Create a theme toggle with Tailwind Css and next-themes

22 January, 2022

2 min read

I was used to styled-components. To be honest, I never used synthetic sugar CSS frameworks. That's why I took the challenge and started building my blogfolio site with NextJs and Tailwind Css.

I really love how Tailwind Css and next-themes work with each other.

Next-Themes Settings

You can read more about next-themes here.

import '../styles/globals.css';

import { ThemeProvider } from 'next-themes';

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

export default MyApp;

Tailwind Css Configuration

We have to use darkMode: 'class'. There are two options, though.

  1. media: It works with media queries.

  2. class: It works with the class name called dark. By default this uses the prefers-color-scheme CSS media feature, but you can also build sites that support toggling dark mode manually using the class strategy.

const { spacing, fontFamily } = require('tailwindcss/defaultTheme');

module.exports = {
  mode: 'jit',
  content: ['./pages/**/*.js', './components/**/*.js', './layouts/**/*.js'],
  darkMode: 'class',
  variants: {
    typography: ['dark']
  plugins: [require('@tailwindcss/typography')]

Final Component

Here is the code for the toggle animation component. I used lil bit sugar using a sound effect.

import { useState, useEffect } from 'react';
import { useTheme } from 'next-themes';
import useSound from 'use-sound';

export default function Switch() {
  const [mounted, setMounted] = useState(false);
  const { resolvedTheme, setTheme } = useTheme();
  const [play] = useSound('/static/audio/toggle.mp3');

  // Theme is available after mounted
  useEffect(() => setMounted(true), []);

  function onToggle() {
    setTheme(resolvedTheme === 'dark' ? 'light' : 'dark');

  return (
      aria-label="Dark Mode Toggle"
      className="grid items-center justify-center"
      <div className="relative inline-block h-[30px] w-[48px]">
        {mounted && (
          <span className="switch-transition before:switch-transition absolute top-0 left-0 bottom-0 right-0 cursor-pointer rounded-[30px] bg-bgDark before:absolute before:left-[2px] before:bottom-[2px] before:h-[26px] before:w-[26px] before:rounded-full before:bg-white before:content-[''] dark:bg-gray-400 dark:before:translate-x-[18px] dark:before:bg-gray-200" />


Copy and paste this code and start enjoying your own dark theme toggle animation. Good bye! See yah!


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