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Sass vs Stylus: What are the differences?

What is Sass? Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. 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? Expressive, robust, feature-rich CSS language built for nodejs. 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.

Sass and Stylus can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

"Variables" is the primary reason why developers consider Sass over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking Stylus.

Sass is an open source tool with 12K GitHub stars and 1.93K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sass's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Sass has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2082 company stacks & 1445 developers stacks; compared to Stylus, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.

Advice on Sass and Stylus
awesomebanana2018
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Stylus
Sass
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PostCSS

Originally, I was going to start using Sass with Parcel, but then I learned about Stylus, which looked interesting because it can get the property values of something directly instead of through variables, and PostCSS, which looked interesting because you can customize your Pre/Post-processing. Which tool would you recommend?

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PostCSS

You're not correct with saying "vs Postcss". You're using Less/Sass/Stylus/... to produce "CSS" (maybe extended means it has some future features) and then in any case PostCSS will play (it is shipped with Parcel/NextJS/CRA/...)

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Decisions about Sass and Stylus
Noel Broda
Founder, CEO, CTO at NoFilter | 2 upvotes 路 19 views

We know that Sass is not a replace for CSS, but in my mind there is no CSS with no Sass.

One of the first complement/plugins I add to the environment, are the Sass processing files/demons.

I couldn't imagine going back to pure CSS. Sass is even the way to go, regarding Styled Components, CSS Modules, and all the other options.

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Cory Bell

JSS is makes a lot of sense when styling React components and styled-components is a really nice implementation of JSS. I still get to write pure CSS, but in a more componentized way. With CSS post-processors like SASS and LESS, you spend a lot of time deciding where your .scss or .less files belong, which classes should be shared, and generally fighting the component nature of React. With styled-components, you get the best of CSS and React. In this project, I have ZERO CSS files or global CSS classes and I leverage mixins quite a bit.

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Pros of Sass
Pros of Stylus
  • 604
    Variables
  • 587
    Mixins
  • 465
    Nested rules
  • 411
    Maintainable
  • 296
    Functions
  • 148
    Modular flexible code
  • 140
    Open source
  • 111
    Selector inheritance
  • 107
    Dynamic
  • 96
    Better than cs
  • 4
    Used by Bootstrap
  • 2
    If and for function
  • 1
    Custom functions
  • 1
    Better than less
  • 69
    Simple
  • 54
    Indented syntax
  • 38
    Efficient
  • 33
    Built for node.js
  • 32
    Open source
  • 24
    Expressive
  • 21
    Maintainable
  • 17
    Feature-rich
  • 13
    Better than CS
  • 6
    Variables
  • 5
    Functions
  • 3
    @extend directive
  • 2
    Contempt for curly brackets
  • 2
    Very clean
  • 2
    Mixins
  • 2
    Is Easy
  • 2
    No colons, semi-colons or even curly braces
  • 1
    Its unique
  • 1
    Dynamic selectors
  • 1
    Scriptable
  • 1
    Easy Efficiently
  • 1
    Transparent
  • 1
    Supports orthogonal architecture

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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.

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What are some alternatives to Sass and Stylus?
styled-components
Visual primitives for the component age. Use the best bits of ES6 and CSS to style your apps without stress 馃拝
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.
Bootstrap
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
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.
node-sass
It is a library that provides binding for Node.js to LibSass, the C version of the popular stylesheet preprocessor, Sass. It allows you to natively compile .scss files to css at incredible speed and automatically via a connect middleware.
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Reviews of Sass and Stylus
Review of
Stylus

One of the main reasons I use it is that it combines most of what I like but is spread across other preprocessors.

The option to make functions that take places of properties is amazing. ie. border-radius: "child" $parent-radius can actually be calling a function like border-radius("child", $parent-radius) where using border-radius: 4px would just implement the standard expected result.

Add in my favorite selector: `^[-1..-1] to get the last raw selector in a nested situation. (its like magic in combination with BEM naming syntax)

How developers use Sass and Stylus
Kevin Ard uses
Sass

It was a little awkward building BS3 with LESS, and the rest of the site with SCSS, but it works. SCSS made building the UI elements (ink/flip buttons, img navs, etc) a breeze. It also drives the mobile menu open/close transitions - that would have been much too much with vanilla css.

Climate CoLab uses
Sass

Sass helps us write better stylesheets. One major improvement over CSS that we use a lot is variables - it allows for much easier theming to quickly change brand colors for new instances of the xCoLab.

Ujjwal Bhujel uses
Sass

When you realise that countless lines of CSS codes could be made countable. And off course, a wonderful and cool way to use the logic behind variables and nesting. Simply love it.

Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) uses
Sass

Sass is used as a part of Woltlab Suite Core, which offers to submit/configure own styles via the injection of own Sass-CSS. So we exclusively rely on Sass for our CSS needs.

Refractal uses
Sass

CSS is a mess. There, we said it. Sass, on the other hand takes CSS and makes it pretty, easy to work with and has stuff like variables which make things seriously awesome.

LapNghiep uses
Stylus

Accompanied with ReactJS code

Thomas Hunsaker uses
Stylus

I hate CSS.