Assets, Metadata, and CSS

Global Styles

CSS Modules are useful for component-level styles. But if you want some CSS to be loaded by every page, Next.js has support for that as well.

To load global CSS files, create a file called _app.js under pages and add the following content:

export default function App({ Component, pageProps }) {
  return <Component {...pageProps} />

This App component is the top-level component which will be common across all the different pages. You can use this App component to keep state when navigating between pages, for example.

Restart the Development Server

Important: You need to restart the development server when you add pages/_app.js. Press Ctrl + c to stop the server and run:

npm run dev

Adding Global CSS

In Next.js, you can add global CSS files by importing them from pages/_app.js. You cannot import global CSS anywhere else.

The reason that global CSS can't be imported outside of pages/_app.js is that global CSS affects all elements on the page.

If you were to navigate from the homepage to the /posts/first-post page, global styles from the homepage would affect /posts/first-post unintentionally.

You can place the global CSS file anywhere and use any name. So let’s do the following:

  • Create a top-level styles directory and create global.css inside.
  • Add the following content. It resets some styles and changes the color of the a tag.
body {
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
  font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, Segoe UI, Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu,
    Cantarell, Fira Sans, Droid Sans, Helvetica Neue, sans-serif;
  line-height: 1.6;
  font-size: 18px;

* {
  box-sizing: border-box;

a {
  color: #0070f3;
  text-decoration: none;

a:hover {
  text-decoration: underline;

img {
  max-width: 100%;
  display: block;

Finally, import it in pages/_app.js:

import '../styles/global.css'

export default function App({ Component, pageProps }) {
  return <Component {...pageProps} />

Now, if you access http://localhost:3000/posts/first-post, you’ll see that the styles are applied:

If it didn’t work: Make sure you restart the development server when you add pages/_app.js.

Quick Review: Where can you import global CSS files?