Tailwind CSS: Create an Animated & Closable Side Menu

Updated: June 10, 2022 By: Pennywise Post a comment

The example below shows you how to create an animated and closeable side navigation menu with Tailwind CSS and a little vanilla Javascript (just a few lines). Our side navigation works well on both large screens (computers) and small screens (mobile phones).


The code

    <!-- The menu here -->
    <div id="side-menu" class="fixed top-0 left-[-250px] w-[240px] h-screen z-50 bg-gray-700 p-5
    flex flex-col space-y-5 text-white duration-300">
        <a href="javascript:void(0)" class="text-right text-4xl" onclick="closeMenu()">&times;</a>
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    <main class="p-5">
        <!-- This is used to open the menu -->
        <span class="cursor-pointer text-4xl" onclick="openMenu()">&#9776; Open Menu</span>
        <h1 class="mt-5 text-xl font-light italic">Side Menu Example - KindaCode.com</h1>

    <!-- Javascript code -->
        var sideMenu = document.getElementById('side-menu');
        function openMenu() {

        function closeMenu() {


  • In the beginning, the side navigation is invisible because it’s out of the viewport. Its position is fixed and its left position is set to -240px by using the left-[-250px] class.
  • To open the side navigation, we call the openMenu() function. The left position is set from -250px to 0px.
  • To close the side navigation, we call the closeMenu() function. The left position is set from 0px to -250px and the menu will become invisible.


You’ve learned how to implement a side drawer navigation with Tailwind CSS and a few lines of Javascript. With this knowledge in mind, you can build beautiful, professional, and interactive websites. If you’d like to explore more new and interesting stuff about frontend development, take a look at the following articles:

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