A Lightweight Sass Tool Set
- Dependency-free: Bourbon is pure Sass.
- Human-readable: We aim for clarity over brevity.
- Lightweight: Zero output post-install and has no visual opinion.
Table of Contents
- Command Line Interface
- Browser Support
- The Bourbon Family
Install the Bourbon gem using the RubyGems package manager:
gem install bourbon
Install the Bourbon library into the current directory:
Pro Tip: You can target installation into a specific directory using the
bourbon install --path my/custom/path/
Import Bourbon at the beginning of your stylesheet:
It’s not recommended that you modify Bourbon’s files directly as it will make updating to future versions difficult, by overwriting your custom changes or causing merge conflicts.
Installation for Ruby on Rails 4.2+
Add Bourbon to your Gemfile:
Restart your server and rename
mv app/assets/stylesheets/application.css app/assets/stylesheets/application.scss
Delete all Sprockets directives in
require_self) and use Sass’s native
Import Bourbon at the beginning of
application.scss. Any project styles that utilize Bourbon’s features must be imported after Bourbon.
@import "bourbon"; @import "home"; @import "users";
Installing with npm and using a Node-based asset pipeline
Add Bourbon as a dependency:
npm install --save bourbon
If you’re using eyeglass, skip to Step 3. Otherwise, you’ll need to add Bourbon to your node-sass
require("bourbon").includePathsis an array of directories that you should pass to node-sass. How you do this depends on how node-sass is integrated into your project.
Import Bourbon into your Sass files:
Installing older versions of Bourbon
Uninstall any Bourbon gem versions you already have:
gem uninstall bourbon
Reinstall the Bourbon gem, using the
-vflag to specify the version you need:
gem install bourbon -v 4.2.7
Follow the instructions above to install Bourbon into your project.
Command Line Interface
||Show the version number|
||Specify a custom path|
||Force install (overwrite)|
||Install Bourbon into the current directory|
||Overwrite and update Bourbon in the current directory|
Bourbon supports Internet Explorer 11+ and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.
The Bourbon Family
Bourbon is part of a larger, modular family of Sass utilities:
- Neat: A lightweight and flexible Sass grid
- Bitters: Scaffold styles, variables and structure for Bourbon projects
Bourbon is maintained by Tyson Gach and the thoughtbot design team. It is funded by thoughtbot, inc. and the names and logos for thoughtbot are trademarks of thoughtbot, inc.