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A Grunt task to lint your SCSS

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Lint your .scss files

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt >= 0.4.0 and scss-lint >= 0.18.0.

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-scss-lint --save-dev

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


Scss-lint task

Run this task with the grunt scsslint command.

scss-lint is a Ruby gem written by The Causes Engineering Team, this plugin is simply a grunt wrapper for the gem.

This task requires you to have Ruby, and scss-lint installed. If you're on OS X or Linux you probably already have Ruby installed; test with ruby -v in your terminal. When you've confirmed you have Ruby installed, run gem update --system && gem install scss-lint to install the scss-lint gem.



  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

You can choose to have your gems installed via bundler and if so, set this option to true to use the local gems.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: true

Get some nice looking output.

For colors to work on Windows, you first need to install 2 extra gems. This is because of Rainbow, a dependency of scss-lint.

gem install windows-pr win32console


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Group related linted files for more easier error review. XML output will still be default from scss-lint.


  • Type: String
  • Default: node_modules/grunt-scss-lint/.scss-lint.yml.

Specify a configuration file.


  • Type: String or Array
  • Default: null

Exclude one or more files from being linted.


  • Type: String
  • Default: null

The jUnit XML file to save the output to. If you don't want this then set the option as null.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Emits a Grunt event on scss-lint error called scss-lint-error.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Emits a Grunt event on scss-lint success called scss-lint-success.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Set force to true to report scss-lint errors but not fail the task.


  • Type: Number or Boolean
  • Default: 300 * 1024

Set maxBuffer for the child_process.exec process, if you're linting a lot of files and you're recieving no output then you can try and increase this value. Setting it to false, 0, NaN or Infinite will not return any stdout or stderr and the task will think that everything's fine.

Usage Examples

Example config

  scsslint: {
    allFiles: [
    options: {
      bundleExec: true,
      config: '.scss-lint.yml',
      reporterOutput: 'scss-lint-report.xml',
      colorizeOutput: true


grunt.registerTask('default', ['scsslint']);

Exit error codes

If you're having problems with the task exiting with an error code, then have a look here:

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