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Spectre.css - a lightweight, responsive and modern CSS framework.



Spectre.css is a lightweight, responsive and modern CSS framework for faster and extensible development.

  • lightweight and clean starting point for your project and prototype
  • flexbox, responsive and mobile-friendly layout
  • carefully designed elements
  • built in useful components and utilities
  • responsive email templates (soon)

Spectre is a side project based on years of CSS development work on a large web service project. Spectre only includes modern base styles, responsive layout system, CSS components and utilities, and it can be modified for your project with LESS compiler.

Read the documentation to learn more.

Getting started

There are 3 ways to get started with Spectre CSS framework in your projects. You can either manually install or use NPM and Bower.

Install manually

Download the compiled and minified Spectre CSS file.

Install with NPM

$ npm install spectre.css

Install with Bower

$ bower install spectre.css

And include it in your website or Web app <head> part.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/spectre.min.css" />

Compiling custom version

You can compile your custom version of Spectre.css. Read the documentation.

Documentation and demos


  • typography - headings, paragraphs, blockquote, lists and code elements, optimized for asian fonts
  • tables - organize and display data
  • buttons - button styles in different types and sizes, and even button groups
  • forms - input, radio, checkbox, switch and other form elements
  • labels - formatted text tags for highlighted, informative information
  • media - responsive images, figures and video classes


  • flexbox-grid - flexbox based responsive grid system
  • responsive - responsive grid and utilities
  • navbar - layout container that appears in the header of apps and websites
  • empty states - empty states/blank slates for first time use, empty data and error screens


  • avatars - user profile pictures or name initials rendered avatar
  • chips - complex entities in small blocks
  • autocomplete - form component provides suggestions while you type
  • tooltips - simple tooltip built entirely in CSS
  • badges - unread number indicators
  • toasts - showing alerts or notifications
  • menus - list of links or buttons for actions and navigation
  • dropdowns - combination of buttons and menus
  • navigation - breadcrumb, tabs and pagination
  • modals - flexible dialog prompts
  • cards - flexible content containers


  • utilities - layout, positions, display, text, shapes, loading things


Browser support

Spectre uses Autoprefixer to make most styles compatible with earlier browsers and Normalize.css for CSS resets. Spectre is designed for modern browsers. For best compatibility, these browsers are recommended:

  • Chrome (last two)
  • Edge (last two)
  • Firefox (last two)
  • Internet Explorer 10+
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Opera (last two)
  • Safari 6+

Currently maintained by Yan Zhu. Feel free to submit a pull request. Help is always appreciated.