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The order of CSS will affect their priorities. While the engine will retain the order of rules, sometimes you may want to group some utilities to have explicit control of their order.


Unlike Tailwind CSS which offers three fixed layers (base, components, utilities), UnoCSS allows you to define the layers as you want. To set the layer, you can pass the metadata as the third item of your rules:

rules: [
  [/^m-(\d)$/, ([, d]) => ({ margin: `${d / 4}rem` }), { layer: 'utilities' }],
  // when you omit the layer, it will be `default`
  ['btn', { padding: '4px' }],

This will generate:

/* layer: default */
.btn { padding: 4px; }
/* layer: utilities */
.m-2 { margin: 0.5rem; }

Layer also can be set on each preflight:

preflights: [
    layer: 'my-layer',
    getCSS: async () => (await fetch('my-style.css')).text(),


You can control the order of layers by:

layers: {
  'components': -1,
  'default': 1,
  'utilities': 2,
  'my-layer': 3,

Layers without specified order will be sorted alphabetically.

When you want to have your custom CSS between layers, you can update your entry module:

// 'uno:[layer-name].css'
import 'uno:components.css'

// layers that are not 'components' and 'utilities' will fallback to here
import 'uno.css'

// your own CSS
import './my-custom.css'

// "utilities" layer will have the highest priority
import 'uno:utilities.css'

CSS Cascade Layers

You can output CSS Cascade Layers by:

outputToCssLayers: true

You can change the CSS Layer names with:

outputToCssLayers: {
  cssLayerName: (layer) => {
    // The default layer will be output to the "utilities" CSS layer.
    if (layer === 'default')
      return 'utilities'

    // The shortcuts layer will be output to the "shortcuts" sublayer the of "utilities" CSS layer.
    if (layer === 'shortcuts')
      return 'utilities.shortcuts'

    // All other layers will just use their name as the CSS layer name.

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