16 Oct 2020·4 min read

Netlify CMS & Next.js Series - Next.js Setup

#netlify #nextjs #headless-cms #react

Next.js Setup

Well setup Next.js using Typescript , ESLint , Prettier and Tailwind CSS.

Run the following commands to create a blank next.js project and test its working:

yarn create next-app client-cms

cd client-cms

yarn dev

You should see something like:


Setup TypeScript

Add TypeScript using the command:

yarn add typescript @types/react @types/node -D

Rename the .js files to .tsx:

pages/_app.js -> pages/_app.tsx
pages/index.js -> pages/index.tsx

Run yarn dev again and next.js should detect the TypeScript files and generate a tsconfig.json file.

yarn dev

We detected TypeScript in your project and created a tsconfig.json file for you.

ESLint & Prettier

Install ESLint & Prettier using the command:

yarn add @typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin @typescript-eslint/parser eslint-config-prettier eslint-plugin-import eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y eslint-plugin-prettier eslint-plugin-react prettier eslint -D

Create a ESLint config file in the root of the project:

filename: .eslintrc.js

module.exports = {
  env: {
    browser: true,
    node: true,
    es2020: true,
  parser: "@typescript-eslint/parser",
  parserOptions: {
    ecmaVersion: 2020,
    sourceType: "module",
    ecmaFeatures: {
      jsx: true,
  plugins: ["@typescript-eslint", "react", "prettier"],
  extends: [
  rules: {
    "react/jsx-filename-extension": [1, { extensions: [".ts", ".tsx"] }],
    "import/extensions": 0,
    "react/prop-types": 0,
    "react/jsx-props-no-spreading": ["error", { custom: "ignore" }],
    "prettier/prettier": "error",
  settings: {
    "import/resolver": {
      node: {
        paths: ["~"],

Add Tailwind CSS

Add and setup Tailwind CSS using the following commands:

yarn add tailwindcss -D
npx tailwind init

This creates a tailwind.config.js file. Update the tailwind config file with purge settings:

filename: tailwind.config.js

module.exports = {
  purge: [
  theme: {
    extend: {},
  variants: {},
  plugins: [],
  future: {
    removeDeprecatedGapUtilities: true,
    purgeLayersByDefault: true,

Add PostCSS

Add a PostCSS config file, create the following file in the root of the project:

filename: postcss.config.js;

module.exports = {
  plugins: ['tailwindcss', 'postcss-preset-env'],
  future: {
    removeDeprecatedGapUtilities: true,
    purgeLayersByDefault: true

Add the PostCSS Preset Env module which converts modern CSS to wider browser compatibility format:

yarn add postcss-preset-env -D

Create a tailwind.css file to import Tailwind CSS:

filename: styles/tailwind.css

@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

Update the next _app.tsx file to import tailwind.css:

filename: pages / _app.tsx;

import '../styles/tailwind.css';

function MyApp({ Component, pageProps }) {
  return <Component {...pageProps} />;

export default MyApp;

I've removed the import of the global.css file as we'll be deleting that file during the clean up step below.

Clean up

Remove the Home.module.css import from index.tsx and any references to the styles and images:

import Head from "next/head";

export default function Index() {
  return (
    <div className="p-4">
        <title>devfair client cms</title>
        <link rel="icon" href="/favicon.ico" />

        <h1 className="text-6xl">
          Welcome to <a href="https://devfair.com">devfair client cms!</a>

        <p className="mt-0 mb-4 text-gray-600">
          Get started by editing <code>pages/index.tsx</code>

Delete the unused files:



When you run yarn dev you should now have a working next.js site with typescript, tailwind.css setup: