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wlessc is a simple command line tool to quickly watch and compile .less files when you don't have time or just don't want to set up a grunt/gulp/whatever build task for that (or worse, doing lessc style.less > style.css after every change).

You will have your output .css file in the same directory, with the same base name -just like GUI tools do by default.

It uses the output from LESS to find @import'ed files and watches those too, so it's not that dumb.


npm install -g wlessc


wlessc [<input>] [--output <path>] [--prefix-browsers <expr>|--no-prefix]
		[--no-compact] [--once]


<input>                     Input file. It can be a LESS or CSS file.
                            If omitted, ./style.less is used.
--output <path>             Custom output file path.
--prefix-browsers <expr>    Comma-separated expressions to set custom
                            browser support.
--no-prefix                 Omit prefixing.
--no-compact                Omit minification and other optimizations.
--once                      Compile once and exit.


# Will watch ./style.less

# Will watch path/to/style.less
wlessc path/to/style.less

# Will watch path/to/style.css, omitting LESS compilation
# and using .min.css as default output extension
wlessc path/to/style.css

# Will output to custom path/to/output.css
wlessc --output path/to/output.css

# Sets custom browser support for Autoprefixer
wlessc --prefix-browsers "last 1 version"
wlessc --prefix-browsers "last 5 version, > 1%"

# Turns off Autoprefixer
wlessc --no-prefix

# Turns off cssnano optimizations
wlessc --no-compact

# Turns off watching at all, exiting after compiling
wlessc --once

Change log

wlessc +0.3 uses the Autoprefixer library to add vendor prefixes to LESS output. This is on by default, but it can be tweaked or turned off.

wlessc +0.4.3 uses the cssnano library to remove whitespace and apply other optimizations to reduce file size.

wlessc 0.5.0 updates all of its dependencies, and makes sure cssnano optimizations don't mess with authored unit or color values.

wlessc 0.6.0 updates all of its dependencies, allows to be used with a plain CSS file for its Autoprefixer/cssnano goodies while skipping LESS compilation, and adds the --output switch.


This was done out of necessity in daily work, and it just does what I need it to do. Don't expect much from it.