Tailwind CSS

Maizzle uses the Tailwind CSS framework, so you can rapidly prototype email templates with utility classes instead of having to write inline styles.

For most of the time, you won't be writing CSS anymore 😎


CSS files are typically stored in src/assets/css, and are imported in main.css.


The src/assets/css/main.css file imports Tailwind's utilities and components, and our custom, email-specific resets, components, and utilities.

This is the file that Maizzle looks for when compiling Tailwind CSS, and you can configure where it lives and how it's named:

// config.js
module.exports = {
  build: {
    tailwind: {
      css: 'src/assets/css/main.css',
      // ...

Custom CSS Files

Add custom CSS files anywhere under src/assets/css.

Maizzle adds the following ones in src/assets/css/custom :

  • reset.css - browser and email client CSS resets.

  • utilities.css - custom utility classes that Tailwind CSS doesn't provide.


To use a Tailwind CSS plugin, simply npm install it and follow its instructions to add it to plugins: [] in your tailwind.config.js. See the Tailwind docs.

CSS purging

When running maizzle build [env], if [env] is not equal to local, Maizzle will use postcss-purgecss to remove unused classes from the CSS that is being injected into the template currently being rendered.

This is needed so that the CSS inliner and email-comb (which run after the purging step) receive as little CSS as possible to parse.

It greatly improves build speed.

To make sure the Tailwind CSS classes that you use in your emails are not purged, pass Layouts and any Partial or Component directory paths to the purgeCSS.content config key, as an array of file globs:

// config.js
module.exports = {
  cleanup: {
    purgeCSS: {
      content: [
      // ...

Shorthand CSS

Maizzle uses postcss-merge-longhand to rewrite your CSS padding, margin, and border properties in shorthand-form, when possible.

Because utility classes map one-to-one with CSS properties, this normally doesn't have any effect with Tailwind CSS. However, it's useful when you extract utilities to components, with Tailwind's @apply.

Consider this template:

<extends src="src/layouts/base.html">
  <block name="template">
    <div class="col">test</div>

Let's use @apply to compose a col class by extracting two padding utilities:

/* src/assets/css/custom/components.css */

.col {
  @apply py-8 px-4;

When building with inlining enabled, normally that would yield:

<div style="padding-top: 8px; padding-bottom: 8px; padding-left: 4px; padding-right: 4px;">test</div>

However, Maizzle will merge those with postcss-merge-longhand, so we get this:

<div style="padding: 8px 4px;">test</div>

This results in smaller HTML size, reducing the risk of Gmail clipping your email.

Using shorthand CSS for these is well supported in email clients and will make your HTML lighter, but the shorthand border is particularly useful because it's the only way Outlook will render it properly.

Shorthand borders

To get shorthand-form CSS borders, you need to specify all these:

  • border-width
  • border-style
  • border-color

With Tailwind's @apply, that means you can do something like this:

.my-border {
  @apply border border-solid border-blue-500;

... which will turn this:

<div class="my-border">Border example</div>

... into this:

<div style="border: 1px solid #3f83f8;">Border example</div>

Use in Template

You can use Tailwind CSS, including directives like @apply, @responsive, and even nested syntax, right inside a template. You simply need to use a <block> to push a <style postcss> tag to the Layout being extended.

First, add a <block name="head"> inside your Layout's <head> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <if condition="page.css">
    <style>{{{ page.css }}}</style>
  <block name="head"></block>
  <block name="template"></block>

Next, use that block in a Template:

<extends src="src/layouts/base.html">
  <block name="head">
    <style postcss>
      a {
        @apply text-blue-500;
      @screen sm {
        table { 
          @apply w-full;

  <block name="template">
    <!-- ... -->

posthtml-content is used to parse the contents of any <style> tag that has a postcss attribute - the contents are compiled with PostCSS.

Prevent inlining

When adding a <style> tag inside a Template, you can prevent all rules inside it from being inlined by using a data-embed attribute:

<extends src="src/layouts/base.html">
  <block name="head">
    <style postcss data-embed>
      /* This rule will not be inlined */
      img {
        border: 0;
        @apply leading-full align-middle;

  <block name="template">
    <!-- ... -->