Tailwind CSS: How to Create a Sticky/Affix NavBar

Last updated on May 7, 2022 A Goodman Loading... Post a comment

This concise article shows you how to create a sticky/affix navigation bar with only Tailwind CSS (no Javascript code or any extra CSS is required).

Overview

In general, the position of a sticky navbar is relative (it will scroll down like other elements) until it crosses a specified threshold, then its position becomes fixed until its parent is off-screen.

With Tailwind CSS, we can simply implement a sticky navigation bar by using the sticky and top-0 utility classes, like so:

<nav class="sticky top-0 [other classes here]">
  <!-- nav items here -->
</nav>

For more clarity, see the full example below.

Example

Preview:

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The complete code:

<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <script src="https://cdn.tailwindcss.com"></script>
    <title>KindaCode.com</title>
</head>

<body>
    <div>
        <header class="bg-green-600 p-20">
            <h1 class="text-white text-4xl text-center">Header</h1>
            <h2 class="text-white text-xl text-center">Scroll down to see the effect</h2>
        </header>
        <nav class="sticky top-0 bg-blue-600 p-5 drop-shadow shadow-blue-600">
            <h1 class="text-white text-4xl text-center">Sticky Nav Bar</h1>
        </nav>
        <div class="h-screen">
            <h1 class="text-4xl text-center p-20">Content</h1>
        </div>
        <footer class="h-96 p-20 bg-red-600">
            <h1 class="text-white text-4xl text-center p-20">Footer</h1>
        </footer>
    </div>
</body>
</html>

That’s it. Further reading:

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