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gulp-less

Less for Gulp

gulp-less

A LESS plugin for Gulp

Packagegulp-less
Description Less plugin for gulp
Node Version >= 0.10
Less Version >= 2.x
Gulp Version 3.x
npm install gulp-less
var less = require('gulp-less');
var path = require('path');
 
gulp.task('less', function () {
  return gulp.src('./less/**/*.less')
    .pipe(less({
      paths: [ path.join(__dirname, 'less', 'includes') ]
    }))
    .pipe(gulp.dest('./public/css'));
});

The options you can use can be found here. Below is a list of valid options as of the time of writing:

  • paths: Array of paths to be used for @import directives
  • plugins: Array of less plugins (details)

The filename option is not necessary, it's handled automatically by this plugin. The compress option is not supported -- if you are trying to minify your css, use a css minifier. No sourceMap options are supported -- if you are trying to generate sourcemaps, use gulp-sourcemaps.

Less now supports plugins, which can add additional functionality. Here's an example of how to use a plugin with gulp-less.

var LessAutoprefix = require('less-plugin-autoprefix');
var autoprefix = new LessAutoprefix({ browsers: ['last 2 versions'] });
 
return gulp.src('./less/**/*.less')
  .pipe(less({
    plugins: [autoprefix]
  }))
  .pipe(gulp.dest('./public/css'));

More info on LESS plugins can be found at http://lesscss.org/usage/#plugins, including a current list of all available plugins.

gulp-less can be used in tandem with gulp-sourcemaps to generate source maps for your files. You will need to initialize gulp-sourcemaps prior to running the gulp-less compiler and write the source maps after, as such:

var sourcemaps = require('gulp-sourcemaps');
 
gulp.src('./less/**/*.less')
  .pipe(sourcemaps.init())
  .pipe(less())
  .pipe(sourcemaps.write())
  .pipe(gulp.dest('./public/css'));

By default, gulp-sourcemaps writes the source maps inline in the compiled CSS files. To write them to a separate file, specify a relative file path in the sourcemaps.write() function, as such:

var sourcemaps = require('gulp-sourcemaps');
 
gulp.src('./less/**/*.less')
  .pipe(sourcemaps.init())
  .pipe(less())
  .pipe(sourcemaps.write('./maps'))
  .pipe(gulp.dest('./public/css'));

By default, a gulp task will fail and all streams will halt when an error happens. To change this behavior check out the error handling documentation here

(MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2015 Plus 3 Network dev@plus3network.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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