Svelte Storybook Tailwind

A starter template for Svelte, TailwindCSS and Storybook.

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A starter template for Svelte 3.46, TailwindCSS 3 and Storybook 6.4

Visit this website to see the outcome: Svelte + TailwindCSS + Storybook

// Quickstart

npx degit jerriclynsjohn/svelte-storybook-tailwind my-svelte-project
cd my-svelte-project

yarn dev
yarn storybook

Svelte and TailwindCSS is an awesome combination for Frontend development, but sometimes the setup seems a bit non intuitive, especially when trying to try out this awesome combination. When integrating Storybook, which is another awesome tool for UI Component development and documentation, there is no obvious place to get how it's done. This repo was made to address just that!

You can easily start your project with this template, instead of wasting time figuring out configurations for each integration.

Whatever you read below this is outdated. All examples needs to be updated to tailwind and screenshots needs to be updated.

What do you get in this repo

  1. A fully functional Svelte + TailwindCSS integration with side-by-side implementation of independent Storybook
  2. Storybook with the most essential Addons
  3. Storybook populated with basic examples of Svelte + TailwindCSS


Svelte + TailwindCSS + Storybook

Storybook is an open source tool for developing JavaScript UI components in isolation

Svelte is a component framework that allows you to write highly-efficient, imperative code, that surgically updates the DOM to maintain performance.

TailwindCSS is a highly customizable, low-level CSS framework that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without any annoying opinionated styles you have to fight to override.

Steps to build

  1. Clone this repo git clone
  2. Go to the directory cd svelte-storybook-tailwind
  3. Install dependencies yarn
  4. To develop your Svelte App: yarn dev
  5. To develop UI components independent of your app: yarn stories


  1. Svelte - API and Tutorial
  2. TailwindCSS - Docs and Tutorial
  3. Storybook - Docs and Tutorial

Steps to build it all by yourself and some tips [Warning: It's lengthy]

Instantiate Svelte App

Add Tailwind into the project

import svelte from 'rollup-plugin-svelte';
import resolve from 'rollup-plugin-node-resolve';
import commonjs from 'rollup-plugin-commonjs';
import livereload from 'rollup-plugin-livereload';
import {terser} from 'rollup-plugin-terser';
import postcss from 'rollup-plugin-postcss';
import autoPreprocess from 'svelte-preprocess';

const production = !process.env.ROLLUP_WATCH;

export default {
    input: 'src/main.js',
    output: {
        sourcemap: true,
        format: 'iife',
        name: 'app',
        file: 'public/bundle.js'
    plugins: [
            preprocess: autoPreprocess({
                postcss: true
            // enable run-time checks when not in production
            dev: !production,
            // we'll extract any component CSS out into
            // a separate file — better for performance
            css: css => {
            extract: 'public/utils.css'

        // If you have external dependencies installed from
        // npm, you'll most likely need these plugins. In
        // some cases you'll need additional configuration —
        // consult the documentation for details:
            browser: true,
            dedupe: importee =>
                importee === 'svelte' || importee.startsWith('svelte/')

        // Watch the `public` directory and refresh the
        // browser on changes when not in production
        !production && livereload('public'),

        // If we're building for production (npm run build
        // instead of npm run dev), minify
        production && terser()
    watch: {
        clearScreen: false
const production = !process.env.ROLLUP_WATCH;
const purgecss = require('@fullhuman/postcss-purgecss');

module.exports = {
    plugins: [
        production &&
                content: ['./**/*.html', './**/*.svelte'],
                defaultExtractor: content => {
                    const regExp = new RegExp(/[A-Za-z0-9-_:/]+/g);

                    const matchedTokens = [];

                    let match = regExp.exec(content);
                    // To make sure that you do not lose any tailwind classes used in class directive.
                    while (match) {
                        if (match[0].startsWith('class:')) {
                        } else {

                        match = regExp.exec(content);

                    return matchedTokens;

Add Storybook into the Svelte Project

import '@storybook/addon-storysource/register';
import '@storybook/addon-actions/register';
import '@storybook/addon-notes/register';
import '@storybook/addon-viewport/register';
import '@storybook/addon-a11y/register';
import {configure, addParameters, addDecorator} from '@storybook/svelte';
import {withA11y} from '@storybook/addon-a11y';

// automatically import all files ending in *.stories.js
const req = require.context('../storybook/stories', true, /\.stories\.js$/);
function loadStories() {
    req.keys().forEach(filename => req(filename));

configure(loadStories, module);
addParameters({viewport: {viewports: newViewports}});
const path = require('path');

module.exports = ({config, mode}) => {
            test: /\.css$/,
            loaders: [
                    loader: 'postcss-loader',
                    options: {
                        sourceMap: true,
                        config: {
                            path: './.storybook/'

            include: path.resolve(__dirname, '../storybook/')
        //This is the new block for the addon
            test: /\.stories\.js?$/,
            loaders: [require.resolve('@storybook/addon-storysource/loader')],
            include: [path.resolve(__dirname, '../storybook')],
            enforce: 'pre'

    return config;
var tailwindcss = require('tailwindcss');

module.exports = {
    plugins: [
    "scripts": {
        // Rest of the scripts
        "stories": "start-storybook",
        "build-stories": "build-storybook"
/* Import Tailwind as Global Utils */

@import 'tailwindcss/base';

@import 'tailwindcss/components';

@import 'tailwindcss/utilities';
    import {createEventDispatcher} from 'svelte';
    export let text = '';
    const dispatch = createEventDispatcher();
    function onClick(event) {
        dispatch('click', event);

    class="px-4 py-2 font-bold text-white bg-blue-500 rounded hover:bg-blue-700"
import '../../css/utils.css';

import {storiesOf} from '@storybook/svelte';
import ButtonSimple from '../../components/buttons/button-simple.svelte';
import markdownNotes from './';

storiesOf('Buttons | Buttons', module)
    //Simple Button
        () => ({
            Component: ButtonSimple,
            props: {text: 'Button'},
            on: {
                click: action('I am logging in the actions tab too')
        {notes: {markdown: markdownNotes}}
# Buttons

_Examples of building buttons with Tailwind CSS._


Tailwind doesn't include pre-designed button styles out of the box, but they're easy to build using
existing utilities.

Here are a few examples to help you get an idea of how to build components like this using Tailwind.

You can add more addons and play around with them.

That's a wrap!


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