Tailwind CSS: Create a Responsive Top Navigation Menu

Updated: June 14, 2022 By: Pennywise 2 comments

This succinct, practical article walks you through a complete example of creating a responsive top navigation menu with Tailwind CSS and a little vanilla Javascript (just a few lines of Javascript code). Without any further ado, let’s get started.



The small project we’re going to build has a top bar and some dummy content. The top nav contains a site logo and a menu with links.

  • If the screen width is equal to or more than 768px (the md breakpoint), the menu will be displayed on the right side and the links are on a row.
  • If the screen width is smaller than 768px, the menu will be hidden but a hamburger icon will appear. You can use this hamburger icon to open the menu. On mobile, the menu background is dark gray. It can be closed with an X button.

Words might be confusing and hard to follow. Here’s how it works in action:

The Code

The full source code of the example (with explanations in comments):

<!doctype html>

    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge">
    <script src="https://cdn.tailwindcss.com"></script>

    <header class="w-full h-16 bg-indigo-600 drop-shadow-lg">
        <div class="container px-4 md:px-0 h-full mx-auto flex justify-between items-center">
            <!-- Logo Here -->
            <a class="text-yellow-400 text-xl font-bold italic" href="https://www.kindacode.com">KINDA<span

            <!-- Menu links here -->
            <ul id="menu" class="hidden fixed top-0 right-0 px-10 py-16 bg-gray-800 z-50
                md:relative md:flex md:p-0 md:bg-transparent md:flex-row md:space-x-6">

                <li class="md:hidden z-90 fixed top-4 right-6">
                    <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="text-right text-white text-4xl"

                    <a class="text-white opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300" href="#">Home</a>
                    <a class="text-white opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300" href="#">Something</a>
                    <a class="text-white opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300" href="#">Forums</a>

                    <a class="text-white opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300" href="#">About</a>
                    <a class="text-white opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300" href="#">Contact</a>

            <!-- This is used to open the menu on mobile devices -->
            <div class="flex items-center md:hidden">
                <button class="text-white text-4xl font-bold opacity-70 hover:opacity-100 duration-300"


        <h1 class="mt-40 text-4xl text-center">KindaCode.com</h1>
        <h2 class="mt-10 text-xl text-center">Responsive Navigation Bar Example</h2>

    <!-- Javascript Code -->
        var menu = document.getElementById('menu');
        function toggleMenu() {



You’ve examined an end-to-end example of making a responsive header menu with Tailwind CSS and vanilla Javascript. You can modify the code, add something, remove something, and change something to make it suit your needs.

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chovatiya Shashwat
chovatiya Shashwat
1 year ago


1 year ago

thanks a lot!

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