Play with your vue components.

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A minimalistic framework for demonstrating your Vue components, inspired by react-storybook.

Table of Contents

Keeping Scenarios Writing Scenarios Loading Scenarios Dynamically Register Components Use Component as play() argument example readme this.$log(data)

Getting Started

Integrate vue-play into your project using getplay:
yarn global add getplay
cd my-project

Then you can run yarn play and go to http://localhost:5000
So far we got:
  • npm scripts yarn play & yarn build:play
  • A ./play folder where you write scenarios for your component
  • A ./play.config.js file which helps you configure webpack easily using vbuild

The only thing you really need to worry about is ./play/index.js, since you will write scenarios or dynamically load scenarios there.

Writing Scenarios

scenario, a.k.a. story in react-storybook, it's usually an example component for demostrating your real component.

Keeping Scenarios

You can keep scenarios anywhere you want, by default keep them all at ./play/index.js, you can also use separate files for them, or even name them *.play.js in your component directory and load them dynamically.

Writing Scenarios

import { play } from 'vue-play'
import MyButton from '../src/components/MyButton.vue'

// Use `play` to describe component title
// use .add to add scenario for that component
  .add('with text', h => h(MyButton, ['hello world']))
  .add('with emoji', h => h(MyButton, ['😃🍻']))

Loading Scenarios Dynamically

We can use Webpack's require.context to load modules dynamically.
const load = requireContext => requireContext.keys().map(requireContext)

// load files which end with `.play.js` in `../src/components` folder
load(require.context('../src/components', true, /.play.js$/))

Register Components

If you are using render function you won't need to register components, you only need this when you are using the template property, and it's same way as you do in other Vue app:
// ./play/index.js
import Vue from 'vue'
import MyButton from './MyButton.vue'

// register globally
Vue.component('my-button', MyButton)

  .add('with text', {
    template: '<my-button>text</my-button>'

You can also register components locally.

Use Component as play() argument

import MyButton from './MyButton.vue'

// assuming is 'my-button'
  // MyButton will be automatially registered in scenarios
  // so you don't have to register it again
  .add('with text', '<my-button></my-button>')

// then the app sidebar will look like:
// - my-button
//    - with text

To customize the displayName in sidebar and the componentName which is used to register itself in scenarios, you can simply set them in your component:
<!-- ./MyButton.vue -->
  export default {
    name: 'my-other-button',
    displayName: 'Show off my cute button'

Or use methods:
  .displayName('Show off my cute button')
  .add('with text', '<my-other-button>text</my-other-button>')

Component Shorthand

If you only need template or render property for your component, you can use component shorthand, which means you can directly set the value of scenario to a template string or render function:
import Example from './Example.vue'
  .add('template shorthand', '<my-button>text</my-button>')
  .add('render function shorthand', h => h(MyButton, ['text']))
  .add('full component', {
    data() {},
    methods: {},
    render(h) {}
    // ...
  .add('single file', Example)

note: If you are using template shorthand or template property in component options, you should use Vue standalone build as well. For vue-play-cli, it's as simple as using --standalone option.

Additional Component Properties

The component for each scenario is a typical Vue component, but it can also accept some additional properties for documenting its usage, eg:
  .add('with text', {
    // a valid vue component
    // additional
    // ...


Type: string
The example code of your component.


Type: HTML string
Optionally display a readme tab to show detailed usage.

Component Injection


Log data to app console.


Feel free to add your projects here:


# run example play script
npm run play

# build vue-play
# you don't need this when developing
npm run build