How to Customize SVG Fill Colors Using Tailwind CSS

Tailwind CSS is a utility-first CSS framework that provides developers with a set of tools to create custom designs quickly and efficiently. One of the common tasks in web design is styling SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) elements, particularly changing their fill colors. In this article, we’ll delve into how you can manipulate SVG fill colors using Tailwind CSS, ensuring that your icons and graphics align perfectly with your design system.

Understanding SVG Fill in Tailwind CSS

SVGs are XML-based vector images that can be styled using CSS. The fill property in SVG is similar to the background-color property for HTML elements; it sets the color inside the vector shape. Tailwind CSS allows you to apply utility classes directly to SVG elements to change their fill color.

Applying Tailwind CSS Fill Utilities to SVGs

Tailwind CSS includes a range of color utility classes that can be used to change the fill color of an SVG. Here’s how you can apply them:

  1. Direct Application: You can directly add Tailwind’s text color utilities to an SVG element to change its fill color. For example:
<svg class="text-blue-500 ...">
  <!-- SVG content -->

In the above snippet, text-blue-500 is a Tailwind CSS class that applies a specific shade of blue as the fill color of the SVG.

  1. Custom Classes: If you need a custom color that isn’t provided by Tailwind’s default palette, you can extend the theme in your tailwind.config.js file:
// tailwind.config.js
module.exports = {
  theme: {
    extend: {
      colors: {
        customColor: '#5A67D8',

Then, use the new color as a fill:

<svg class="text-customColor ...">
  <!-- SVG content -->
  1. Using CSS: Sometimes, you might want to control the SVG fill color using CSS, especially if the fill needs to change on a certain event like hover. Here’s how you can do that:
/* styles.css */
.custom-svg-fill:hover {
  @apply text-red-500;
<svg class="custom-svg-fill ...">
  <!-- SVG content -->

Handling SVGs with Multiple Colors

If your SVG has multiple colors, you’ll need to target the specific parts of the SVG you want to change. This is done by adding classes to the path or g elements within the SVG:

<svg ...>
  <g class="text-blue-500 ...">
    <!-- Part of SVG that should be blue -->
  <path class="text-red-500 ..." d="..."/>
  <!-- Part of SVG that should be red -->

Dealing with Inline SVGs vs. External SVGs

When working with inline SVGs (SVG code directly in your HTML), you can apply Tailwind classes as shown above. However, for external SVGs (SVGs loaded from a file), you cannot apply Tailwind classes directly. Instead, you can:

  • Use JavaScript to add classes to the SVG after it’s loaded.
  • Inline your SVGs using a build tool or an SVG inliner so that you can apply Tailwind classes directly.

Final Code Example

Here’s a complete example of an SVG with a Tailwind CSS fill applied:

<svg xmlns="" class="h-6 w-6 text-blue-500" fill="none" viewBox="0 0 24 24" stroke="currentColor">
  <path stroke-linecap="round" stroke-linejoin="round" stroke-width="2" d="M5 13l4 4L19 7" />

In this example, the SVG will display a checkmark icon with a blue fill color.


Tailwind CSS makes it straightforward to style SVGs with its utility classes. Whether you’re applying colors directly, extending the theme with custom colors, or handling complex SVGs with multiple colors, Tailwind provides a flexible and efficient way to achieve your design goals.

For more information on Tailwind CSS and its utilities, you can visit the official Tailwind CSS documentation.

Remember, while Tailwind CSS simplifies the process of styling SVGs, it’s important to understand the basics of SVGs and how they interact with CSS. With this knowledge, you can leverage Tailwind CSS to its fullest potential and create visually stunning web designs with ease.


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