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Often the biggest challenge when working with a framework is figuring out what you're supposed to do when there's something you need that the framework doesn't handle for you.

Tailwind has been designed from the ground up to be extensible and customizable, so that no matter what you're building you never feel like you're fighting the framework.

This guide covers topics like customizing your design tokens, how to break out of those constraints when necessary, adding your own custom CSS, and extending the framework with plugins.

Customizing your theme

If you want to change things like your color palette, spacing scale, typography scale, or breakpoints, add your customizations to the theme section of your tailwind.config.js file:

/** @type {import('tailwindcss').Config} */
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    screens: {
      sm: '480px',
      md: '768px',
      lg: '976px',
      xl: '1440px',
    colors: {
      'blue': '#1fb6ff',
      'pink': '#ff49db',
      'orange': '#ff7849',
      'green': '#13ce66',
      'gray-dark': '#273444',
      'gray': '#8492a6',
      'gray-light': '#d3dce6',
    fontFamily: {
      sans: ['Graphik', 'sans-serif'],
      serif: ['Merriweather', 'serif'],
    extend: {
      spacing: {
        '128': '32rem',
        '144': '36rem',
      borderRadius: {
        '4xl': '2rem',

Learn more about customizing your theme in the Theme Configuration documentation.

Using arbitrary values

While you can usually build the bulk of a well-crafted design using a constrained set of design tokens, once in a while you need to break out of those constraints to get things pixel-perfect.

When you find yourself really needing something like top: 117px to get a background image in just the right spot, use Tailwind's square bracket notation to generate a class on the fly with any arbitrary value:

<div class="top-[117px]">
  <!-- ... -->

This is basically like inline styles, with the major benefit that you can combine it with interactive modifiers like hover and responsive modifiers like lg:

<div class="top-[117px] lg:top-[344px]">
  <!-- ... -->

This works for everything in the framework, including things like background colors, font sizes, pseudo-element content, and more:

<div class="bg-[#bada55] text-[22px] before:content-['Festivus']">
  <!-- ... -->

It's even possible to use the theme function to reference the design tokens in your tailwind.config.js file:

<div class="grid grid-cols-[fit-content(theme(spacing.32))]">
  <!-- ... -->

When using a CSS variable as an arbitrary value, wrapping your variable in var(...) isn't needed — just providing the actual variable name is enough:

<div class="bg-[--my-color]">
  <!-- ... -->

Arbitrary properties

If you ever need to use a CSS property that Tailwind doesn't include a utility for out of the box, you can also use square bracket notation to write completely arbitrary CSS:

<div class="[mask-type:luminance]">
  <!-- ... -->

This is really like inline styles, but again with the benefit that you can use modifiers:

<div class="[mask-type:luminance] hover:[mask-type:alpha]">
  <!-- ... -->

This can be useful for things like CSS variables as well, especially when they need to change under different conditions:

<div class="[--scroll-offset:56px] lg:[--scroll-offset:44px]">
  <!-- ... -->

Arbitrary variants

Arbitrary variants are like arbitrary values but for doing on-the-fly selector modification, like you can with built-in pseudo-class variants like hover:{utility} or responsive variants like md:{utility} but using square bracket notation directly in your HTML.


<ul role="list">
  {#each items as item}
    <li class="**lg:[&:nth-child(3)]:hover:underline**">{item}</li>
/* */
@media (min-width: 1024px) {
  .lg\:\[\&\:nth-child\(3\)\]\:hover\:underline:hover:nth-child(3) {
    text-decoration-line: underline;