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FAQ

How do I disable a rule?

You can disable a rule by setting its config value to null.

For example, to use stylelint-config-standard without the at-rule-empty-line-before rule:

{
  "extends": "stylelint-config-standard",
  "rules": {
    "at-rule-empty-line-before": null
  }
}

You can also disable a rule for specific sections of your CSS. Refer to the rules section of the configuration guide for more information.

How do I lint from the command line?

Refer to the CLI section of the docs.

The CLI can also be used from within npm run scripts to use a non-global installation of stylelint.

How do I lint using Git pre-commit hooks?

lint-staged is a NodeJS script that supports running stylelint against Git staged files.

How do I lint using my task runner of choice?

The stylelint community maintains a handful of plugins for popular task runners, including ones for gulp, webpack, Broccoli and Grunt. Refer to their individual READMEs to get started.

If there isn't a dedicated stylelint plugin for your task runner of choice, you can use stylelint as a PostCSS plugin and make use of PostCSS's numerous task runner plugins.

There are also examples of using the PostCSS plugin via the PostCSS JS API within the docs.

However, using stylelint as a PostCSS plugin limits your reporting options to postcss-reporter. We recommend using the stylelint CLI or Node API, instead, for better reporting.

How do I lint within my text editor?

The stylelint community also maintains a handful of plugins for popular editors. Refer to their individual READMEs to get started.

How do I lint SCSS, Less, or other non-standard syntax?

stylelint can parse any the following non-standard syntaxes by default: SCSS, Less and SugarSS. Non-standard syntaxes can automatically be inferred from the following file extensions .scss, .less, and .sss; or else you can specify the syntax yourself.

Additionally, stylelint can accept any PostCSS-compatible syntax when using the CLI or Node API. Note, however, that stylelint can provide no guarantee that core rules will work with syntaxes other than the defaults listed above.

Refer to the docs on how to configure stylelint to parse non-standard syntaxes.

Should I lint before or after processing my stylesheets through PostCSS plugins or other processors?

We recommend linting your source files before any transformations.

How do I lint styles within <style> tags?

Create a processor or use an existing one that extracts CSS from your HTML's <style> tags and feeds it into stylelint.

How do I automatically fix stylistic warnings?

stylefmt supports stylelint configuration files and can automatically fix a number of stylistic warnings.

How do I manage conflicts between rules?

Each rule stands alone, so sometimes it's possible to configure rules such that they conflict with one another. For example, you could turn on two conflicting blacklist and whitelist rules, e.g. unit-blacklist and unit-whitelist.

It's your responsibility as the configuration author to resolve these conflicts.

What is the difference between a plugin and a rule?

A rule must meet the criteria set out in the developer guide, including being applicable to only standard CSS syntax, and having a clear and unambiguous finished state. Whereas a plugin is a rule or sets of rules built by the community that don't adhere to the criteria. It might support a particular methodology or toolset, or apply to non-standard constructs and features, or be for specific use cases.

For example, we've found that rules to enforce property order, property groupings, etc., work better as plugins, because there are so many different opinions about what to enforce, and how. When you write or use a plugin, you can make sure to enforce your own particular preferences, exactly; but a rule that tries to address too many divergent use-cases becomes a mess.

Plugins are easy to incorporate into your configuration.

Can I customise stylelint's messages?

Yes, you can either use the message secondary option or write your own formatter.

How should I lint my CSS that follows a BEM-like methodology?

Use the stylelint-selector-bem-pattern plugin to ensure your selectors conform to a chosen BEM-flavor pattern.

You can also take advantage of the selector-* rules to ban certain types of selectors (e.g. id selectors) and control specificity.

If you're using SUITCSS, you might want to use their shareable config.

How do I configure the *-pattern rules for common CSS naming conventions like kebab-case?

Use the regex that corresponds to your chosen convention:

  • kebab-case: ^([a-z][a-z0-9]*)(-[a-z0-9]+)*$
  • lowerCamelCase: ^[a-z][a-zA-Z0-9]+$
  • snake_case: ^([a-z][a-z0-9]*)(_[a-z0-9]+)*$
  • UpperCamelCase: ^[A-Z][a-zA-Z0-9]+$

e.g. for lowerCamelCase class selectors, use "selector-class-pattern": "^[a-z][a-zA-Z0-9]+$".

All these patterns disallow CSS identifiers that start with a digit, two hyphens, or a hyphen followed by a digit.

How do I change the default severity to "warning" so stylelint doesn't break my build?

Use the defaultSeverity configuration option.

Can I bundle more than one sharable config within a npm package?

A user can require() any file in your npm package, so all you need to do is document which paths point to configs (e.g. require('my-package/config-2')).

How can I control the whitespace after the open brace of the block?

Refer to this section of the docs that explains how the *-empty-line-before rules work.

If I use extends within my configuration object, will the options for each rule be merged or overridden?

They will be overridden.

The extends mechanism is detailed within the configuration docs:

When one configuration extends another, it starts with the other's properties then adds to and overrides what's there.

The reason for this design is documented in #1646.