Install and configure Vite.

Create project

Start by creating a new React project using vite:

npm create vite@latest

Add Tailwind and its configuration

Install tailwindcss and its peer dependencies, then generate your tailwind.config.js and postcss.config.js files:

npm install -D tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer
npx tailwindcss init -p

Edit tsconfig.json file

Add the following code to the tsconfig.json file to resolve paths:

  "compilerOptions": {
    // ...
    "baseUrl": ".",
    "paths": {
      "@/*": [
    // ...

Update vite.config.ts

Add the following code to the vite.config.ts so your app can resolve paths without error

# (so you can import "path" without error)
npm i -D @types/node
import path from "path"
import react from "@vitejs/plugin-react"
import { defineConfig } from "vite"
export default defineConfig({
  plugins: [react()],
  resolve: {
    alias: {
      "@": path.resolve(__dirname, "./src"),

Run the CLI

Run the shadcn-ui init command to setup your project:

npx shadcn-ui@latest init

Configure components.json

You will be asked a few questions to configure components.json:

Would you like to use TypeScript (recommended)? no / yes
Which style would you like to use? › Default
Which color would you like to use as base color? › Slate
Where is your global CSS file? › › src/index.css
Do you want to use CSS variables for colors? › no / yes
Where is your tailwind.config.js located? › tailwind.config.js
Configure the import alias for components: › @/components
Configure the import alias for utils: › @/lib/utils
Are you using React Server Components? › no / yes (no)

That's it

You can now start adding components to your project.

npx shadcn-ui@latest add button

The command above will add the Button component to your project. You can then import it like this:

import { Button } from "@/components/ui/button"
export default function Home() {
  return (
      <Button>Click me</Button>