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Bourbon vs PostCSS: What are the differences?

What is Bourbon? 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.

What is PostCSS? Transform CSS with JS plugins. 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.

Bourbon and PostCSS belong to "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" category of the tech stack.

"Simple mixins" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Bourbon, while over 17 developers mention "The "babel" of CSS" as the leading cause for choosing PostCSS.

Bourbon and PostCSS are both open source tools. It seems that PostCSS with 21.1K GitHub stars and 1.15K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Bourbon with 8.86K GitHub stars and 916 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, PostCSS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 63 company stacks & 47 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 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.

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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.
      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.
      Compass
      The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions.
      CSS Modules
      It is a CSS file in which all class names and animation names are scoped locally by default. The key words here are scoped locally. With this, your CSS class names become similar to local variables in JavaScript. It goes into the compiler, and CSS comes out the other side.
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        Mick Dekkers uses PostCSSPostCSS

        PostCSS essentially allows you to set up your own CSS preprocessor with the features that matter to you. It has a modular plugin-based architecture, which means that if someone comes up with a useful new feature, you can easily add it to your stack as a PostCSS plugin. PreCSS and PostCSS-cssnext are some of my go-to plugins.

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        Tim Lucas uses PostCSSPostCSS

        PostCSS handles compiling node-based CSS libraries, including BassCSS (the whole site is only ~85 lines of custom CSS). It also does auto-vendor-prefixing and support for CSS variables.

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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.

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        Thibault Maekelbergh uses PostCSSPostCSS

        We wrote a lot of flexbox and css that needed prefixing. PostCSS + Webpack was the best option here.

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        AmericanBibleSociety uses BourbonBourbon

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

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        Virtually(Creative) uses PostCSSPostCSS

        Used to minify and extend the CSS markup of the framework.

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        BookAuthority uses PostCSSPostCSS

        We use PostCSS to improve cross-browser compatibility

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        Mike Hoffert uses BourbonBourbon

        Replaced Foundation grid system with Bourbon Neat.

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