Mitchell Hillman

Nesting classes with postCSS

The postcss plugin postcss-nested can be used to scope styles. This is how I configured webpack and installed the plugin for my application.

This guide uses:

"webpack": "5.72.1",
"postcss": "8.4.17",
"postcss-loader": "7.0.1",
"postcss-nested": "5.0.6",

First, install the postcss in your application

npm i postcss-nested

Use postcss-loader in your webpack.config.js

  test: /\.css$/i,
  use: [
    isProduction ? MiniCssExtractPlugin.loader : 'style-loader',

Edit post.config.js to use the postcss-nested plugin.

module.exports = {
  plugins: [require("postcss-nested"), ["autoprefixer"]],

NOTE: Install a postcss syntax highlighter for your editor. Standard css doesn’t support nesting.

Wrap your target with a unique id. The specificity of an id attribute is helpful for targeting styles inside the component. It will also provide a degree of protection against name collision with other class names in your app.

<div id="foobar"><ThirdPartyComponent /></div>

Now all new styles can be scoped with #foobar without having to type it more than once.

For example:

#foobar {
  .my-class {
    &__selected {
      font-weight: bold;

compiles to:

#foobar .my-class__selected {
  font-weight: bold;