Storybook for Vue

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You may have tried to use our quick start guide to setup your project for Storybook. If you want to set up Storybook manually, this is the guide for you.

This will also help you understand how Storybook works.

Starter Guide Vue

Storybook has its own Webpack setup and a dev server.
The Webpack setup is very similar to Vue CLI’s, but allows you to configure it however you want.

In this guide, we are trying to set up Storybook for your Vue project.

Table of contents

Add @storybook/vue

First of all, you need to add @storybook/vue to your project. To do that, simply run:

npm i --save-dev @storybook/vue

Add vue, babel-core, and babel-loader

Make sure that you have vue, babel-core, babel-loader in your dependencies as well because we list it as a peerDependency:

npm i --save vue
npm i --save-dev babel-loader vue-loader vue-template-compiler
npm i --save-dev @babel/core babel-preset-vue

Create the NPM script

Add the following NPM script to your package.json in order to start the storybook later in this guide:

  "scripts": {
    "storybook": "start-storybook -p 9001 -c .storybook"

Create the config file

Storybook can be configured in several different ways. That’s why we need a config directory. We’ve added a -c option to the above NPM script mentioning .storybook as the config directory.

There are 3 things you need to tell Storybook to do:

  1. Import and globally register with Vue.component() any global custom components just like you did with your project. (Note: components registered locally will be brought in automatically).
  2. For any required Vue plugins (e.g. vuex), you’ll also need to install these with Vue.use.
  3. Require your stories.

Here’s an example .storybook/config.js to get you started:

import { configure } from '@storybook/vue';

import Vue from 'vue';
import Vuex from 'vuex'; // Vue plugins

// Import your custom components.
import Mybutton from '../src/stories/Button.vue';

// Install Vue plugins.

// Register custom components.
Vue.component('my-button', Mybutton);

function loadStories() {
  // You can require as many stories as you need.

configure(loadStories, module);

This example registered your custom Button.vue component, installed the Vuex plugin, and loaded your Storybook stories defined in ../stories/index.js.

All custom components and Vue plugins should be registered before calling configure().

This stories folder is just an example, you can load stories from wherever you want to. We think stories are best located close to the source files.

Write your stories

Now you can write some stories inside the ../stories/index.js file, like this:

import Vue from 'vue';

import { storiesOf } from '@storybook/vue';

import MyButton from './Button.vue';

storiesOf('MyButton', module)
  .add('story as a template', () => '<my-button :rounded="true">story as a function template</my-button>')
  .add('story as a component', () => ({
    components: { MyButton },
    template: '<my-button :rounded="true">rounded</my-button>'

Each story is a single state of your component. In the above case, there are two stories for the MyButton component:

  1. story as a template
  2. story as a component

Run your Storybook

Now everything is ready. Simply run your storybook with:

npm run storybook

Now you can change components and write stories whenever you need to. You’ll get those changes into Storybook in a snap with the help of Webpack’s HMR API.