This guide outlines the steps necessary to set up a frontend development environment using Dioxus and Tailwind.

Dioxus Configuration

Dioxus, a Rust framework, allows you to build responsive web applications. To use Dioxus, you need to install the Dioxus Command Line Interface (CLI) and the Rust target wasm32-unknown-unknown.

Step 1: Install the Dioxus CLI

Install the Dioxus CLI by running the following command:

cargo install dioxus-cli

Step 2: Install the Rust Target

Ensure the wasm32-unknown-unknown target for Rust is installed by running:

rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown

Step 3: Create a Frontend Crate

Create a new frontend crate from root of our project by executing:

cargo new --bin front
cd front

Update the project's workspace configuration by adding the following lines to the Cargo.toml file:

members = [
+   "front",

Step 4: Add Dioxus and the Web Renderer as Dependencies

Add Dioxus and the web renderer as dependencies to your project, modify your Cargo.toml file as follows:

fn main() {

dioxus = "0.4.3"
dioxus-web = "0.4.3"

Tailwind Configuration

Tailwind CSS is a utility-first CSS framework that can be used with Dioxus to build custom designs.

Step 1: Install Node Package Manager and Tailwind CSS CLI

Install Node Package Manager (npm) and the Tailwind CSS CLI.

Step 2: Initialize a Tailwind CSS Project

Initialize a new Tailwind CSS project using the following command:

cd front
npx tailwindcss init

This command creates a tailwind.config.js file in your project's root directory.

Step 3: Modify the Tailwind Configuration File

Edit the tailwind.config.js file to include Rust, HTML, and CSS files from the src directory and HTML files from the dist directory:

module.exports = {
    mode: "all",
    content: [
        // Include all Rust, HTML, and CSS files in the src directory
        // Include all HTML files in the output (dist) directory
    theme: {
        extend: {},
    plugins: [

Step 4: Create an Input CSS File

Create an input.css file at the root of front crate and populate it with the following content:

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

Step 5: Tailwind animations

Install npm package tailwind-animated for small animations:

npm install tailwindcss-animated --save-dev

Linking Dioxus with Tailwind

To use Tailwind with Dioxus, create a Dioxus.toml file in your project's root directory. This file links to the tailwind.css file.

Step 1: Create a Dioxus.toml File

The Dioxus.toml file, placed inside our front crate root, should contain:


# App (Project) Name
name = "rusty-films"

# Dioxus App Default Platform
# desktop, web, mobile, ssr
default_platform = "web"

# `build` & `serve` dist path
out_dir = "dist"

# Resource (public) file folder
asset_dir = "public"


# HTML title tag content
title = "🦀 | Rusty Films"


# When watcher trigger, regenerate the `index.html`
reload_html = true

# Which files or dirs will be watcher monitoring
watch_path = ["src", "public"]


# CSS style file
style = ["tailwind.css"]

# Javascript code file
script = []


# serve: [dev-server] only

# CSS style file
style = []

# Javascript code file
script = []

Update .gitignore

Ignore node_modules folder in .gitignore file:


Additional Steps

Step 1: Install the Tailwind CSS IntelliSense VSCode Extension

The Tailwind CSS IntelliSense VSCode extension can help you write Tailwind classes and components more efficiently.

Step 2: Enable Regex Support for the Tailwind CSS IntelliSense VSCode Extension

Navigate to the settings for the Tailwind CSS IntelliSense VSCode extension and locate the experimental regex support section. Edit the setting.json file to look like this:

"tailwindCSS.experimental.classRegex": ["class: \"(.*)\""],
"tailwindCSS.includeLanguages": {
    "rust": "html"

This configuration enables the IntelliSense extension to recognize Tailwind classes in Rust files treated as HTML.

After completing these steps, your frontend development environment should be ready. You can now start building your web application using Dioxus and Tailwind CSS.