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Use Bootstrap the right way. IAvoid onion layered CSS by building fresh each time, customized for your styles.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-include-bootstrap --save-dev

One the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


The "include_bootstrap" task


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named include_bootstrap to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

  include_bootstrap: {
    options: {
      // All options are passed on to the grunt-contrib-less task 
    your_target: {
      // Target-specific file lists and/or options go here. 


See the grunt-contrib-less project for the available options.

Recommended Usage

I'd recommend creating a manifest.less file which @imports all your other LESS files. You can import any Bootstrap LESS files from any of your files. For example:

  include_bootstrap: {
    files: {
      'dest/styles.css': 'less/manifest.less',

And in ./less/manifest.less

// Import Bootstrap source 
@import 'bootstrap';    // This will import the entire Bootstrap base 
@import 'responsive';   // Bootstrap responsiveness is not included by default in the file above 
// Import your LESS files here 
@import 'variables';    // Will import ./less/variables.less 
@import 'signup';

Keep in mind that LESS variables are retroactive, so you an override a Bootstrap variable in your LESS files, and it will change throughout the Bootstrap core.

LESS Options

All task options are passed directly on to the grunt-contrib-less task.


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style.

Release History

April 29, 2013 - v0.1.1 - initial release