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How to use Vuetify with Nuxt 3

Utilize the latest versions of Vuetify and Nuxt together.

Installation

Start by creating a Nuxt 3 project if you do not have one already.

bash
npx nuxi init nuxt-app

Then run cd nuxt-app and run yarn to make sure your dependencies are installed.

Now that our Nuxt 3 project is setup, we are ready to integrate Vuetify. While you are in the nuxt application's root directory, run the following command to install Vuetify 3 and it's dependency, sass.

bash
yarn add vuetify@next sass

Your package.json should now look similar to the following:

json
// package.json
"devDependencies": {
  "nuxt": "3.0.0"
},
"dependencies": {
  "sass": "^1.51.0",
  "vuetify": "^3.0.1"
}

Creating our Vuetify plugin

We have Vuetify installed, now we need it to talk to Nuxt. We will do this by using Nuxt's plugin feature.

Create a plugins folder then create a file named vuetify.js and put it in the newly created plugins folder.

Then, within the vuetify.js file, paste the following code into it:

js
// plugins/vuetify.js
import { createVuetify } from 'vuetify'
import * as components from 'vuetify/components'
import * as directives from 'vuetify/directives'

export default defineNuxtPlugin(nuxtApp => {
  const vuetify = createVuetify({
    components,
    directives,
  })

  nuxtApp.vueApp.use(vuetify)
})

This is mostly documented here within Vuetify's explanation. The key difference is we use nuxtApp.vueApp.use(vuetify) rather than app.use(vuetify).

Configure Nuxt 3 to use our new plugin

Our last bit of configuration occurs in our nuxt.config.ts file. This is where we tell Nuxt how to properly find and build Vuetify's sass.

js
// nuxt.config.ts
import { defineNuxtConfig } from 'nuxt'

// https://v3.nuxtjs.org/api/configuration/nuxt.config
export default defineNuxtConfig({
  css: ['vuetify/lib/styles/main.sass'],
  build: {
    transpile: ['vuetify'],
  },
  vite: {
    define: {
      'process.env.DEBUG': false,
    },
  },
})

Integrate Vuetify's mdi icons

It seems using v-icon requires additional configuration. Thank you @cbrhex for figuring this out here.

  1. Install mdi using yarn add @mdi/font
  2. Add the css to your nuxt.config.ts file.
js
// nuxt.config.ts
import {defineNuxtConfig} from 'nuxt'

export default defineNuxtConfig({
    css: [
        ....
        '@mdi/font/css/materialdesignicons.min.css',
        ...
    ],
})

Customize Sass Variables

You're able to extend and modify the sass variables powering Vuetify. This requires installing vite-plugin-vuetify:

bash
yarn add vite-plugin-vuetify

and adding the following code to your nuxt config:

ts
// nuxt.config.ts
  ...
  modules: [
    async (options, nuxt) => {
      nuxt.hooks.hook('vite:extendConfig', config =>
        config.plugins.push(
          vuetify({
            styles: { configFile: 'settings.scss' },
          })
        )
      )
    },
  ],
  ...

This points Vuetify to a settings.scss file in the same directory as the nuxt.config.ts file. In your .scss file, you can provide global variable changes with the following syntax:

scss
// settings.scss
@forward 'vuetify/settings' with (
  $button-color: green,
  $button-font-weight: 700
);

And in the component you want to apply these changes:

vue
// app.vue
<template>
  <v-btn>Hello Sass Changes</v-btn>
</template>

<style lang="scss">
@use './settings';
</style>

Check out the example repo if you want to see a working example.

If you've followed along this far, your nuxt.config.ts file should look like:

js
// nuxt.config.ts
import vuetify from 'vite-plugin-vuetify'

export default defineNuxtConfig({
  css: [
    'vuetify/lib/styles/main.sass',
    '@mdi/font/css/materialdesignicons.min.css',
  ],
  build: {
    transpile: ['vuetify'],
  },
  vite: {
    define: {
      'process.env.DEBUG': false,
    },
  },
  modules: [
    async (options, nuxt) => {
      nuxt.hooks.hook('vite:extendConfig', config =>
        config.plugins.push(
          vuetify({
            styles: { configFile: 'settings.scss' },
          })
        )
      )
    },
  ],
})

Enjoy Vuetify alongside Nuxt 3

Everything should now be working as expected and you should now be able to utilize the wide array Vuetify components within your Nuxt pages!

Enjoy!

Here's the repo if you'd like to see a working project.

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