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Tailwind Buttons: All You Need to Know for Great Elements

Tailwind buttons are your key to building a great-looking, functional website. They play a vital role in guiding users’ attention, and determining how people interact with your website. The design and styling of buttons are critical to shaping the user experience and creating an intuitive UI.

With Tailwind, you will have access to a powerful utility-first CSS framework that provides a wide range of utility classes to create and customize buttons quickly and efficiently.

Elevating Your Website Design with Tailwind CSS Buttons

In this article, we’ll explore the different types of tailwind button styles and learn how to use tailwind CSS buttons effectively to create stunning and customizable web elements.

Here’s how you can set up tailwind in your project:

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We’ll look at the following types of tailwind buttons:

  1. Default Button

  2. Pilled Button

  3. Outlined Button

  4. Bordered Button

  5. Disabled Button

  6. 3D Button

  7. Elevated Button

  8. Group Button

  9. Icon Button

  10. Colored Button

  11. Gradient Button

  12. Banner Button

  13. Loader Button

  14. Label Button

  15. Button Size


Let’s dive deeper into each type of tailwind CSS button and understand how you can use them in your projects. Here’s a link you can follow – https://v1.tailwindcss.com/components/buttons

1. Default Button: Creating a Solid Foundation

The default button styles provided by Tailwind CSS offers a clean and straightforward design that you can easily customize to fit your project’s needs.

The above code snippet demonstrates how to create a default button using Tailwind CSS utility classes. The `px-4 class sets the horizontal padding, py-2 sets the vertical padding, font-bold makes the text bold, text-white sets the text color to white, bg-blue-500 gives the button a blue background color, and rounded` rounds the corners of the button.

With these utility classes, you can create simple, appealing default tailwind CSS buttons that seamlessly integrate into your website’s design.

2. Pilled Button: Adding a Touch of Playfulness

If you’re looking to add some personality to your buttons, the pilled button style offered by Tailwind CSS is a good choice. This style features rounded corners and hover effects that give the buttons a playful appearance.

The above code snippet demonstrates how to create a pilled button using Tailwind CSS utility classes. The `bg-blue-500 class sets the background color to blue, hover:bg-blue-700 changes the background color on hover, text-white sets the text color to white, font-bold makes the text bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, and rounded-full` creates rounded corners.

The pilled button style is perfect for creating buttons that stand out and grab the user’s attention.

3. Outlined Button: A Sleek and Refined Look

For more understated button styles, the outlined button offered by Tailwind CSS provides a sleek and refined appearance. This style utilizes borders combined with carefully selected multiple colors to create an elegant look.

The above code snippet demonstrates how to create an outlined button using the utility classes. The `bg-transparent class makes the background transparent, hover:bg-blue-500 changes the background color on hover to blue, text-blue-700 sets the text color to blue, font-semibold makes the text semi-bold, hover:text-white changes the text color on hover to white, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, border creates a border around the button, and rounded` rounds the corners of the button.

The outlined button style is ideal for scenarios where you want the button to blend in with the surrounding elements while still being visually distinct.

4. Bordered Button: Adding a Hint of Structure

If you’re looking for a button component that adds a touch of structure to your design, the bordered button is an excellent choice. This button type combines solid borders with vibrant colors to create visually appealing button styles.

The above code snippet demonstrates how to create a bordered button using Tailwind CSS utility classes. The `bg-blue-500 class sets the background color to blue, hover:bg-blue-700 changes the background color on hover, text-white sets the text color to white, font-bold makes the text bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, border creates a border around the button with default color black, and rounded` rounds the corners of the button.

The bordered button style is perfect for creating a button that catch the user’s eye while maintaining a sense of structure within your design.

5. Disabled Button: Promoting Non-Interactivity

In some cases, you may want to indicate that a button is currently disabled or inactive. Below is an example of how you can do this with tailwind button:

This snippet demonstrates how to create a disabled button using Tailwind CSS utility classes. The `bg-blue-500 class sets the background color to blue, which will be overridden by the opacity-50 class to reduce the opacity of the button. The text-white class sets the text color to white, font-bold makes the text bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, rounded rounds the corners of the button, and cursor-not-allowed changes the cursor to indicate that the button is not clickable. Additionally, you can further add the disabled` attribute to further indicate that the button should be disabled.

The disabled button style provides a visual indication to users that the button cannot be interacted with, preventing any confusion or frustration.

6. 3D Button: Adding Depth and Dimension

To create buttons that have a three-dimensional appearance, Tailwind CSS offers 3D button styles. 

This style adds depth and dimension to your buttons using classes like:

  1. bg

  2. hover:bg

  3. font

  4. py

  5. px 

  6. border

  7. border

  8. hover:border

The `bg-blue-500 class sets the background color to blue, which will be slightly lightened to blue-400 on hover. The text-white class sets the text color to white, font-bold makes the text bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, border-b-4 creates a bottom border around the button with a thickness of 4 pixels, border-blue-700 sets the color of the bottom border to blue-700, and hover:border-blue-500 changes the color of the bottom border on hover to blue-500. The rounded` class rounds the corners of the button.

The 3D tailwind CSS button style adds an extra visual element to your buttons, making them visually engaging and enticing to click.

7. Elevated Button: Standing Out with Shadows and Borders

For buttons that demand attention and stand out from the rest of your design, the elevated tailwind button style is an excellent choice. This style combines shadows, borders, and carefully selected colors to create visually striking buttons.

The `bg-white class sets the background color to white, which will change to gray-100 on hover. The text-gray-800 class sets the text color to gray-800, font-semibold makes the text semi-bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, border creates a border around the button with a default color of gray-400, rounded rounds the corners of the button, and shadow` adds a subtle shadow effect.

The elevated tailwind CSS button style ensures that your buttons command attention and create a sense of importance within your design.

8. Group Button: A Collection of Buttons

In some scenarios, you may want to display multiple buttons together as a group. Below you can find the group button example : 

The above code snippet demonstrates how to create a group of buttons using Tailwind CSS utility classes. The `inline-flex class makes the buttons appear in the same line, and the rounded-l and rounded-r` classes round the left and right corners respectively. The additional utility classes set the background color, hover background color, text color, font weight, padding, and rounded corners for each button.

The group button style allows you to present related actions or options together, providing a clear and organized user interface.

9. Icon Button: Stylish Buttons with Iconography

Buttons that incorporate icons alongside text can be both visually appealing and informative. With the icon button style, you can easily create buttons that combine text and SVG icons.

The above code snippet demonstrates how one can create an icon button using utility classes. The `bg-gray-300 class sets the background color to gray-300, which will change to gray-400 on hover. The hover:bg-gray-400 class changes the background color on hover. The text-gray-800 class sets the text color to gray-800, font-bold makes the text bold, py-2 sets the vertical padding, px-4 sets the horizontal padding, and rounded rounds the corners of the button. The inline-flex and items-center` classes position the icon and text elements in a row and align them vertically.

The icon button style allows you to incorporate visual cues alongside the button’s text, making it easier for users to understand the button’s purpose.

10. Coloured Button: Adding Vibrance to Your Buttons

Colors play a crucial role in creating visually appealing and eye-catching buttons. In-built utility classes allow you to customize the color of your tailwind CSS buttons to match your design requirements.

In this tailwind CSS button example, we use the `bg-success` class to set the button’s background color to a predefined success color.

11. Gradient Button: Captivating Users with Gradients

Gradients can bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to your website’s buttons. With the gradient tailwind CSS button style, you can easily create buttons with gradient backgrounds.

The `bg-gradient-to-r` class sets the background color to a linear gradient that transitions from left to right. The specific colors and bg gradient direction can be customized using additional utility classes.

The gradient button style adds a captivating visual element to your buttons, making them stand out and leave a lasting impression on users.

To learn more about bg gradient – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W6kEP65AH4

12. Banner Button: Grabbing Attention with Banners

Banner buttons are excellent for drawing attention to important actions or announcements. Below is an example of how you can add banners with tailwind CSS buttons :

To learn more about banner buttons – https://tailwindcomponents.com/component/premium-banner-around-button

In this button example, we set the button’s background color to blue using the `bg-blue-500 …` class. This creates a visually striking button that grabs users’ attention.

The banner button styles ensure that your buttons demand attention and guide users toward the desired action.

13. Loader Button: Adding Interactivity with Loading Indicators

Loader buttons are useful when dealing with actions that require some time to process, such as uploading files or submitting forms. With the loader button style provided by Tailwind CSS, you can create buttons with animated loading indicators.

You can customize the loader animation using additional CSS or JavaScript. The loader tailwind button style provides users with visual feedback, letting them know that their action is being processed.

14. Label Button: Combining Text with Additional Labels

Label buttons combine text with additional label elements to provide context or additional information about the button’s purpose.

The `text-xs ….` class defines the styling for the label element. You can add any desired text or HTML inside the span element to create meaningful labels.

The label button style allows you to supplement your buttons with extra information, enhancing the overall user experience.

15. Button Sizes: Catering to Different Screen Sizes

Tailwind CSS offers utility classes that allow you to adjust the size of your tailwind buttons based on different sizes of screens.

The `h-*` classes define the height of the button, while the `px-*` classes define the horizontal padding. Adjusting these values allows you to customize your buttons to suit various device screens.

Save this cheat sheet if you want to experiment with tailwind CSS buttons.

Wrapping Up!

Tailwind CSS provides web developers with a powerful set of utility classes that simplify the process of creating stunning and customizable buttons. By experimenting with different styles and combining utility classes, you can create stunning button designs that perfectly match your website’s aesthetic and enhance its usability. Additionally, PureCode enables you to add custom themes to your Tailwind CSS. Check our marketplace; choose from over 10,000 AI-generated custom components.

Phil Butler

Phil Butler