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Stylus Variables

There are Stylus variables built into Quasar that you can change and/or use within devland should you wish to. This applies to apps built with Quasar CLI or Vue CLI only. It does NOT apply to UMD.


In your app’s *.vue files or in the stylus files you can use any Quasar Stylus variables (examples: $primary, $red-1), and any other Stylus variables that you declared in your /src/css/quasar.variables.styl (when using Quasar CLI) and src/styles/quasar.variables.styl (when using Vue CLI).

<!-- Notice lang="stylus" -->
<style lang="stylus">
  color $red-1
  background-color $grey-5


If using Vue CLI, then you need to also add: @import '~quasar-variables' before using any Stylus variables.


Starting with @quasar/app v1.1+, you don’t need to necessarily have the src/css/quasar.variables.styl file if you want to access the Quasar Stylus variables. Create it only if you want to customize the variables.


When creating or deleting any of the src/css/quasar.variables.* files, you will need to restart your devserver in order for it to take effect. However, when you change the content of these files it won’t be necessary to also restart.


Quasar CLI detects if the file contains at least one ‘$’ character, and if so, it automatically imports the Quasar stylus variables.

If, however, you have a nested importing statement and the file from which you are importing does not contain any ‘$’ characters, this won’t work. In this case, you need to add a simple comment (// $) so Quasar can detect at least one ‘$’ character:

<style lang="stylus">
// $

@import 'some-file'
// now some-file.styl can benefit
// from Quasar stylus variables too
// due to comment above

Same is required for stylus files that are included from quasar.conf.js > css.


Depending on whether you are using Quasar CLI or Vue CLI, you will notice that your project folder has src/css/quasar.variables.styl (Quasar CLI) or src/styles/quasar.variables.styl (Vue CLI).

You can freely override any of Quasar’s variables (see next section) in those files. For convenience, if you picked Stylus when you created your Quasar project folder, this file initially contains only the brand color-related variables.


Quasar is very easy to customize without the need of tampering with the Stylus variables, so make sure that you really need to do that. Not having this file will actually speed up your build while the default variables will still be supplied to .sass/.scss/.vue files.

Quasar’s CSS

Quasar’s own CSS is compiled using the variables file (if it exists), but you can also use Sass/SCSS variables. So there has to be a priority list for Quasar CLI:

  • Does src/css/quasar.variables.styl exists? Use that.
  • If not, then does src/css/quasar.variables.scss exists? Use that.
  • If not, then does src/css/quasar.variables.sass exists? Use that.
  • If not, then use pre-compiled Quasar CSS.

Variables list