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StyleLint with VSCode: Keeping Your CSS Consistent and Clean

StyleLint is a popular linter for CSS, Sass, and Less. It helps you enforce coding standards and maintain consistent code quality. VSCode is a powerful code editor that offers excellent support for StyleLint. In this article, we'll show you how to use StyleLint with VSCode to improve your CSS development workflow.

What is StyleLint?

StyleLint is a static code analysis tool that checks your CSS code for stylistic errors and conventions. It can help you with things like:

  • Identifying invalid CSS syntax
  • Enforcing indentation and spacing rules
  • Checking for missing semicolons
  • Banning or enforcing the use of certain selectors or properties
  • Ensuring consistent naming conventions

Benefits of using StyleLint with VSCode

There are many benefits to using StyleLint with VSCode. Some of the most important include:

  • Improved code quality: StyleLint helps you write clean, consistent, and maintainable CSS code.
  • Reduced errors: StyleLint catches errors early in the development process, which can save you time and frustration.
  • Increased productivity: StyleLint can help you automate many coding tasks, which can save you time and effort.
  • Better collaboration: StyleLint can help ensure that your team is using the same coding standards, which can make collaboration easier.

Getting started with StyleLint and VSCode

1. Install StyleLint

The first thing you need to do is install StyleLint. You can install it globally using npm:

npm install -g stylelint
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or you can install it locally into your project directory:

npm install stylelint --save-dev
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2. Install the VSCode StyleLint extension

Next, you need to install the VSCode StyleLint extension. You can do this by opening the extensions panel in VSCode and searching for "StyleLint".

3. Configure StyleLint

Once you have installed the extension, you need to configure StyleLint. You can do this by creating a .stylelintrc file in your project directory. This file will contain the rules that StyleLint will use to lint your code.

There are many different rules available for StyleLint. You can find a list of all the available rules in the StyleLint documentation.

Here is an example of a .stylelintrc file with some basic rules:

  "rules": {
    "indentation": ["space", 2],
    "selector-max-type": 2,
    "no-missing-end-of-source-newline": true
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4. Lint your code

Once you have configured StyleLint, you can lint your code by saving your CSS file. StyleLint will automatically lint your code and display any errors in the VSCode problems panel.

You can also lint your code manually by opening the command palette and running the StyleLint: Lint All Files command.

Tips for using StyleLint with VSCode

Here are a few tips for using StyleLint with VSCode:

  • Use the StyleLint extension's auto-fix feature to fix many common errors automatically.
  • Use the StyleLint extension's custom rules feature to create your own custom rules.
  • Use the StyleLint extensions ignore patterns feature to prevent certain files or sections of code from being linted.


StyleLint is a powerful tool that can help you improve your CSS development workflow. By using StyleLint with VSCode, you can write clean, consistent, and maintainable CSS code.

I hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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tarasbudzyn profile image

Why are you duplicated your material???