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Purgecss is a tool to remove unused CSS. It can be used as part of your development workflow. Purgecss comes with a JavaScript API, a CLI, and plugins for popular build tools.

Here are a couple of ways to use Purgecss:


You can install the CLI in two ways. By installing Purgecss globally or using npx.

Install globally

npm i -g purgecss

You can then use it with

purgecss --css <css> --content <content> [option]

Using npx

npx allows you to run the CLI locally without installing the package globally.

You can install Purgecss as a dev dependency

npm i -D purgecss

You can then use it with

npx purgecss --css <css> --content <content> [option]

JavaScript API

Start by installing Purgecss as a dev dependency.

npm i -D purgecss

You can then use Purgecss inside a JavaScript file.

ES6 with import

import Purgecss from 'purgecss'
const purgeCss = new Purgecss({
content: ['**/*.html'],
css: ['**/*.css']
const purgecssResult = purgecss.purge()

ES5 with require

var Purgecss = require('purgecss')
var purgecss = new Purgecss({
content: ['**/*.html'],
css: ['**/*.css']
var purgecssResult = purgecss.purge()


Start by installing the plugin as a dev dependency:

npm i -D purgecss-webpack-plugin
const path = require('path')
const glob = require('glob')
const ExtractTextPlugin = require('extract-text-webpack-plugin')
const PurgecssPlugin = require('purgecss-webpack-plugin')
const PATHS = {
src: path.join(__dirname, 'src')
module.exports = {
entry: './src/index.js',
output: {
filename: 'bundle.js',
path: path.join(__dirname, 'dist')
module: {
rules: [
test: /\.css$/,
use: ExtractTextPlugin.extract({
fallback: 'style-loader',
use: 'css-loader?sourceMap'
plugins: [
new ExtractTextPlugin('[name].css?[hash]'),
new PurgecssPlugin({
paths: glob.sync(`${PATHS.src}/*`)


Start by installing the Gulp plugin as a dev dependency:

npm i -D gulp-purgecss
const gulp = require('gulp')
const purgecss = require('gulp-purgecss')
gulp.task('purgecss', () => {
return gulp
content: ['src/**/*.html']


Start by installing the Grunt plugin as a dev dependency:

npm i -D grunt-purgecss
module.exports = grunt => {
purgecss: {
options: {
content: ['./src/**/*.html']
my_target: {
files: {
'./dist/app.purged.css': './src/app.css'
grunt.registerTask('default', ['purgecss'])


Start by installing the Rollup plugin as a dev dependency:

npm i -D rollup-plugin-purgecss
import { rollup } from 'rollup'
import purgecss from 'rollup-plugin-purgecss'
entry: 'main.js',
plugins: [
content: ['index.html']