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Node.js API

The Stylelint module includes a lint() function that provides the Node.js API.

stylelint.lint(options).then(function (resultObject) {
/* .. */
});

Options

In addition to the standard options, the Node API accepts:

config

A configuration object.

Stylelint does not bother looking for a .stylelintrc file if you use this option.

code

A string to lint.

files

A file glob, or array of file globs.

Relative globs are considered relative to globbyOptions.cwd.

Though both files and code are "optional", you must have one and cannot have both.

globbyOptions

The options that are passed with files.

For example, you can set a specific cwd manually. Relative globs in files are considered relative to this path. And by default, cwd will be set by process.cwd().

For more detail usage, see Globby Guide.

The returned promise

stylelint.lint() returns a Promise that resolves with an object containing the following properties:

errored

Boolean. If true, at least one rule with an "error"-level severity registered a problem.

output

A string displaying the formatted problems (using the default formatter or whichever you passed).

postcssResults

An array containing all the accumulated PostCSS LazyResults.

results

An array containing all the Stylelint result objects (the objects that formatters consume).

maxWarningsExceeded

An object containing the maximum number of warnings and the amount found, e.g. { maxWarnings: 0, foundWarnings: 12 }.

Syntax errors

stylelint.lint() does not reject the Promise when your CSS contains syntax errors. It resolves with an object (see The returned promise) that contains information about the syntax error.

Usage examples

Example A

As config contains no relative paths for extends or plugins, you do not have to use configBasedir:

stylelint
.lint({
config: { rules: "color-no-invalid-hex" },
files: "all/my/stylesheets/*.css"
})
.then(function (data) {
// do things with data.output, data.errored,
// and data.results
})
.catch(function (err) {
// do things with err e.g.
console.error(err.stack);
});

Example B

If myConfig does contain relative paths for extends or plugins, you do have to use configBasedir:

stylelint
.lint({
config: myConfig,
configBasedir: path.join(__dirname, "configs"),
files: "all/my/stylesheets/*.css"
})
.then(function () {
/* .. */
});

Example C

Using a string instead of a file glob, and the verbose formatter instead of the default JSON:

stylelint
.lint({
code: "a { color: pink; }",
config: myConfig,
formatter: "verbose"
})
.then(function () {
/* .. */
});

Example D

Using your own custom formatter function and parse .scss source files:

stylelint
.lint({
config: myConfig,
files: "all/my/stylesheets/*.scss",
formatter: function (stylelintResults) {
/* .. */
}
})
.then(function () {
/* .. */
});

Example E

Using a custom syntax:

stylelint
.lint({
config: myConfig,
files: "all/my/stylesheets/*.css",
customSyntax: {
parse: (css, opts) => {
/* .. */
},
stringify: (root, builder) => {
/* .. */
}
}
})
.then(function () {
/* .. */
});

Note that the customSyntax option also accepts a string. Refer to the options documentation for details.