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Alternatives to Autoprefixer

gulp, PostCSS, Sass, Animate.css , and Less are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Autoprefixer.
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What is Autoprefixer and what are its top alternatives?

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.
Autoprefixer is a tool in the CSS Pre-processors / Extensions category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Autoprefixer

  • gulp
    gulp

    Build system automating tasks: minification and copying of all JavaScript files, static images. More capable of watching files to automatically rerun the task when a file changes. ...

  • PostCSS
    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. ...

  • Sass
    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
    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. ...

  • Less
    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. ...

  • Stylus
    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. ...

  • Compass
    Compass

    The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions. ...

  • Bourbon
    Bourbon

    Bourbon is a library of pure sass mixins that are designed to be simple and easy to use. No configuration required. The mixins aim to be as vanilla as possible, meaning they should be as close to the original CSS syntax as possible. ...

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