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What is Stylable

Stylable is a CSS preprocessor that enables you to write reusable, highly-performant, styled components. Each component exposes a style API that maps its internal parts so you can reuse components across teams without sacrificing stylability.

  • Scopes styles to components so they don't "leak" and clash with other styles.
  • Enables custom pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements that abstract the internal structure of a component. These can then be styled externally.

At build time, the preprocessor converts the Stylable CSS into flat, static, valid, vanilla CSS that works cross-browser.

How do I install

There are currently two options for installing and working with Stylable:

While Stylable can work with any component framework, we offer a React component integration that works with both installation options. If you're a Vue.js fan, here's an example of Vue and Stylable working together.

Optionally, you can install Stylable Intelligence, an extension providing IDE support for code completion and diagnostics. Currently supported for only Visual Studio Code (version 1.18 and later).

What can I do

  • Build a Stylable component - If you are looking to style a component, follow the steps in the Stylable Basics Guide and Best Practices Guide

  • Build an app - If you want to use Stylable while building a web application, go to Build a Stylable Application. Read the steps and recommendations for building a performant web application that doesn't depend on other libraries for styling.

  • Create a library - If you want guidance in creating a component library, read Create a Stylable Component Library. Here you can follow our recommendations for building a library that can be used cross-project and includes theming, external styling and reusable components.

  • Learn - Take a look at our specification reference documents to get more acquanted with our code and for specific code examples. Use the overview as a cheatsheet to help you keep track of Stylable syntax.