Brian Han

How to use Parcel for a simple SCSS project

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Photo by Leone Venter on Unsplash

Photo by Leone Venter on Unsplash


Parcel is a really great alternative to Webpack. If I decide I want to use SCSS in my project, I usually reach for Parcel as my preferred way of compiling SCSS to CSS.

Create a new project, initialize a new package.json file and install parcel-bundler.

npm init -y
npm i parcel-bundler -D
# yarn add parcel-bundler -D


You only need two scripts:


  "scripts": {
    "dev": "parcel src/index.html",
    "build": "parcel build src/index.html"

Creating your project files

Make a src directory with an index.html and index.scss.


$red: #e74c3c;

h1 {
  color: $red;


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="ie=edge" />
    <title>SCSS with Parcel</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="./index.scss" />

Note that in our src/index.html file, we tell it to use our scss file as the linked stylesheet:


<link rel="stylesheet" href="./index.scss" />

Parcel installs Sass for us

Spoiler alert! Parcel uses index.html as the entry point to all of our external files (scss, js, etc.). When we declare as scss file in our html file, Parcel is smart enough to know that it should install sass for us if it’s missing from our package.json.

Try running the dev script:

npm run dev

Now your package.json dependencies should look like this:


  "devDependencies": {
    "parcel-bundler": "^1.11.0",
    "sass": "^1.15.2"


Autoprefixer, Watcher, CSS injection

Parcel is already configured to do all of this stuff right out of the box. So, basically, you’re done! Feel free to start adding JavaScript, React, or whatever else you may need. Parcel should be able to handle it.

For more details on Parcel, check them out at:


You can find an example repo on my GitHub.

Parcel has been one of my favorite tools to use in 2018.

Thanks so much for reading!