Wednesday, 24 December 2014

How to Install LESS CSS Compiler on Ubuntu Using Node NPM Install

LESS is an excellent css compiler that makes life a lot easier. However, installing it on ubuntu means jumping through a few hoops in order to get the most up to date version.

It is straight forward however, so here's the steps..

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git-core curl build-essential openssl libssl-dev
git clone
cd node
(This will take a while!)
sudo make install
node -v (test it works)

Now Download NPM, which we'll use to install LESS

curl | sudo sh
npm -v
npm install less


echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/node/node_modules/less/bin" >> ~/.bashrc 
source ~/.bashrc
You should now be able to invoke LESS from the terminal window like so:

lessc LESSFILE.less > CSSFILE.css

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