How to use less css with django?


I’m using twitter bootstrap and django. I’ve got my dependencies handled with a pip requirements file.

I’ve got 2 questions:

  1. How can I use less while I’m developing so it’ll get compiled when I edit one of my less files?
  2. How can I create some kind of build script that will compress and combine my JS and generate CSS from Less as part of a deployment?

I’ve written a custom build script that creates a virtualenv, runs ‘pip install -r requirements.txt’, django syncdb, django migrate and then off we go.

What’s the easiest way of integrating less into this?


Asked By: user1037541



  1. Install django-static-precompiler:

    1. Run pip install django-static-precompiler
    2. Add static_precompiler to INSTALLED_APPS
  2. Install lessc executable, either via your package manager or run npm install less (npm is node package manager, which should be distro-installable, use at last resort)

  3. Use less in templates:

    1. Load the template tag: {% load less %}
    2. Use less template tag: <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ STATIC_URL}}{% less "path/to/styles.less" %}" />

Note that by default compiled files are saved into COMPILED folder under your STATIC_ROOT (or MEDIA_ROOT if you have no STATIC_ROOT in your settings). You can change this folder name with STATIC_PRECOMPILER_OUTPUT_DIR setting. See the documentation for further details.

I didn’t try it personally but i know that django-compressor also supports less.

Answered By: jpic

The selected answer is now out of date: django-less is no longer being maintained (as specified on its pypi page), and the developer suggests using django-static-precompiler instead.

Answered By: brianmearns
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