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Bourbon vs Less: What are the differences?

Developers describe Bourbon as "A lightweight mixin library for Sass". 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. On the other hand, Less is detailed as "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.

Bourbon and Less can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

"Simple mixins" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Bourbon, while over 213 developers mention "Better than css" as the leading cause for choosing Less.

Bourbon and Less are both open source tools. Less with 16.1K GitHub stars and 3.45K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Bourbon with 8.86K GitHub stars and 916 GitHub forks.

GoSquared, Weebly, and eTobb are some of the popular companies that use Less, whereas Bourbon is used by DeveloperTown, Helpful, and devbase.io. Less has a broader approval, being mentioned in 498 company stacks & 169 developers stacks; compared to Bourbon, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

What is 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.

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.

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

      Absolutely fantastic, not only does it allow for modularity but it is armed with the most useful features like colour operations and nested styles to make you achive more by writing LESS.

      How developers use Bourbon and Less
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      jondueck uses BourbonBourbon

      Using Bourbon Neat for building a grid. It's easy to implement and is added to the CSS rather than the html which keeps similar modules looking the same.

      Avatar of papaver
      papaver uses LessLess

      love me some less. been less styling for around 3 years. makes working with bootstrap and responsive website a breeze. so much power in the language.

      Avatar of Romans Malinovskis
      Romans Malinovskis uses LessLess
      Avatar of Giovanni Candido da Silva
      Giovanni Candido da Silva uses LessLess

      Customise the UIkit Front-End Framework, because of that is used to create the application CSS. I prefer SASS but is equivalent.

      Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
      AmericanBibleSociety uses BourbonBourbon

      [Free] We use this free Sass framework on just about any project that we work on.

      Avatar of BrizTech Ltd.
      BrizTech Ltd. uses LessLess

      CSS Preprocessor, used primarily for variables to ensure brand colour continuity.

      Avatar of CodeBee
      CodeBee uses LessLess

      We use Less to organize our CSS code with imports, variables, mixins, and more.

      Avatar of Mike Hoffert
      Mike Hoffert uses BourbonBourbon

      Replaced Foundation grid system with Bourbon Neat.

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