Sass vs. Stylus vs. Compass

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What is 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.

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 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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Why do developers choose Sass?
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Why do developers choose Stylus?
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Why do developers choose Compass?
Why do you like Compass?


What are the cons of using Sass?
No Cons submitted yet for Sass
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What are the cons of using Stylus?
No Cons submitted yet for Stylus
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What are the cons of using Compass?
No Cons submitted yet for Compass
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How much does Sass cost?
How much does Stylus cost?
How much does Compass cost?


What companies use Sass?
2555 companies on StackShare use Sass
What companies use Stylus?
93 companies on StackShare use Stylus
What companies use Compass?
107 companies on StackShare use Compass


What tools integrate with Sass?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with Sass
What tools integrate with Stylus?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Stylus
What tools integrate with Compass?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Compass

What are some alternatives to Sass, Stylus, and Compass?

  • Less - The dynamic stylesheet language
  • PostCSS - Transform CSS with JS plugins
  • Bourbon - A lightweight mixin library for Sass
  • PurifyCSS - Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.

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