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Flowbite - Tailwind CSS component library

Get started with the most popular open-source library of interactive UI components built with the utility classes from Tailwind CSS

Introduction #

Flowbite is an open-source library of UI components based on the utility-first Tailwind CSS framework featuring dark mode support, a Figma design system, and more.

It includes all of the commonly used components that a website requires, such as buttons, dropdowns, navigation bars, modals, but also some more advanced interactive elements such as datepickers.

All of the elements are built using the utility classes from Tailwind CSS and vanilla JavaScript.

Here’s a quick overview of the Flowbite ecosystem including the open source Tailwind components library, the Figma design files, and the pro version.

Using Flowbite #

One of the disadvantages of Tailwind CSS compared to other frameworks is that it doesn’t have a base set of components. This makes it really hard to quickly prototype a user interface.

This is where Flowbite comes into play: it’s basically Tailwind CSS, but you get all of the components that you would normally get with a classic CSS framework like Bootstrap or Bulma.

There are at least 19 types of components including buttons, alerts, breadcrumbs, pagination, and navbars. Flowbite also includes some custom JavaScript that enables interactive components, such as dropdowns, modals, tooltips, and many more.

Getting started #

Flowbite is technically a plugin that can be included into any existing Tailwind CSS project. To get started, you first need to make sure that you have a working Tailwind CSS project installed and that you also have Node and NPM installed on your machine.

Require via NPM #

  1. Install the latest version of Flowbite using NPM:
npm i flowbite
  1. Include Flowbite as a plugin inside the tailwind.config.js file:
module.exports = {

    plugins: [
        require('flowbite/plugin')
    ]

}
  1. Require the JavaScript code that powers the interactive elements before the end of your <body> tag:
<script src="../path/to/flowbite/dist/flowbite.js"></script>
  1. Additionally to your own content data you should add flowbite to apply the classes from the interactive elements in the tailwind.config.js file:
module.exports = {

    content: [
        "./node_modules/flowbite/**/*.js"
    ]

}

If you use Webpack or other bundlers you can also import it like this:

import 'flowbite';

Include via CDN #

If you want to quickly test out Flowbite you can easily include the following CSS and JavaScript files.

Require the following minified stylesheet inside the head tag:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://unpkg.com/flowbite@1.5.2/dist/flowbite.min.css" />

And include the following javascript file before the end of the body element:

<script src="https://unpkg.com/flowbite@1.5.2/dist/flowbite.js"></script>

Please remember that the best way to work with Tailwind CSS and Flowbite is by purging the CSS classes.

Tailwind CSS 2.0 #

Flowbite is fully compatible with the 2.x versions of Tailwind CSS.

Tailwind CSS 3.0 #

Feel free to upgrade to version 3 of Tailwind CSS as there are no breaking changes when using the components from Flowbite.

Figma #

The components from Flowbite are first conceptualized and designed in Figma using the latest features such as variants, auto-layout, grids, responsive layouts, and more.

Learn more by checking out Flowbite’s Figma design system and start designing your Tailwind CSS projects before actually coding them.

React #

If you’re using React as a front-end library you can also use the components from Flowbite including the interactive ones such as the dropdowns, modals, and tooltips as long as you install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite in an existing project.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with React.

Next.js #

If you’re using React as a front-end library and Next.js as a framework you can also use the components from Flowbite React such as the modals, dropdowns, and navbars to speed up your development time coupled with the utility classes from Tailwind CSS.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Next.js and React.

Vue.js #

The components from Flowbite can also be used any new or existing Vue 3 projects as long as you install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Vue.js.

Laravel #

If you’re running a Laravel application you can easily set up Tailwind CSS and Flowbite and start developing user interfaces based on the utility-first classes and components.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Laravel.

Svelte #

If you’re using a Svelte application you can install a standalone Flowbite Svelte library and start developing modern websites using the components from Flowbite and the utility classes from Tailwind CSS.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Svelte.

Ruby on Rails #

If you’re using a Ruby on Rails project you can install Tailwind CSS with Flowbite and start building web pages using the utility-first classes and the interactive UI compnonents from Flowbite.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Ruby on Rails.

Django #

Check out the Django integration guide with Tailwind CSS and Flowbite to set up all technologies and start developing even faster using the UI components from Flowbite.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Django.

Flask #

Check out the Flask integration guide with Tailwind CSS and Flowbite to set up all technologies and start developing with a micro framework combined with the UI components from Flowbite.

Learn how to install Tailwind CSS and Flowbite with Flask.

Pro version #

If you want to take your Tailwind development workflow to the next level you can check out the pro version of Flowbite which includes fully coded pages and layouts for application, marketing, and e-commerce user interfaces.

Licensing #

The library of components from Flowbite is open source under the MIT License.

Contributions #

Flowbite is an open source library under the MIT license and anyone who would like to contribute to the codebase or design is welcome to do so.

Please reach out to us via the official Github repository and the main development team will get in touch as soon as possible.

Discord community #

Feel free to join our community on Discord to receive help, contribute to the project, or just discuss about Flowbite, Tailwind CSS, and web development in general.

Authors #