Less vs. PostCSS vs. Bourbon

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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 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.

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.

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Why do developers choose Less?
Why do you like Less?

Why do developers choose PostCSS?
Why do you like PostCSS?

Why do developers choose Bourbon?
Why do you like Bourbon?


What are the cons of using Less?
No Cons submitted yet for Less
Downsides of Less?

What are the cons of using PostCSS?
No Cons submitted yet for PostCSS
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What are the cons of using Bourbon?
No Cons submitted yet for Bourbon
Downsides of Bourbon?


How much does Less cost?
How much does PostCSS cost?
How much does Bourbon cost?


What companies use Less?
628 companies on StackShare use Less
What companies use PostCSS?
90 companies on StackShare use PostCSS
What companies use Bourbon?
31 companies on StackShare use Bourbon


No integrations listed yet
What tools integrate with PostCSS?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with PostCSS
What tools integrate with Bourbon?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Bourbon

What are some alternatives to Less, PostCSS, and Bourbon?

  • Sass - Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets
  • Compass - A Stylesheet Authoring Environment that makes your website design simpler to implement and easier to maintain
  • Stylus - Expressive, robust, feature-rich CSS language built for nodejs
  • PurifyCSS - Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.

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