Convert SharePoint color themes to SCSS using gulp

Color themes provide an easy way to apply lightweight branding in SharePoint. And if you’re using a custom CSS file, you can reuse the color definitions from by adding the SharePoint specific ReplaceColor preprocessing instruction in your CSS file. This command will instruct SharePoint to replace the color defined in the CSS file with a value from the currently applied color theme.

.myClass {
  /* [ReplaceColor(themeColor:"BodyText")] */ color:#262626;
  padding: 10px;
  font-family: arial, sans-serif; 

This approach works nicely if you need to use the defined colors inside SharePoint. But in some cases you might need to reuse the defined color theme in a CSS file which is not preprocessed by SharePoint and where those preprocessing commands therefore will not work.

For these cases I wrote a small gulp plugin which can be used to convert a SharePoint’s spcolor-file to a SCSS partial which will contain all those color definitions as SCSS variables.

body {
    background-color: $spcolor_PageBackground;
    color: $spcolor_BodyText;
    font-family: arial, sans-serif;

The utility is licensed under the MIT license and it’s available as an npm-package called gulp-spcolor2scss. The source code for the plugin can be found in GitHub. If you find any problems with the plugin, please submit a new issue or even a pull request to the GitHub repository.


Install package with NPM and add it to your development dependencies:

npm install --save-dev gulp-spcolor2scss

Basic usage

1. Use gulp to convert your spcolor file to a scss partial

'use strict';

var gulp = require('gulp');
var sass = require('gulp-sass');
var header = require('gulp-header');
var spcolor2scss = require('gulp-spcolor2scss');

gulp.task('spcolor', function() {
    return gulp.src('./themes/custom.spcolor', { buffer: true })
        .pipe(header("//\n// This file is autogenerated. Do not edit!\n//\n"))        

gulp.task('css', ['spcolor'], function() {
    return gulp.src('./sass/**/*.scss')
        .pipe(sass().on('error', sass.logError))

2. Import the generated partial to you sass file

// Original spcolor file was named 'custom.spcolor'
// It has been renamed to "_custom_spcolor.scss" by the plugin
@import "custom_spcolor";

3. Use the generated sass variables in your styles

The plugin prefixes all spcolor variable names with ‘spcolor_’ in order to avoid collisions with other variables you might be using.

body {
    background-color: $spcolor_PageBackground;
    color: $spcolor_BodyText;
    font-family: arial, sans-serif;

h1 {
    color: $spcolor_HeaderText;

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