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A Browserify plugin for handling CSS (through PostCSS), with full and correct support for ICSS and CSS modules. Works with css-extract. Allows specifying custom PostCSS transforms.

Inspired by postcssify-iss, but essentially an entirely new implementation, due to different architectural requirements.

The index.js file in this module's repository contains inline documentation on how the plugin works. If you're looking to implement your own ICSS / CSS modules implementation for another bundler (or just want to know how this one works!), it may be useful to give it a read.

Why use icssify and not ________?

  • css-loader: This is a Webpack plugin, so it can't be used with Browserify.
  • css-modulesify: Outdated, seemingly no longer maintained, heavily relies on an also-no-longer-maintained 'core' library.
  • postcssify-icss: Outdated approach, ICSS imports do not work correctly, extract-css not supported.


This plugin changes quite a few things in the Browserify pipeline to make CSS work correctly, and it tries to make those changes as unobtrusively as possible. However, due to design limitations in Browserify, it's not guaranteed that this plugin will work together with other Browserify plugins.

In particular, the following things should be kept in mind:

  • This plugin changes Browserify's sorting algorithm, so that files are always processed in 'dependency order'. While this shouldn't be an issue because the new algorithm is deterministic just like the old one, it's possible for a different plugin to break this one, if it changes the sorting algorithm. To prevent this, always load icssify last (but still before watchify and css-extract, if you're using those).
  • The sorting algorithm cannot currently deal with circular dependencies. Trying to use this plugin will break, when you have circular dependencies. You really shouldn't have those, but this is still worth keeping in mind. PRs to fix this are welcome.
  • CSS files are not JS files. This plugin sneaks the CSS past Browserify's syntax checker, but it will still send CSS files through the pipeline. Plugins that operate on JS must ignore non-JS files, otherwise they will break.

This plugin will always bundle all CSS into a single file. For complexity reasons, there is currently no support for splitting up CSS into multiple bundles. PRs that add support for this (without breaking ICSS or css-extract support!) are welcome.

By default, this plugin will use insert-css to automatically load the bundled CSS into the browser when any part of it is require()d. If you want to serve the CSS as a separate file, rather than as a part of the bundle, use css-extract.


Most of this library is licensed under the WTFPL or CC0, at your choice. This basically means you can treat it as public domain, and use it in any way you want. Attribution is appreciated, but not required!

Some parts (namely, the PostCSS plugins) are derived from css-loader, and are therefore under the MIT license. The affected files contain a licensing header saying so.

Any contributions made to this projects are assumed to be dual-licensed under the WTFPL/CC0.

Usage examples

Using Babel and icssify, and bundling the CSS in with the JS, auto-loading it:

browserify -t [ babelify ] -p [ icssify ] src/index.js > dist/bundle.js

The same, but extracting the CSS into a separate file:

browserify -t [ babelify ] -p [ icssify ] -p [ css-extract -o dist/bundle.css ] src/index.js > dist/bundle.js

Or through the programmatic Browserify API:

const icssify = require("icssify");
const cssExtract = require("css-extract");

// ... browserify setup code goes here ...

browserifyInstance.plugin(icssify, { before: [ /* your custom PostCSS transforms go here */ ] });

/* And, if you want to extract the CSS, also do: */
browserifyInstance.plugin(cssExtract, { out: "dist/bundle.css" });

// ... more browserify code goes here ...

For further usage examples, refer to the usual Browserify documentation. icssify is just a plugin like any other, and shouldn't require special handling, other than what's listed in the "considerations" section above.


Plugin options (all optional):

  • mode: Whether to assume that untagged class names in your CSS (ie. those without a :local or :global tag) are local or global. Defaults to "local", but you can set this to "global" if you want to make the class name mangling opt-in. You'll generally want to leave this at the default setting.
  • before: PostCSS transforms to run before the ICSS transforms, ie. before imports/exports are analyzed. This is usually where you want custom PostCSS plugins to go.
  • after: PostCSS transforms to run after the ICSS transforms, ie. after mangling the class names, but before bundling it all together into a single file. You'll rarely need to use this.


v1.0.0 (November 24, 2019)

Initial release.