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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) {  /* .. */});


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


A configuration object.

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


A partial stylelint configuration object whose properties override the existing config object, whether stylelint loads the config via the config option or a .stylelintrc file.


A string to lint.


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.


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:


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


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


An array containing all the accumulated PostCSS LazyResults.


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


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.