Numbers in Sass have two components: the number itself, and its units. For example, in 16px the number is 16 and the unit is px. Numbers can have no units, and they can have complex units. See Units below for more details.

SCSS Syntax

@debug 100; // 100
@debug 0.8; // 0.8
@debug 16px; // 16px
@debug 5px * 2px; // 10px*px (read "square pixels")

Sass Syntax

@debug 100  // 100
@debug 0.8  // 0.8
@debug 16px  // 16px
@debug 5px * 2px  // 10px*px (read "square pixels")

Sass numbers support the same formats as CSS numbers, including scientific notation, which is written with an e between the number and its power of 10. Because support for scientific notation in browsers has historically been spotty, Sass always compiles it to fully expanded numbers.

SCSS Syntax

@debug 5.2e3; // 5200
@debug 6e-2; // 0.06

Sass Syntax

@debug 5.2e3  // 5200
@debug 6e-2  // 0.06

⚠️ Heads up!

Sass doesn’t distinguish between whole numbers and decimals, so for example math.div(5, 2) returns 2.5 rather than 2. This is the same behavior as JavaScript, but different than many other programming languages.

Units permalinkUnits

Sass has powerful support for manipulating units based on how real-world unit calculations work. When two numbers are multiplied, their units are multiplied as well. When one number is divided by another, the result takes its numerator units from the first number and its denominator units from the second. A number can have any number of units in the numerator and/or denominator.

SCSS Syntax

@debug 4px * 6px; // 24px*px (read "square pixels")
@debug math.div(5px, 2s); // 2.5px/s (read "pixels per second")

// 3.125px*deg/s*em (read "pixel-degrees per second-em")
@debug 5px * math.div(math.div(30deg, 2s), 24em); 

$degrees-per-second: math.div(20deg, 1s);
@debug $degrees-per-second; // 20deg/s
@debug math.div(1, $degrees-per-second); // 0.05s/deg

Sass Syntax

@debug 4px * 6px  // 24px*px (read "square pixels")
@debug math.div(5px, 2s)  // 2.5px/s (read "pixels per second")

// 3.125px*deg/s*em (read "pixel-degrees per second-em")
@debug 5px * math.div(math.div(30deg, 2s), 24em)  

$degrees-per-second: math.div(20deg, 1s) 
@debug $degrees-per-second  // 20deg/s
@debug math.div(1, $degrees-per-second)  // 0.05s/deg

⚠️ Heads up!

Because CSS doesn’t support complex units like square pixels, using a number with complex units as a property value will produce an error. This is a feature in disguise, though; if you aren’t ending up with the right unit, it usually means that something’s wrong with your calculations! And remember, you can always use the @debug rule to check out the units of any variable or expression.

Sass will automatically convert between compatible units, although which unit it will choose for the result depends on which implementation of Sass you’re using.If you try to combine incompatible units, like 1in + 1em, Sass will throw an error.

SCSS Syntax

// CSS defines one inch as 96 pixels.
@debug 1in + 6px; // 102px or 1.0625in

@debug 1in + 1s;
//     ^^^^^^^^
// Error: Incompatible units s and in.

Sass Syntax

// CSS defines one inch as 96 pixels.
@debug 1in + 6px  // 102px or 1.0625in

@debug 1in + 1s
//     ^^^^^^^^
// Error: Incompatible units s and in.

As in real-world unit calculations, if the numerator contains units that are compatible with units in the denominator (like math.div(96px, 1in)), they’ll cancel out. This makes it easy to define a ratio that you can use for converting between units. In the example below, we set the desired speed to one second per 50 pixels, and then multiply that by the number of pixels the transition covers to get the time it should take.

SCSS Syntax

$transition-speed: math.div(1s, 50px);

@mixin move($left-start, $left-stop) {
  position: absolute;
  left: $left-start;
  transition: left ($left-stop - $left-start) * $transition-speed;

  &:hover {
    left: $left-stop;

.slider {
  @include move(10px, 120px);

Sass Syntax

$transition-speed: math.div(1s, 50px)

@mixin move($left-start, $left-stop)
  position: absolute
  left: $left-start
  transition: left ($left-stop - $left-start) * $transition-speed

    left: $left-stop

  @include move(10px, 120px)

CSS Output

.slider {
  position: absolute;
  left: 10px;
  transition: left 2.2s;
.slider:hover {
  left: 120px;

⚠️ Heads up!

If your arithmetic gives you the wrong unit, you probably need to check your math. You may be leaving off units for a quantity that should have them! Staying unit-clean allows Sass to give you helpful errors when something isn’t right.

You should especially avoid using interpolation like #{$number}px. This doesn’t actually create a number! It creates an unquoted string that looks like a number, but won’t work with any number operations or functions. Try to make your math unit-clean so that $number already has the unit px, or write $number * 1px.

⚠️ Heads up!

Percentages in Sass work just like every other unit. They are not interchangeable with decimals, because in CSS decimals and percentages mean different things. For example, 50% is a number with % as its unit, and Sass considers it different than the number 0.5.

You can convert between decimals and percentages using unit arithmetic. math.div($percentage, 100%) will return the corresponding decimal, and $decimal * 100% will return the corresponding percentage. You can also use the math.percentage() function as a more explicit way of writing $decimal * 100%.

Precision permalinkPrecision

Compatibility (10 Digit Default):
Dart Sass
Ruby Sass
since 3.5.0

LibSass and older versions of Ruby Sass default to 5 digits of numeric precision, but can be configured to use a different number. It’s recommended that users configure them for 10 digits for greater accuracy and forwards-compatibility.

Sass numbers support up to 10 digits of precision after the decimal point. This means a few different things:

  • Only the first ten digits of a number after the decimal point will be included in the generated CSS.

  • Operations like == and >= will consider two numbers equivalent if they’re the same up to the tenth digit after the decimal point.

  • If a number is less than 0.0000000001 away from an integer, it’s considered to be an integer for the purposes of functions like list.nth() that require integer arguments.

SCSS Syntax

@debug 0.012345678912345; // 0.0123456789
@debug 0.01234567891 == 0.01234567899; // true
@debug 1.00000000009; // 1
@debug 0.99999999991; // 1

Sass Syntax

@debug 0.012345678912345  // 0.0123456789
@debug 0.01234567891 == 0.01234567899  // true
@debug 1.00000000009  // 1
@debug 0.99999999991  // 1

💡 Fun fact:

Numbers are rounded to 10 digits of precision lazily when they’re used in a place where precision is relevant. This means that math functions will work with the full number value internally to avoid accumulating extra rounding errors.