A tool for creating PostCSS configurations based on internal standards at Helpful Human.
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Helpful Human's PostCSS Presets

This library provides a default set of PostCSS plugins and configurations based on the internal standards employed at Helpful Human.

Getting Started

Install via npm:

npm install --save-dev @helpfulhuman/postcss-preset


The buildConfig() method allows you to quickly create the entire config needed for PostCSS.

Standard PostCSS Config

If you're using PostCSS directly with postcss-cli command line tool, you can create a postcss.config.js file and export the results of the buildConfig() method. This approach is likely the best solution for adding PostCSS support to codebases where modern tools like Webpack are not available or not needed.

Note: The postcss-partial-import plugin is added when using the default buildMode. This means you can use @import with relative filepaths or globs to include files in your bundled CSS, like you would with SASS or Stylus.

var preset = require("@helpfulhuman/postcss-preset");

// no arguments are required
module.exports = preset.buildConfig({
  variables: {
    bodyFont: "Helvetica Neue, Arial, sans-serif",
    brandColor: "#CC3300",

Now you can use the postcss command line utility to build your CSS.

postcss src/index.css --map --output public/main.css

Plugins Only

Alternatively, if you're in a situation where you don't need a full configuration for PostCSS, you can get an array of just the configured plugins using the buildPlugins() method.

Note: buildConfig() invokes this function under the hood.

var preset = require("@helpfulhuman/postcss-preset");

var plugins = preset.buildPlugins({ /* options */ });


Name Type Description
autoreset Bool Enables the autoreset plugin when when set to true. Recommended for use with CSS modules. Defaults to false.
browsers String[] An array of strings used for automatically adding vendor prefixes. See autoprefixer's browser documentation for more information. Defaults to ["last 2 version", "ie >= 10"]
enableShortRules Bool Enables the use of short rule notation when set to true. Defaults to true.
legacyBrowsers Bool Enables broadstroke legacy browser support (like IE9) when set to true. Defaults to false.
buildMode Enum Must be set to a value of MODE_DEFAULT, MODE_MODULES or MODE_WEBPACK. Defaults to MODE_DEFAULT.
nextCSS Bool When true, enables polyfills for future CSS features including custom properties, var(), @apply, variable calc(), @custom-media, @media ranges, @custom-selector, element nesting, image-set, case-insensitive attributes, hwb(), Level-4 hsl() and rgb(), gray(), RGBA hexadecimal color notations, color(), system-ui fonts, font-variant, filter() (for SVGs), :matches, Level-4 :not, :any-link, and overflow-wrap. Defaults to true.
optimize Bool Optimizes the final output for production releases. Defaults to true when the NODE_ENV is set to production.
preCSS String[] Enable various preprocessor features by providing an array of features to enable. Defaults to all options: ["@import", "@mixin", "@at-root", "@lookup", "@extend"].
pseudoFallbacks Bool Provides single colon fallbacks for ::pseudo elements including before, after, first-letter, first-line, first-child, last-child, hover, focus, and active in order to support older browsers when set to true. Defaults to legacyBrowsers' value.
remFallback Bool Helps support older browsers by automatically adding a px fallback for rules using rem units. Defaults to legacyBrowsers' value.
rgbaFallback Bool Enables rgba() to rgb() fallback to be added for legacy browsers when set to true. Defaults to legacyBrowsers' value.
variables Object Provide an object literal of variables to be injected and made globally available in your stylesheets.

$sudo Options

Warning: It is recommended that you don't touch these unless absolutely necessary.

Not listed in the options table above is the $sudo field that allows you to manually provide configurations to each individual plugin used by this library. Along with the standard options that each plugin supports individually, a forceEnable feature is also available to ensure that the plugin is included with your configuration (despite the settings above).

var preset = require("@helpfulhuman/postcss-preset");

module.exports = preset.buildConfig({
  $sudo: {
    autoreset: {
      reset: {
        margin: 0,
        padding: 0,
        borderRadius: 0,
    customProperties: {
      preserve: true,

Below is a list of all of the plugins you can configure and their corresponding key name.

Key Plugin
partialImport postcss-partial-import
mixins postcss-mixins
advancedVars postcss-advanced-variables
autoreset postcss-autoreset
short postcss-short
customProps postcss-custom-properties
apply postcss-apply
calc postcss-calc
customMedia postcss-custom-media
mediaMinMax postcss-media-minmax
customSelectors postcss-custom-selectors
nesting postcss-nesting
atRoot postcss-at-root
propertyLookup postcss-property-lookup
extend postcss-extend
imageSet postcss-image-set-polyfill
attributeCaseInsensitive postcss-attribute-case-insensitive
colorHwb postcss-color-hwb
colorHsl postcss-color-hsl
colorRgb postcss-color-rgb
colorGray postcss-color-gray
colorHexAlpha postcss-color-hex-alpha
colorFunction postcss-color-function
fontFamilySystemUi postcss-font-family-system-ui
fontVariant postcss-font-variant
filters pleeease-filters
initial postcss-initial
pseudoElements postcss-pseudoelements
selectorMatches postcss-selector-matches
selectorNot postcss-selector-not
pseudoClassAnyLink postcss-pseudo-class-any-link
replaceOverflowWrap postcss-replace-overflow-wrap
colorRgbaFallback postcss-color-rgba-fallback
pixrem pixrem
autoprefixer autoprefixer
cssnano cssnano

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