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Less vs node-sass: What are the differences?

Less: The dynamic stylesheet language. Less is a CSS pre-processor, meaning that it extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques that allow you to make CSS that is more maintainable, themable and extendable; node-sass: *Node.js bindings to libsass *. It is a library that provides binding for Node.js to LibSass, the C version of the popular stylesheet preprocessor, Sass It allows you to natively compile .scss files to css at incredible speed and automatically via a connect middleware..

Less and node-sass belong to "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" category of the tech stack.

Less and node-sass are both open source tools. It seems that Less with 16.1K GitHub stars and 3.45K forks on GitHub has more adoption than node-sass with 6.49K GitHub stars and 949 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Less
Pros of node-sass
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    Better than css
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    Variables
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    Mixins
  • 99
    Maintainable
  • 79
    Used by bootstrap
  • 56
    Open source
  • 51
    Extendable
  • 43
    Functions
  • 39
    Dynamic
  • 30
    Fast
  • 1
    CSS is valid LESS, very easy to pick up
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        Needs Microsoft BuildTools and Python 2.7 to install

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      What is Less?

      Less is a CSS pre-processor, meaning that it extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques that allow you to make CSS that is more maintainable, themable and extendable.

      What is node-sass?

      It is a library that provides binding for Node.js to LibSass, the C version of the popular stylesheet preprocessor, Sass. It allows you to natively compile .scss files to css at incredible speed and automatically via a connect middleware.

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