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Skeleton-Less is the (un)official Less version of Dave Gamache's Skeleton Framework. It currently featues a stable version of Skeleton 2.0.4

Skeleton is a simple, responsive boilerplate to kickstart any responsive project.

Check out for documentation and details.

Getting started

Install Global Dependencies

Install Local Dependencies

  • Download zip, clone the repo or bower install skeleton-less from your terminal
  • cd to project folder
  • run [sudo] npm install (first time users)
  • run grunt (to watch and compile Less files)

What's in the download?

The download includes Skeleton's CSS, Normalize CSS as a reset, a sample favicon, and an index.html as a starting point.

├── index.html
├── less/
│   └── skeleton.less
├── images/
│   └── favicon.png
├── package.json
├── Gruntfile.js


The goal of Skeleton-Less is to have a mirrored Less repository of Skeleton. In order to keep the integrity of the original Skeleton framework, I cannot accept any features or functionality outside the original implementation of Dave Gamache's Skeleton Framework. If you would like to see features, functionality, or extensions outside of the original please make a PR / or issue on the original skeleton framework.

If you have Less improvements, additional mixins, or other helpful Less techniques that stay within the original codebase. Feel free to make a pull request!

Why it's awesome

Skeleton is lightweight and simple. It styles only raw HTML elements (with a few exceptions) and provides a responsive grid. Nothing more.

  • Minified, it's less than a kb
  • It's a starting point, not a UI framework
  • No compiling or installing...just vanilla CSS

Browser support

  • Chrome latest
  • Firefox latest
  • Opera latest
  • Safari latest
  • IE latest

The above list is non-exhaustive. Skeleton works perfectly with almost all older versions of the browsers above, though IE certainly has large degradation prior to IE9.


All parts of Skeleton-Less are free to use and abuse under the open-source MIT license.


Skeleton was built using Sublime Text 3 and designed with Sketch. The typeface Raleway was created by Matt McInerney and Pablo Impallari. Code highlighting by Google's Prettify library. Icons in the header of the documentation are all derivative work of icons from The Noun Project. Feather by Zach VanDeHey, Pen (with cap) by Ed Harrison, Pen (with clicker) by Matthew Hall, and Watch by Julien Deveaux.


Skeleton was created by Dave Gamache for a better web.

Skeleton-Less was created by Seth Coelen for a better Skeleton.

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The (un)official Less Version of Skeleton (2.0.4): A Dead Simple, Responsive Boilerplate for Mobile-Friendly Development



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