Storybook for Vue

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Vue.js devtools but not yet available!

See workarounds…
  • In Firefox:

    1. Open the story you wish to inspect.
    2. Right-click anywhere in the story and select This Frame → Open Frame in New Tab. devtools should now work correctly in the new tab.
  • In Chromium / Chrome:

    1. Open the story you wish to inspect.
    2. Right-click anywhere in the story and select View frame source which will open in a new tab. E.g., view-source:http://localhost:6006/iframe.html?id=components-fancybutton--button&viewMode=story.
    3. Remove the view-source: scheme from the URL in the address bar to load just the frame. devtools should now work correctly.
  • Launch the standalone Vue.js devtools app via npx -p @vue/devtools vue-devtools and add (or create) <script src="//localhost:8098"></script> to .storybook/preview-head.html. Now run Storybook and devtools should connect.

Automatic setup

You may have tried to use our quick start guide to setup your project for Storybook. If it failed because it couldn’t detect you’re using vue, you could try forcing it to use vue:

npx -p @storybook/cli sb init --type vue

Manual setup

If you want to set up Storybook manually for your Vue project, this is the guide for you.

Step 1: Add dependencies

Add @storybook/vue

Add @storybook/vue to your project. To do that, run:

npm install @storybook/vue --save-dev

Add peer dependencies

Make sure that you have vue, vue-loader, vue-template-compiler, @babel/core, babel-loader and babel-preset-vue in your dependencies as well, because we list these as a peer dependencies:

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

Step 2: Add an npm script

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

"scripts": {
  "storybook": "start-storybook"

Step 3: Create the main file

For a basic Storybook configuration, the only thing you need to do is tell Storybook where to find stories.

To do that, create a file at .storybook/main.js with the following content:

module.exports = {
stories: ['../src/**/*.stories.[tj]s'],

That will load all the stories underneath your ../src directory that match the pattern *.stories.js. We recommend co-locating your stories with your source files, but you can place them wherever you choose.

You might be using global components or vue plugins such as vuex, in that case you’ll need to register them in this preview.js file.

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

import Vue from 'vue';

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

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

// Install Vue plugins.

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

configure(require.context('../src', true, /\.stories\.js$/), module);

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

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

Step 4: Write your stories

Now create a ../src/index.stories.js file, and write your first story like this:

import Vue from 'vue';
import MyButton from './Button.vue';

export default { title: 'Button' };

export const withText = () => '<my-button>with text</my-button>';

export const withEmoji = () => '<my-button>😀 😎 👍 💯</my-button>';

export const asAComponent = () => ({
  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 three stories for the demo button component:

├── With Text
├── With Emoji
└── As A Component

If your story is returning a plain template you can only use globally registered components.

To register them, use Vue.component('my-button', Mybutton) in your preview.js file.


If your story returns a plain string like below, you will need to register globally each VueJs component that it uses.

export const withText = () => '<my-component>with text</my-component>';

In big solutions, globally registered components can conflict with each other.

Here are two other ways to use components in your stories without globally registering them.

  • register components locally in the “components” member of the vue component object. See the story “as a component” above.
  • use a JSX render function like below. No need to register anything.
export const withText = () => ({
render: h => <my-component>with text</my-component>

Finally: Run your Storybook

Now everything is ready. Run your storybook with:

npm run storybook

Storybook should start, on a random open port in dev-mode.

Now you can develop your components and write stories and see the changes in Storybook immediately since it uses Webpack’s hot module reloading.