LESS is a CSS superset that makes it easy to get started with CSS preprocessing. It’s used to build the popular library Bootstrap; it’s source files work great with Harp.


Harp includes the best-of-breed preprocessors by default. This means you don’t need to waste time configuring LESS, worrying about installing dependencies, minifying your CSS, or even selecting the input and output location for files. Everything just works.


Harp’s asset pipeline is super easy to use. All the processing happens implicitly, so there is nothing to setup. Just name your file with an .less extension instead of .css and the Harp web server will see it as if it is a .css file.


In this project, there is a main.less file and a _variables.less file in the css directory, like so:

  |- index.ejs
  +- css/
    |- main.less
    +- _variables.less

Now, you would simply reference main.css in index.ejs as you would with any other CSS file:

        <link href="css/main.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet">

And your main.less could reference the variables like this:

@import "variables”;

body {
    font: 12px Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;

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