Quickstart guide for a new Vue.js project

Published on 2018 / 03 / 10

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In the little time I have delving into Vue.js I’ve come to really appreciate the framework, and its surrounding libraries.

This opinionated guide details the steps I take to start with a solid foundation for a new Vue.js project.

What particular opinions does it include?
Well, for starters:

  • Package manager: Yarn — Fast, reliable, and secure dependency management.
  • Project generation tool: vue-cli — CLI for rapid Vue.js development.
  • UI framework: Vuetify — Material Design component framework.
  • Material icons library: Google Material Icons — Beautifully crafted, delightful, and easy to use.
  • Validation library: Vuelidate — Simple, lightweight model-based validation for Vue.js.
  • Ajax library: Axios — Promise based HTTP client for the browser and Node.js.

I have found that these tools and libraries are performant, intuitive and very easy to work with.

I had a similar stack for Angular that included Angular Material plus some custom component primitives for rendering dynamic forms, data tables and other stuff.

I was really fond of the dynamic forms implementation, it allowed the user to specify highly configurable forms using a simple JSON specification.
The generated forms integrated well with our Rails JSON API backend.

I plan to write a tutorial about doing the same thing but this time with Vue.js and Vuetify, but I digress…

Setting up a new Vue.js app for success

Here we’ll see how to setup a newly created app with vue-cli so it’ll be ready for us to start hacking on it right away.


Install Node.js, Yarn and vue-cli

Generate a new project

vue init webpack my-project

I usually accept all defaults, except for the package manager.
I pick Yarn when asked.

As you can see we are using the Webpack template.
Here is the list for the official templates.

Adjust ESLint rules

Add this line to the rules key in the .eslintrc.js file:

'no-multiple-empty-lines': [2, { max: 2 }]

The reason for this change, is that I usually leave two consecutive blank lines between some elements inside my .vue component files.

For example between import sections and following code.
Or between <template>, <script> and <style>.

Install project dependencies

Use Yarn to add the project dependencies:

yarn add vuetify material-design-icons vuelidate axios

I like having the power of SCSS / SASS at my disposal when writing CSS rules.

--dev will add dependencies to the devDependencies section in your package.json file:

yarn add sass-loader node-sass --dev

Initial app configuration and setup

To setup Vuetify, Google Material Icons and Vuelidate, you need to add these lines to src/main.js:

import Vuelidate from 'vuelidate'
import Vuetify from 'vuetify'

import 'material-design-icons/iconfont/material-icons.css'
import 'vuetify/dist/vuetify.css'


To see Vuetify in action, change your src/App.vue file to:


export default {
  name: 'App'

And your src/components/HelloWorld.vue to:


export default {
  name: 'HelloWorld'


The Material Design guidelines for typography, state that Roboto —and Noto— are the standard typefaces to use.

Add this to the <head> section of your index.html file:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto:300,400,500,700,400italic">

Have a look

Start your project with:

yarn dev

And visit: http://localhost:8080.

That’s it!
Have a good one. :)


— lt

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