Filter CSS through HTML, removing selectors that do not apply to the HTML


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Filter CSS through HTML, removing selectors that do not apply to that HTML.

Parses HTML with Cheerio — using its jQuery-like selector queries — to determine which selectors in the CSS correspond to actual elements on the page. Removes selectors that have no corresponding elements, rules that have no corresponding selectors, at-rules containing no corresponding rules, etc.

Also, for good measure, runs the CSS through postcss-discard-unused, which removes unused @counter-style, @keyframes, and @font-face at-rules.


npm install @mapbox/postcss-html-filter


Follow the instructions for your PostCSS runner.

This example uses PostCSS's Node API:

const postcss = require('postcss');
const postcssHtmlFilter = require('@mapbox/postcss-html-filter');
const fs = require('fs');

const myHtml = fs.readFileSync('path/to/some.html', 'utf8');
  .use(postcssHtmlFilter({ html: myHtml })
  .then(result => { /* ... */ });



Type: string. Required.

The HTML that you will use to filter your CSS.


  • Before checking if a selector applies to the HTML pseudo-elements are stripped (e.g. ::before, ::first-line). If the selector applies without them, we can assume that it also applies with them, and the selector should be kept. Pseudo-classes (e.g. :first-child, :not(a), :nth-child(3)) are passed to Cheerio when Cheerio can interpret them (using css-select). If the pseudo-class cannot be interpreted by Cheerio, it is stripped before the selector is checked.


  • This does not resolve nested selectors (e.g. for SCSS and Less). If you want to give that a shot, feel free to try a PR. Maybe try postcss-resolve-nested-selector.

Is this like UnCSS?

Kind of. This is essentially a simplified version of what UnCSS does. Instead of using PhantomJS or jsdom to load the page, size things, download resources, etc., this module only addresse the core problem of filtering out CSS that is not used in some HTML. This is a low-level module that could be used within other, higher-level projects (e.g. ones that download resources).

Similar projects

  • Another project that uses Cheerio to filter out unused CSS is css-razor.
  • Another PostCSS plugin with similar aims is usedcss.


The tests are very simple. In fact, there's just one Jest snapshot test at the moment, which provides 100% code coverage. We can add more to the CSS and HTML fixtures, as needed, to test other scenarios and code changes; and Jest handles the comparison and offers a nice legible read-out of what went wrong.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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