Less vs. Stylus 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 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.

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 Stylus?
Why do you like Stylus?

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 Stylus?
No Cons submitted yet for Stylus
Downsides of Stylus?

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


How much does Less cost?
How much does Stylus cost?
How much does Bourbon cost?


What companies use Less?
627 companies on StackShare use Less
What companies use Stylus?
93 companies on StackShare use Stylus
What companies use Bourbon?
31 companies on StackShare use Bourbon


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

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

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

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