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# Including Styles Without Webpack

Something you might've noticed is that all the @import statements start with a tilde (~) character. This allows webpack to resolve files that are found within the node_modules folder. However, if you aren't using webpack and are using one of the other Sass compilers you'll get a great error:

src/styles.scss

@import "~react-md/dist/react-md";

@include react-md-utils;
$ npx node-sass src/styles.scss src/styles.css
{
  "status": 1,
  "file": "<<REDACTED>>/src/styles.scss",
  "line": 1,
  "column": 1,
  "message": "File to import not found or unreadable: ~react-md/dist/react-md.",
  "formatted": "Error: File to import not found or unreadable: ~react-md/dist/react-md.\n        on line 1 of src/styles.scss\n>> @import '~react-md/dist/react-md';\n\n   ^\n"
}

This is because the tilde (~) character is webpack specific. Luckily there is a way to compile without webpack!

# Switching to the non-webpack exports

The first step we'll need to take is to switch from the webpack SCSS exports to the "general" exports. This can be done by just referencing the .scss files in the dist/scss folder instead of just dist:

1234-@import "~react-md/dist/react-md";
+@import "react-md/dist/scss/react-md";

 @include react-md-utils;

When we try to compile again, we'll actually get another similar error:

$ npx node-sass src/styles.scss src/styles.css
{
  "status": 1,
  "file": "<<REDACTED>>/src/styles.scss",
  "line": 1,
  "column": 1,
  "message": "File to import not found or unreadable: react-md/dist/scss/react-md.",
  "formatted": "Error: File to import not found or unreadable: react-md/dist/scss/react-md.\n        on line 1 of src/styles.scss\n>> @import 'react-md/dist/scss/react-md';\n\n   ^\n"
}

This error occurred because react-md imports styles from all the scoped packages and needs to be updated to look for these styles. So let's try it one more time by using the include-path option:

$ npx node-sass --include-path=node_modules src/styles.scss src/styles.css
Rendering Complete, saving .css file...
Wrote CSS to <<REDACTED>>/src/styles.css

Woohoo! All done. So if you want to compile with something like dart-sass or just outside of webpack, you'll want to:

  1. Update the imports to no longer have a leading tilde (~)
  2. Update the imports to come from the dist/scss folder instead of just dist
  3. Add the include-path option to include node_modules