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PostCSS Sorting

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PostCSS plugin to keep rules and at-rules content in order.

Lint and autofix stylesheet order with stylelint-order.


  • Sorts rules and at-rules content.
  • Sorts properties.
  • Sorts at-rules by different options.
  • Groups properties, custom properties, dollar variables, nested rules, nested at-rules.
  • Supports CSS, SCSS (using postcss-scss), CSS-in-JS (with postcss-styled-syntax), HTML (with postcss-html), and most likely any other syntax added by other PostCSS plugins.


npm install --save-dev postcss postcss-sorting


The plugin has no default options. Everything is disabled by default.

  • order: Specify the order of content within declaration blocks.
  • properties-order: Specify the order of properties within declaration blocks.
  • unspecified-properties-position: Specify position for properties not specified in properties-order.
  • throw-validate-errors: Throw config validation errors instead of showing and ignoring them. Defaults to false.


Handling comments

Comments that are before node and on a separate line linked to that node. Shared-line comments are also linked to that node. Shared-line comments are comments which are located after a node and on the same line as a node.

a {
	top: 5px; /* shared-line comment belongs to `top` */
	/* comment belongs to `bottom` */
	/* comment belongs to `bottom` */
	bottom: 15px; /* shared-line comment belongs to `bottom` */

Ignored at-rules

Some at-rules, like control and function directives in Sass, are ignored. It means rules won't touch content inside these at-rules, as doing so could change or break functionality.


Plugin will ignore rules, which have template literal interpolation, to avoid breaking the logic:

const Component = styled.div`
	/* The following properties WILL NOT be sorted, because interpolation is on properties level */
	z-index: 1;
	top: 1px;
	${props => props.great && 'color: red'};
	position: absolute;
	display: block;

	div {
		/* The following properties WILL be sorted, because interpolation for property value only */
		z-index: 2;
		position: static;
		top: ${2 + 10}px;
		display: inline-block;


See PostCSS docs for more examples.

Command Line

Add postcss-cli and PostCSS Sorting to your project:

npm install postcss postcss-cli postcss-sorting --save-dev

Create a postcss.config.js with PostCSS Sorting configuration:

module.exports = {
	plugins: {
		'postcss-sorting': {
			order: [

			'properties-order': 'alphabetical',

			'unspecified-properties-position': 'bottom',

Or, add the 'postcss-sorting' section to your existing postcss-cli configuration file.

Next execute:

npx postcss --no-map --replace your-css-file.css

For more information and options, please consult the postcss-cli docs.


Add gulp-postcss and PostCSS Sorting to your build tool:

npm install postcss gulp-postcss postcss-sorting --save-dev

Enable PostCSS Sorting within your Gulpfile:

let gulp = require('gulp');
let postcss = require('gulp-postcss');
let sorting = require('postcss-sorting');

exports['sort-css'] = () => {
	return gulp
					/* options */

Text editor

This plugin available as Sublime Text, Atom, VS Code, and Emacs plugin. Though, seems all these plugins are not maintained.

Related tools

stylelint and stylelint-order help lint stylesheets and let you know if stylesheet order is correct. Also, they could autofix stylesheets.

I recommend Prettier for formatting stylesheets.

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