Compile Stylus files to CSS

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grunt-contrib-stylus v1.2.0 Build Status: Linux Build Status: Windows

Compile Stylus files to CSS

Getting Started

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-contrib-stylus --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


This plugin was designed to work with Grunt 0.4.x. If you're still using grunt v0.3.x it's strongly recommended that you upgrade, but in case you can't please use v0.3.1.

Stylus task

Run this task with the grunt stylus command.

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide.

This task comes preloaded with nib.



Type: Boolean
Default: true

Specifies if we should compress the compiled css. Compression is always disabled when --debug flag is passed to grunt.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Specifies if the generated CSS file should contain comments indicating the corresponding stylus line.


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Specifies if the generated CSS file should contain debug info that can be used by the FireStylus Firebug plugin.


Type: Array

Specifies directories to scan for @import directives when parsing.


Type: Object

Allows you to define global variables in Gruntfile that will be accessible in Stylus files.


Type: Boolean|Array|String

If set to true, defines global variables in Gruntfile without casting objects to Stylus lists. Allows using a JavaScript object in Gruntfile to be accessible as a Stylus Hash. See Stylus's issue tracker for details. stylus/stylus#1286

Allows passing an array or string to specify individual keys to define "raw", casting all other keys as default Stylus behavior.


Type: String|Object

If String: specifies function name that should be used for embedding images as Data URI.

If Object:

  • name - Type: String. Function name that should be used for embedding images as Data URI.
  • [ limit ] - Type: Number|Boolean Default: 30000. Bytesize limit defaulting to 30Kb (30000), use false to disable the limit.
  • [ [paths ] - Type: Array, Default: []. Image resolution path(s).

See url() for details.


Type: Array

Allows passing of stylus plugins to be used during compile.


Type: Array

Import given stylus packages into every compiled .styl file, as if you wrote @import '...' in every single one of said files.

include css

Type: Boolean
Default: false

When including a css file in your app.styl by using @import "style.css", by default it will not include the full script, use true to compile into one script. ( NOTICE: the object key contains a space "include css" )

resolve url

Type: Boolean
Default: false

Telling Stylus to generate url("bar/baz.png") in the compiled CSS files accordingly from @import "bar/bar.styl" and url("baz.png"), which makes relative pathes work in Stylus.

All urls are resolved relatively to position of resulting .css file

( NOTICE: the object key contains a space "resolve url" and Stylus resolves the url only if it finds the provided file )

resolve url nocheck

Type: Boolean
Default: false

Like resolve url, but without file existence check. Fixing some current issues.

( NOTICE: the object key contains two spaces "resolve url nocheck" )


Type: String
Default: ''

This string will be prepended to the beginning of the compiled output.


Type: String
Default: ''

Path to be joined and resolved with each file dest to get new one. Mostly useful for files specified using wildcards:

options: {
  relativeDest: 'out'
files: [{
  src: ['src/components/*/*.styl'],
  ext: '.css'

will generate src/components/*/out/*.css files.


stylus: {
  compile: {
    options: {
      paths: ['path/to/import', 'another/to/import'],
      relativeDest: '../out', //path to be joined and resolved with each file dest to get new one.
                              //mostly useful for files specified using wildcards
      urlfunc: 'data-uri', // use data-uri('test.png') in our code to trigger Data URI embedding
      use: [
        function () {
          return testPlugin('yep'); // plugin with options
        require('fluidity') // use stylus plugin at compile time
      import: [      //  @import 'foo', 'bar/moo', etc. into every .styl file
        'foo',       //  that is compiled. These might be findable based on values you gave
        'bar/moo'    //  to `paths`, or a plugin you added under `use`
    files: {
      'path/to/result.css': 'path/to/source.styl', // 1:1 compile
      'path/to/another.css': ['path/to/sources/*.styl', 'path/to/more/*.styl'] // compile and concat into single file

Release History

  • 2016-03-08   v1.2.0   Stylus ^0.54
  • 2016-03-04   v1.1.0   Add "resolve url nocheck". Fixes Remove peerDeps. Point main script to task.
  • 2016-01-19   v1.0.0   Bump stylus to 0.53.
  • 2015-07-21   v0.22.0   Add relativeDest option. Bump stylus to 0.52.
  • 2015-03-09   v0.21.0   Bump stylus to 0.50.
  • 2014-09-22   v0.20.0   Bump stylus to 0.49.
  • 2014-08-26   v0.19.0   Bump dependencies. Bump stylus to 0.48.
  • 2014-07-02   v0.18.0   Bump stylus to 0.47.
  • 2014-06-04   v0.17.0   Bump stylus to 0.46.
  • 2014-05-12   v0.16.0   Bump stylus to 0.45.
  • 2014-05-01   v0.15.1   Add support for rawDefine.
  • 2014-04-23   v0.15.0   Bump stylus to 0.44.
  • 2014-04-08   v0.14.0   Bump stylus to 0.43.
  • 2014-03-01   v0.13.2   Fix limit option for urlfunc. Update copyright to 2014.
  • 2014-02-27   v0.13.1   grunt.template.process is not needed.
  • 2014-02-22   v0.13.0   Adds Data URI Image Inlining options. Fix "resolve url" option. Use chalk module to colorize terminal output. Emphasize spaces in object keys in the README.
  • 2014-01-08   v0.12.0   Update to stylus 0.42.0.
  • 2013-12-02   v0.11.0   Update to stylus 0.41.0.
  • 2013-11-07   v0.10.0   Update to stylus 0.40.0 and nib 1.0.1.
  • 2013-10-20   v0.9.0   Update to stylus 0.38.0.
  • 2013-08-20   v0.8.0   Update to stylus 0.37.0 and nib to 1.0.0.
  • 2013-07-31   v0.7.0   Update to stylus 0.35.
  • 2013-07-11   v0.6.0   Update to stylus 0.33.
  • 2013-03-10   v0.5.0   Upgrade to stylus 0.32.1.
  • 2013-02-22   v0.4.1   Support stylus define option.
  • 2013-02-15   v0.4.0   First official release for Grunt 0.4.0.
  • 2013-01-23   v0.4.0rc7   Updating grunt/gruntplugin dependencies to rc7. Changing in-development grunt/gruntplugin dependency versions from tilde version ranges to specific versions.
  • 2013-01-09   v0.4.0rc5   Updating to work with grunt v0.4.0rc5. Switching to this.file api.
  • 2012-12-15   v0.4.0a   Conversion to grunt v0.4 conventions. Remove node v0.6 and grunt v0.3 support. Merge grunt-stylus features (plugin loading, embedding). Remove experimental destination wildcards.
  • 2012-10-12   v0.3.1   Rename grunt-contrib-lib dep to grunt-lib-contrib.
  • 2012-09-24   v0.3.0   Options no longer accepted from global config key. Individually compile into dest, maintaining folder structure.
  • 2012-09-17   v0.2.2   Tests refactored, better watch integration.
  • 2012-09-10   v0.2.0   Refactored from grunt-contrib into individual repo.

Task submitted by Eric Woroshow

This file was generated on Tue Mar 08 2016 16:42:19.