How to reference CSS from libraries installed via npm?

Tags: javascript,html,css,node.js,npm

Problem :

So for example say I installed something:

npm install --save something

and it downloads into


and it has a folder in there perhaps called styles and in that folder you have something.css. How would I include that css file in my html document (if my html document was along-side the node-modules folder?

I mean I could do this in my html head:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="./node_modules/something/styles/something.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

But it feels wrong to go dig in your node_modules directory for stuff. Especially if the html document perhaps needs to get minified and then thrown into some ./dist/ directory. Because then the path to something.css is off..

Isn't there a way to simply just go:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="something.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

in your html document - regardless of where it's sitting in your project structure - and it'll just know where to go find that css file?

Solution :

There is a package for this called npm-css

In webpack you can require css like require('bootstrap.css'), this is why installing css via npm quite useful

if you don't have it, you can create a npm script task that would require (with fs.readFile) all the css files from the node_modules, compile them into single file (which is what npm-css does)

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