in the runtime can not be matched efficiently, for example

<!-- will not be detected -->
<div className={`p-${size}`}>

For that, you will need to specify the possible combinations in the safelist options of windi.config.ts.

import { defineConfig } from 'vite-plugin-windicss'

export default defineConfig({
  safelist: 'p-1 p-2 p-3 p-4',

Or you can do it this way

import { defineConfig } from 'vite-plugin-windicss'

function range(size, startAt = 1) {
  return Array.from(Array(size).keys()).map(i => i + startAt)

export default defineConfig({
  safelist: [
    range(3).map(i => `p-${i}`), // p-1 to p-3
    range(10).map(i => `mt-${i}`), // mt-1 to mt-10


On server start, vite-plugin-windicss will scan your source code and extract the utility usages. By default, only files under src/ with extensions vue, html, mdx, pug, jsx, tsx will be included. If you want to enable scanning for other file types of locations, you can configure it via:

import { defineConfig } from 'windicss/helpers'

export default defineConfig({
  extract: {
    include: ['src/**/*.{vue,html,jsx,tsx}'],
    exclude: ['node_modules', '.git'],

Or in plugin options:

import { defineConfig } from 'vite'

export default defineConfig({
  plugins: [
      scan: {
        dirs: ['.'], // all files in the cwd
        fileExtensions: ['vue', 'js', 'ts'], // also enabled scanning for js/ts

Attributify Mode

Enabled it by

export default {
  attributify: true,

And use them as you would like:

  bg="blue-400 hover:blue-500 dark:blue-500 dark:hover:blue-600"
  text="sm white"
  font="mono light"
  p="y-2 x-4"
  border="2 rounded blue-200"


If you are concerned about naming confliction, you can add custom prefix to attributify mode by:

export default {
  attributify: {
    prefix: 'w:',
  w:bg="blue-400 hover:blue-500 dark:blue-500 dark:hover:blue-600"
  w:text="sm white"
  w:font="mono light"
  w:p="y-2 x-4"
  w:border="2 rounded blue-200"

Alias Config

Be aware, alias entries need to be prefixed with * when used, eg:

<div class="*hstack">

See this release post for the difference between shortcuts and alias.

export default {
  alias: {
    'hstack': 'flex items-center',
    'vstack': 'flex flex-col',
    'icon': 'w-6 h-6 fill-current',
    'app': 'text-red',
    'app-border': 'border-gray-200 dark:border-dark-300',

Layers Ordering

Supported from v0.14.x

By default, importing virtual:windi.css will import all the three layers with the order base - components - utilities. If you want to have better controls over the orders, you can separate them by:

- import 'virtual:windi.css'
+ import 'virtual:windi-base.css'
+ import 'virtual:windi-components.css'
+ import 'virtual:windi-utilities.css'

You can also make your custom css been able to be overridden by certain layers:

  import 'virtual:windi-base.css'
  import 'virtual:windi-components.css'
+ import './my-style.css'
  import 'virtual:windi-utilities.css'


See options.ts for more configuration reference.


Scoped Style

You will need to set transformCSS: 'pre' to get Scoped Style work.

@media directive with scoped style can only works with css postcss scss but not sass, less nor stylus


See examples for react, vue and vue with pug sample projects, or Vitesse

SvelteKit (as of 1.0.1)

Install plugin with npm i -D vite-plugin-windicss and edit the vite.config.js file:

import { sveltekit } from '@sveltejs/kit/vite';
+ import WindiCSS from 'vite-plugin-windicss'

/** @type {import('vite').UserConfig} */
const config = {
  plugins: [
+   WindiCSS()

export default config;

Add import "virtual:windi.css" to the top of your +layout.svelte file:

  import "virtual:windi.css"

  // if you want to enable windi devtools
  import { browser } from "$app/env";
  if (browser) import("virtual:windi-devtools")
  // ...
<!-- of +layout.svelte -->
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