Welcome to the Treehouse Community

Want to collaborate on code errors? Have bugs you need feedback on? Looking for an extra set of eyes on your latest project? Get support with fellow developers, designers, and programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels here with the Treehouse Community! While you're at it, check out some resources Treehouse students have shared here.

Looking to learn something new?

Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today.

Start your free trial


John Rothra
John Rothra
6,711 Points

Does Sass need to be installed on the server hosting the website or on my local laptop?

Guil indicated that to run Sass, you first have to install it. This seems to imply that Sass must be installed on the server where the site is hosted. Is this a correct, or does he mean it needs to be installed on the local computer used to build the website (i.e., my personal laptop/desktop)?

2 Answers

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

Hey John.


Sass doesn't need to be installed on the server. It only needs to be installed locally, as the Sass is converted to CSS, and it's the CSS file (not the Sass file) that is uploaded to the live server. Web browsers don't actually know how to interpret Sass, so there is no need for the server to have it.


27,485 Points

Hi John,

You need to Install Sass on your local machine.

You have the choice of using either command line or an application for Sass - More info can be found here.

Hope that helps!