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Less vs Stylus: 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; Stylus: Expressive, robust, feature-rich CSS language built for nodejs. Stylus is a revolutionary new language, providing an efficient, dynamic, and expressive way to generate CSS. Supporting both an indented syntax and regular CSS style.

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

"Better than css" is the primary reason why developers consider Less over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking Stylus.

Less is an open source tool with 16K GitHub stars and 3.46K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Less's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Less has a broader approval, being mentioned in 496 company stacks & 168 developers stacks; compared to Stylus, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.

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Originally, I was going to start using Sass with Parcel, but then I learned about Stylus, which looked interesting because it can get the property values of something directly instead of through variables, and PostCSS, which looked interesting because you can customize your Pre/Post-processing. Which tool would you recommend?

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You're not correct with saying "vs Postcss". You're using Less/Sass/Stylus/... to produce "CSS" (maybe extended means it has some future features) and then in any case PostCSS will play (it is shipped with Parcel/NextJS/CRA/...)

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Decisions about Less and Stylus
Cory Bell

JSS is makes a lot of sense when styling React components and styled-components is a really nice implementation of JSS. I still get to write pure CSS, but in a more componentized way. With CSS post-processors like SASS and LESS, you spend a lot of time deciding where your .scss or .less files belong, which classes should be shared, and generally fighting the component nature of React. With styled-components, you get the best of CSS and React. In this project, I have ZERO CSS files or global CSS classes and I leverage mixins quite a bit.

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Pros of Less
Pros of Stylus
  • 215
    Better than css
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    Variables
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    Mixins
  • 99
    Maintainable
  • 79
    Used by bootstrap
  • 56
    Open source
  • 50
    Extendable
  • 43
    Functions
  • 39
    Dynamic
  • 30
    Fast
  • 2
    CSS is valid LESS, very easy to pick up
  • 69
    Simple
  • 54
    Indented syntax
  • 38
    Efficient
  • 33
    Built for node.js
  • 32
    Open source
  • 24
    Expressive
  • 21
    Maintainable
  • 17
    Feature-rich
  • 13
    Better than CS
  • 6
    Variables
  • 5
    Functions
  • 3
    @extend directive
  • 2
    Contempt for curly brackets
  • 2
    Very clean
  • 2
    Mixins
  • 2
    Is Easy
  • 2
    No colons, semi-colons or even curly braces
  • 1
    Its unique
  • 1
    Dynamic selectors
  • 1
    Scriptable
  • 1
    Easy Efficiently
  • 1
    Transparent
  • 1
    Supports orthogonal architecture

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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 Stylus?

Stylus is a revolutionary new language, providing an efficient, dynamic, and expressive way to generate CSS. Supporting both an indented syntax and regular CSS style.

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What are some alternatives to Less and Stylus?
CSS 3
CSS3 is the latest evolution of the Cascading Style Sheets language and aims at extending CSS2.1. It brings a lot of long-awaited novelties, like rounded corners, shadows, gradients, transitions or animations, as well as new layouts like multi-columns, flexible box or grid layouts. Experimental parts are vendor-prefixed and should either be avoided in production environments, or used with extreme caution as both their syntax and semantics can change in the future.
Sass
Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.
Animate.css
It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
Autoprefixer
It is a CSS post processor. It combs through compiled CSS files to add or remove vendor prefixes like -webkit and -moz after checking the code.
PostCSS
PostCSS is a tool for transforming CSS with JS plugins. These plugins can support variables and mixins, transpile future CSS syntax, inline images, and more.
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