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    PostCSS LESS Syntax - Work in Progress

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    A LESS parser for PostCSS.

    This module does not compile LESS. It simply parses mixins and variables so that PostCSS plugins can then transform LESS source code alongside CSS.

    Use Cases

    • lint your LESS code with a plugin such as Stylelint.
    • apply PostCSS transformations (such as Autoprefixer) directly to the LESS source code


    LESS Transformations

    The main use case of this plugin is to apply PostCSS transformations directly to LESS source code. For example, if you ship a theme written in LESS and need Autoprefixer to add the appropriate vendor prefixes to it.

    const syntax = require('postcss-less');
    postcss(plugins).process(lessText, { syntax: syntax }).then(function (result) {
        result.content // LESS with transformations

    Parser options

    • mixinsAsAtRules - parse all mixins as AtRule nodes

    • innerMixinsAsRules - parse all inner mixins as Rule nodes

    It makes sense to use this option with mixinsAsAtRules if you want to parse mixins on the root level as AtRule and all inner mixins as Rule nodes.

    Options help you to tell postcss-less to fake LESS-specific syntax. For example, Stylelint requires the next options:

    const syntax = require('postcss-less');
    const postcssParserOptions = { 
        syntax: syntax, 
        mixinsAsAtRules: true,
        innerMixinsAsRules: true
    postcss().process(lessText, postcssParserOptions).then(function (result) {
        result.content // LESS with transformations

    Inline Comments for PostCSS

    This module also enables parsing of single-line comments in CSS source code.

    :root {
        // Main theme color
        --color: red;

    Note that you don't need a special stringifier to handle the output; the default one will automatically convert single line comments into block comments.


    Skipping mixins without body

    postcss-less parses all mixins without body as custom nodes with specifix types:

    .foo(); //'mixin-function' node
    .foo; // 'mixin-inline' node

    PostCSS skips all these mixins, so you won't have them in the result.

    Skipping inner extend

    postcss-less parses nested &:extend constructions as custom nodes with type nested-extend. PostCSS doesn't parse this node type and you won't have these constructions in the result.


    Please, check our guidelines:


    This module is based on the work of postcss-scss library and includes the LESS parser efforts of github:gilt/postcss-less


    npm i postcss-less@0.6.0





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