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Autoprefixer vs Sass: What are the differences?

Autoprefixer: PostCSS plugin to parse CSS and add vendor prefixes to CSS rules. 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; Sass: Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. 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.

Autoprefixer and Sass can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

Sass is an open source tool with 12K GitHub stars and 1.93K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sass's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Sass has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2829 company stacks & 7659 developers stacks; compared to Autoprefixer, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 11 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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Pros of Autoprefixer
Pros of Sass
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    • 610
      Variables
    • 593
      Mixins
    • 467
      Nested rules
    • 410
      Maintainable
    • 299
      Functions
    • 149
      Modular flexible code
    • 143
      Open source
    • 112
      Selector inheritance
    • 107
      Dynamic
    • 96
      Better than cs
    • 5
      Used by Bootstrap
    • 3
      If and for function
    • 2
      Better than less
    • 1
      Custom functions
    • 1
      Inheritance (@extend)

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    Cons of Autoprefixer
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        Needs to be compiled

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      What is 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.

      What is 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.

      Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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        What are some alternatives to Autoprefixer and Sass?
        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 is a tool for transforming CSS with JS plugins. These plugins can support variables and mixins, transpile future CSS syntax, inline images, and more.
        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 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 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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