Less vs. Bourbon vs. PurifyCSS

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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 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 PurifyCSS?

Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.

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

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


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

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

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


How much does Less cost?
How much does Bourbon cost?
How much does PurifyCSS cost?


What companies use Less?
630 companies on StackShare use Less
What companies use Bourbon?
31 companies on StackShare use Bourbon
What companies use PurifyCSS?
1 companies on StackShare use PurifyCSS


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

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

  • Sass - Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets
  • PostCSS - Transform CSS with JS plugins
  • 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

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