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Add CSS import functionality to Shopify theme development with Grunt.js or Gulp.js

Adding CSS @import to theme development

This guide will allow you to define your own folder structure for your stylesheets while building Shopify themes.

Stylesheets can be created and maintained in css/ from your theme’s root folder.

In the example css/ folder there is a single theme.scss.liquid file that imports other stylesheets into it. Files starting with an underscore are not added to your assets/ folder.

You can use Grunt or Gulp to achieve the same effect.


Basic theme structure

├── assets/
├── layout/
├── snippets/
├── templates/
├── // Non-theme files/folders (Theme Gem, Grunt, Gulp, etc.)
├── config.yml
├── css/
├── Gemfile
├── Gruntfile.js
├── package.json
├── gulpfile.js
└── node_modules/


Navigate to your theme root in Terminal.

1. Install grunt globally

npm install -g grunt-cli

You may have to use sudo for this.

2. Create this package.json file in your theme’s root

  "name": "shopify-css-import",
  "devDependencies": {
    "grunt": "~0.4.4",
    "grunt-concurrent": "~0.5.0",
    "grunt-contrib-watch": "~0.6.1",
    "grunt-exec": "~0.4.5",
    "grunt-gulp": "^0.1.0",
    "load-grunt-tasks": "^0.4.0"

3. Install required packages

npm install

4. Create this Gemfile in your theme’s root

source ''
gem 'shopify_theme', :git => ''

5. Run bundle install

bundle install

6. Run grunt


That’s it. Gruntfile.js will run both theme watch to upload new theme files to your store and grunt gulp to concatenate the stylesheets in /css at the same time.


Navigate to your theme root in Terminal.

1. Install gulp globally

npm install - gulp

You may have to use sudo for this.

2. Install gulp-cssimport

npm install gulp-cssimport

3. Create this gulpfile.js file in your theme’s root

var gulp = require('gulp');
var cssimport = require("gulp-cssimport");

// Process CSS
gulp.task('styles', function(){
  return gulp.src('css/**/*.*')

// Watch files
gulp.task('watch', function () {'css/**/*.*', ['styles']);

// Default task
gulp.task('default', ['watch']);

4. Run gulp watch

gulp watch

5. Run Shopify theme gem

Make sure your config.yml file is setup properly. Docs here. In a separate them Terminal window that is still in your theme’s root, run:

theme watch


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