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Easy way to use Dark Mode in Next.js + Tailwind

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Yesterday I was working on my personal website, and I really wanted to add a dark mode toggle. I already converted my site to use Tailwind before, so how do I enable dark mode now?

It’s simple: in Tailwind v2 dark mode is built in (https://tailwindcss.com/docs/dark-mode).

To be able to toggle the dark mode, you should put darkMode: 'class' in your tailwind.config.js. This configuration implies that a class called dark will be added to the <html> tag. Once this class is active, your dark:{class} classes will become active.

To link this functionality up with Next.js I used the lightweight next-themes library (https://github.com/pacocoursey/next-themes).

After installing this library, simply change your _app.js to include the ThemeProvider:

import { ThemeProvider } from "next-themes";

function MyApp({ Component, pageProps }) {
  return (
    <ThemeProvider attribute="class">
      <Component {...pageProps} />
    </ThemeProvider>
  );
}

export default MyApp;

Including the attribute="class" is very important, since this tells the library to use the Tailwind dark theme class.

For the toggle button I used the following:

import { useTheme } from "next-themes";

const { theme, setTheme } = useTheme();

return (
  <button
    aria-label="Toggle Dark Mode"
    type="button"
    className="p-3 h-12 w-12 order-2 md:order-3"
    onClick={() => setTheme(theme === "dark" ? "light" : "dark")}
  />
);

An example of the dark:{class} code, this will use a purple background color for light mode and a darkgrey color for dark mode:

return <nav className="fixed bg-purple dark:bg-darkgrey h-16 w-full z-50" />;

And that’s it! The theme is being switched when you click the button. Live example can be found here: https://www.thomasledoux.be/ Github source: https://github.com/thomasledoux1/website-thomas Inspired by: https://leerob.io

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