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ember-cli-sass uses libsass to preprocess your ember-cli app's files and provides support for source maps and include paths. It provides support for the common use case for Ember.js projects:

  • Source maps by default in development
  • Support for outputPaths configuration
  • Provides the ability to specify include paths
  • Edit SASS in Chrome Dev Tools


ember install ember-cli-sass

Addon Development

If you want to use ember-cli-sass in an addon and you want to distribute the compiled CSS it must be installed as a dependency so that addon/styles/addon.scss is compiled into dist/assets/vendor.css. This can be done using:

npm install --save ember-cli-sass


By default this addon will compile app/styles/app.scss into dist/assets/app.css and produce a source map for your delectation.

If you want more control then you can specify options using the sassOptions config property in ember-cli-build.js (or in Brocfile.js if you are using an Ember CLI version older than 1.13):

var app = new EmberApp({
  sassOptions: {...}
  • includePaths: an array of include paths
  • onlyIncluded: true/false whether to use only what is in app/styles and includePaths. This may helps with performance, particularly when using NPM linked modules
  • sourceMap: controls whether to generate sourceMaps, defaults to true in development. The sourceMap file will be saved to options.outputFile + '.map'
  • extension: specifies the file extension for the input files, defaults to scss. Set to sass if you want to use .sass instead.
  • nodeSass: Allows a different version of node-sass to be used (see below)
  • See broccoli-sass-source-maps for a list of other supported options.

Processing multiple files

If you need to process multiple files, it can be done by configuring the output paths in your ember-cli-build.js:

var app = new EmberApp({
  outputPaths: {
    app: {
      css: {
        'app': '/assets/application-name.css',
        'themes/alpha': '/assets/themes/alpha.css'

Choosing the version of node-sass

You can specify which version of node-sass to use with the nodeSass option.

Add the version that you want to use to your package.json and then provide that version of the module using the nodeSass option:

var nodeSass = require('node-sass'); // loads the version in your package.json
var app = new EmberApp({
  sassOptions: {
    nodeSass: nodeSass

Source Maps

Source maps work for reading with no configuration, but to edit the SASS in the Dev Tools you need to configure your Workspace:

  1. Open app.scss in Dev Tools (you can use ⌘P and search for "app.scss")
  2. Right click in the Sources panel on the right of the Sources tab and select Add Folder to Workspace
  3. Select the root directory of your project
  4. Right click on app.scss and select Map to File System Resource...
  5. Select app.scss from your project directory


The following example assumes your bower packages are installed into bower_components/.

Install some SASS:

bower install --save foundation

Specify some include paths in your ember-cli-build.js:

var app = new EmberApp({
  sassOptions: {
    includePaths: [

Import some deps into your app.scss:

@import 'foundation'; /* import everything */
/* or just import the bits you need: @import 'foundation/functions'; */

Addon Usage

To compile SASS within an ember-cli addon, there are a few additional steps:

  1. Include your styles in addon/styles/addon.scss.

  2. Ensure you've installed ember-cli-sass under dependencies in your package.json.

  3. Define an included function in your app:

    // in your index.js
    module.exports = {
      name: 'my-addon',
      included: function(/* app */) {
        this._super.included.apply(this, arguments);

    If you omit this step, it will throw the following error:

    Cannot read property 'sassOptions' of undefined
    TypeError: Cannot read property 'sassOptions' of undefined
    at Class.module.exports.sassOptions (~/my-plugin/node_modules/ember-cli-sass/index.js:43:48)
  4. Make sure your dummy app contains an app.scss

  5. If you run ember build dist, your styles from addon/styles/addon.scss should appear correctly in dist/assets/vendor.css

Alternative Addon Usage

As an alternative to the above, some addons may choose to allow their SASS to be used in the parent app, rather than the compiled CSS. This has the advantage of easily allowing users to use and override your SASS. The steps for this setup are as follows:

  1. Instead of including your styles in addon/styles/addon.scss, place them in app/styles/your-addon-name.scss. Document that your user can now add @import 'your-addon-name'; to their app.scss file. In the lines before this import they can choose to override any variables your addon marks with default.
  2. Ensure steps 2, 3 and 4 are completed as per the standard addon usage section above.

Usage within in-repo addon and in-repo engine

To re-use SASS definitions from an in-repo-addon within an in-repo-engine, you need to add the in-repo addons' path to the includePaths. So basically if you have a directory layout like this (where common is an in-repo addon):

└── lib
    ├── my-in-repo-engine
    │   ├── addon
    │   │   └── styles
    │   │       └── addon.scss
    │   └── index.js
    └── common
        └── app
            └── styles
                └── common
                    └── vars.scss

The app/lib/my-in-repo-engine/index.js should look like this:

const EngineAddon = require('ember-engines/lib/engine-addon');
module.exports = EngineAddon.extend({
  sassOptions: {
    includePaths: ['lib/common/app/styles']

and then you can include the definitions inside the engines SASS files via:

@import "common/vars";


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