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10 of The Best CSS Preprocessors to Choose From

Of course, it’s very pleasant to write CSS, but maintaining thousands of line is harder when it comes to indentation and reusability of code and that’s why importance of a preprocessor must be considered. It lets you write code with use of variables and constants which eventually make the code faster to execute and definitely save time for the counter strike.

Here I listed some of the best CSS preprocessors to choose from.

1) Sass


When it comes to CSS preprocessors, the very first name a developer could ever think of it Sass. It is a well-known CSS preprocessor which requires Ruby to work and has been around the web for eight year. It offers two syntaxes:

  • Sass: The original syntax
  • Scss: A newer syntax which has got wings of native CSS.

Checkout the complete guide to sass here.


2) Less.js


There has been always a battle between Sass and Less. A well-known CSS preprocessor that makes use of mixins, variables and nested style rules to extend the default CSS syntax.

As the strongest competitor of Sass, Less also has a very popular and vast user base because of its simplicity and reductionist approach.


3) Stylus


Known for its dynamic and robust features, stylus is another one strong competitor of Sass that comes with its own profusion of custom functions specially saturation(), which offers you to mathematically adjust the saturation of CSS color.

Syntax is very easy and allows you to omit braces({}), semi-colons(;) and colons(:).


4) Css-crush


I am not sure that you will have a crush on this preprocessor from the very first use because it Is not that much famous as much as Sass and Less, but it has all the features that one can expect in a modern CSS preprocessor.

A very compelling reason to choose this preprocessor is that it’s implemented in PHP.


5) Myth

myth css preprocessor

I never knew it would be possible to use a future CSS syntax without having to wait for web browser to support it or completion of feature’s specs by W3C. Yes, that’s for Myth is known.

So this Node.js based CSS preprocessor allows you to use the future CSS syntax and when the specific syntax does support browsers, you have zero need to rewrite your code.


6) DtCSS


Based on PHP, Dtcss preprocessor comes with nested selectors, color mixins and a smart catching system. Dtcss reads the CSS file with special syntax written for Dtcss and does compiled to the standard css.


7) Rework

‘Guts over fear’. As the name suggest Rework is for those who has guts to reinvent the roll, discerning front end engineers. Rework is a CSS preprocessor framework built on Node.js that comes with variety of helper plugins.


8) Switch CSS

switch css

Simply named as switch css is a preprocessor that has been coded in Python and comes with a GPL v2 license. It runs under Apache, hence you will need mod_python to be installed.


9) Clay

clay css preprocessor

Clay is a CSS preprocessor created using Haskell, which will make you use of Haskell compiler. It has everything well set up functions and rules which make reusability and compos ability pretty easy!

10) Compass

compass app

Obviously you’re aware of this and you want to ask me why the heck I listed this at the very last of an article but dude lastly introduced that doesn’t mean less populated.

A highly popular and sass based CSS preprocessor which offers you to make use of all sass features including Variables, Selector inheritance and mixins. It’s not just a preprocessor but it pitches itself as a fully-fledged CSS authoring system.


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