Less integration for pub

Less-transformer for pub-serve, pub-build and pub-run

This is a traslation from less 1.7.5 Javascript (over nodejs) to Dart. Is a pure Dart implementation.

pub-run usage

CMD> pub run lessc args file.less file.css

A working example: CMD> pub run lessc test/less/charsets.less

And a error example: CMD> pub run lessc --no-color test/less/errors/import-subfolder1.less

pub-build and pub-serve usage

Simply add the following lines to your pubspec.yaml:

  less_dart: any
  - less_dart:
  		entry_point: web/builder.less

After adding the transformer your entry_point .less file will be automatically transformed to corresponding .css file.


You can also pass options to Lessc if necessary:

  - less_dart:
      	- path/to/builder.less
      	- or/other.less
      output: /path/to/builded.css
      include_path: /path/to/directory/for/less/includes
      cleancss: true or false
      compress: true or false
      build_mode: less, dart or mixed
        - to include in the lessc command line
  • entry_point - Is the ONLY option required. Normally is a builder file with "@import 'filexx.less'; ..." directives.
  • entry_points - Alternative to entry_point. Let process several .less input files.
  • output - Only works with one entry_point file. Is the .css file generated.

    If not supplied (or several entry_points) then input .less with .css extension changed is used.
  • include_path - see Less Documentation include_path.
  • cleancss - see Less Documentation clean-css.
  • compress - see Less Documentation compress.
  • build_mode - - less - command 'CMD> lessc --flags input.less > output.css' is used. - dart - command 'CMD> lessc --flags -' with stdin and stdout piped in the dart transformer process. See build folder. - mixed - command 'CMD> lessc --flags input.less' with stdout managed by the dart transformer process. See build folder.

  • other_flags - Let add other flags such as (-line-numbers=comments, ...) in the lessc command line.

How to use in other programs

  • import 'package:less_dart/less.dart';
  • create the Less class: Less less = new Less();
  • call transform future.

See a example in: test/simply_test.dart

Known issues

  • Sources from lessc 1.7.5.
  • Pass the standard tests in windows (no tested in linux).
  • Javascript and Dart have different way to treat null, true, ... Many bug must be eliminated yet.
  • cleanCSS not implemented yet.
  • error color output. Implemented, but not tested in linux. In windows cmd don't work.
  • Added option --banner=bannerfile.txt. Could change in next versions according to official version.

  • Javascript evaluation not supported. If this is a problem use less_node


Copyright (c) 2009-2015 Alexis Sellier & The Core Less Team.

Copyright (c) 2014-2014 Adalberto Lacruz for dart translation.

Licensed under the Apache License.