Tailwind CSS: Create a Search Field with an Icon Inside

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This article walks you through a couple of examples that show you how to create a search input with an icon inside by using Tailwind CSS.

Here’s the SVG we’ll use to display a magnifier icon (you don’t have to memorize this thing, just copy it):

<svg class="h-5 w-5 fill-black" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" x="0px" y="0px" width="30"
                    height="30" viewBox="0 0 30 30">
  <path d="M 13 3 C 7.4889971 3 3 7.4889971 3 13 C 3 18.511003 7.4889971  23 13 23 C 15.396508 23 17.597385 22.148986 19.322266 20.736328 L 25.292969 26.707031 A 1.0001 1.0001 0 1 0 26.707031 25.292969 L 20.736328 19.322266 C 22.148986 17.597385 23 15.396508 23 13 C 23 7.4889971 18.511003 3 13 3 z M 13 5 C 17.430123 5 21 8.5698774 21 13 C 21 17.430123 17.430123 21 13 21 C 8.5698774 21 5 17.430123 5 13 C 5 8.5698774 8.5698774 5 13 5 z">
  </path>
</svg>

Example 1: The search icon is on the left side

Screenshot:

The code:

<body class="p-10 bg-blue-600">
    <form>
        <label class="relative block">
            <span class="absolute inset-y-0 left-0 flex items-center pl-3">
                <svg class="h-5 w-5 fill-black" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" x="0px" y="0px" width="30"
                    height="30" viewBox="0 0 30 30">
                    <path
                        d="M 13 3 C 7.4889971 3 3 7.4889971 3 13 C 3 18.511003 7.4889971 23 13 23 C 15.396508 23 17.597385 22.148986 19.322266 20.736328 L 25.292969 26.707031 A 1.0001 1.0001 0 1 0 26.707031 25.292969 L 20.736328 19.322266 C 22.148986 17.597385 23 15.396508 23 13 C 23 7.4889971 18.511003 3 13 3 z M 13 5 C 17.430123 5 21 8.5698774 21 13 C 21 17.430123 17.430123 21 13 21 C 8.5698774 21 5 17.430123 5 13 C 5 8.5698774 8.5698774 5 13 5 z">
                    </path>
                </svg>
            </span>
            <input
                class="w-full bg-white placeholder:font-italitc border border-slate-300 rounded-full py-2 pl-10 pr-4 focus:outline-none"
                placeholder="Enter your keyword to search" type="text" />
        </label>
    </form>
</body>

Example: The search icon is on the right side

Screenshot:

The code:

<body class="p-10">
    <form>
        <label class="relative block">
            <input
                class="w-full bg-white placeholder:font-italitc border border-slate-400 drop-shadow-md rounded-md py-2 pl-3 pr-10 focus:outline-none"
                placeholder="Enter your keyword to search" type="text" />

            <span class="absolute inset-y-0 right-0 flex items-center pr-3">
                <svg class="h-5 w-5 fill-black" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" x="0px" y="0px" width="30"
                    height="30" viewBox="0 0 30 30">
                    <path
                        d="M 13 3 C 7.4889971 3 3 7.4889971 3 13 C 3 18.511003 7.4889971 23 13 23 C 15.396508 23 17.597385 22.148986 19.322266 20.736328 L 25.292969 26.707031 A 1.0001 1.0001 0 1 0 26.707031 25.292969 L 20.736328 19.322266 C 22.148986 17.597385 23 15.396508 23 13 C 23 7.4889971 18.511003 3 13 3 z M 13 5 C 17.430123 5 21 8.5698774 21 13 C 21 17.430123 17.430123 21 13 21 C 8.5698774 21 5 17.430123 5 13 C 5 8.5698774 8.5698774 5 13 5 z">
                    </path>
                </svg>
            </span>
        </label>
    </form>
</body>

That’s it. Further reading:

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