The Best Setup for the `container` Class in Tailwind [2021]

All CSS frameworks have the .container class, it's the most efficient way of setting a default max-width for your content.

In Bootstrap it's as simple as writing .container but in Tailwind, you'd have to write something like container mx-auto px-4 sm:px-6 lg:px-8. This is not efficient and will cause more clutter in your HTML.

There's an easy solution for this and it's all done through the talwind.config.js file.

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    container: {
      center: true,
      padding: {
        DEFAULT: '1rem',
        sm: '1.5rem',
        lg: '2rem',
    extend: {},
  variants: {},
  plugins: [],

As you can see, we are overriding the container object which is found within the theme object. In there we've set some important values;

  • center: true this will remove the need of the mx-auto class
  • padding: {} this has been set as an object with a DEFAULT and breakpoint values but you can use a string instead; padding: '1rem'

If you do set padding as an object, you need to use DEFAULT to set the value for sizes below the breakpoints set. In this example 1rem will be used up to the sm breakpoint.

You can take a look at this setup in this example I setup on play.tailwindcss.