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    Eleventy plugin that runs PurgeCSS after each build. PurgeCSS makes stylesheets smaller by inspecting the content they are used in, then discarding any CSS that is not referenced.

    Inspired by the lovely jekyll-purgecss.


    npm install --save eleventy-plugin-purgecss

    Requires Eleventy 0.11.1 or higher.


    This plugin executes PurgeCSS every time Eleventy builds your site and is designed to purge output CSS files in-place.

    First, make sure you have a PurgeCSS configuration file, probably in the root of your project. Here is an example:

    // purgecss.config.js
    module.exports = {
      // Content files referencing CSS classes
      content: ["./_site/**/*.html"],
      // CSS files to be purged in-place
      css: ["./_site/**/*.css"],

    Then register the plugin in .eleventy.js. By default, the plugin uses configuration from ./purgecss.config.js, but a different configuration file can be specified when registering the plugin.

    // .eleventy.js
    const purgeCssPlugin = require("eleventy-plugin-purgecss");
    module.exports = function (eleventyConfig) {
      eleventyConfig.addPlugin(purgeCssPlugin, {
        // Optional: Specify the location of your PurgeCSS config
        config: "./purgecss.config.js",
        // Optional: Set quiet: true to suppress terminal output
        quiet: false,

    The CSS files specified in the configuration are now purged in-place every time the site is built.

    Run only in production

    Since purging CSS can take some time for larger sites, it may be beneficial to only enable this plugin when building for production. One way to do this is to wrap the plugin registration in a condition, like so:

    if (process.env.NODE_ENV === "production") {

    You can then enable the plugin by setting the NODE_ENV environment variable to "production". Environment variables can be configured graphically on platforms like Netlify, Vercel, and others. When building manually, the following command can be used in most shells:

    NODE_ENV=production eleventy # or whatever your build command is

    Known issues

    Pre-1.0 versions of Eleventy do not wait for asynchronous event hooks before reloading the browser in --serve mode, which affects this plugin. This is not a problem when performing a regular build, but causes issues in --serve mode as Eleventy may reload the browser before the plugin has finished processing the files. This should be fixed in Eleventy 1.0, but if you're working with an older version, you might need to manually reload the page once the plugin reports "finished" to get the purged CSS.


    npm i eleventy-plugin-purgecss

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