Nuxt Static

In this example we will be deploying a simple "Hello World" example with Nuxt static generate

Getting started with Nuxt

  • Let's start by adding a package.json with the following dependencies:
{
    "name": "nuxt-static",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "private": true,
    "scripts": {
        "dev": "nuxt",
        "build": "nuxt build",
        "start": "nuxt start",
        "generate": "nuxt generate",
    },
    "dependencies": {
        "cross-env": "^5.2.0",
        "nuxt": "^2.0.0"
    },
    "devDependencies": {
        "nodemon": "^1.11.0"
    }
}
  • Create a pages folder with an index.vue file with the following code:
<template>
  <section>
    <div>
      <Title/>
      <div class="links">
        <nuxt-link to="/about">About</nuxt-link>
      </div>
    </div>
  </section>
</template>

<script>
import Title from '~/components/Title.vue'

export default {
  components: {
    Title
  }
}
</script>

<style>
.links {
  padding-top: 15px;
}
</style>
  • Now lets create an about.vue file inside the pages folder with the following code:
<template>
  <section>
    <div>
      <Title/>
      <div class="links">
        <nuxt-link to="/">Go to home</nuxt-link>
      </div>
    </div>
  </section>
</template>

<script>
import Title from '~/components/Title.vue'

export default {
  components: {
    Title
  }
}
</script>

<style>
.links {
  padding-top: 15px;
}
</style>
  • As you might noticed we have a component that is share by both index.vue and about.vue files, lets create that one now. Create a folder named components with a file named Title.vue on it and add the following code:
<template>
  <h1>Static Nuxt Example on Now 2.0</h1>
</template>

<style>
h1 {
  font-size: 48px;
}
</style>
  • Finally in order for Nuxt to be deployed staticaly we will use the package.json and define our build options for Nuxt creating a nuxt.config.js with the following code:
const pkg = require('./package')

module.exports = {
  mode: 'spa',
  head: {
    title: pkg.name,
    meta: [
      { charset: 'utf-8' },
      { name: 'viewport', content: 'width=device-width, initial-scale=1' },
      { hid: 'description', name: 'description', content: pkg.description }
    ],
    link: [
      { rel: 'icon', type: 'image/x-icon', href: '/favicon.ico' }
    ]
  },
  loading: { color: '#fff' }
}

Deploy a Static version to Now

First we need to create a now.json configuration file to instruct Now how to build the project.

For this example we will be using our newest version Now 2.0.

By adding the version key to the now.json file, we can specify which Now Platform version to use.

We also need to define each builders we would like to use. Builders are modules that take a deployment's source and return an output, consisting of either static files or dynamic Lambdas.

In this case we are going to use @now/static-build to build and deploy our Nuxt application selecting the package.json as our entry point. We will also define a name for our project (optional).

{
    "version": 2,
    "name": "nuxt-static",
    "builds": [
        { "src": "package.json", "use": "@now/static-build" }
    ]
}

Visit our documentation for more information on the now.json configuration file.

We also need to include a script in package.json named "now-build" that specifies what command Now will run on the server to "build" your application. Also notice that we are using nuxt generate that will create a folder called dist which Now identifies as the static folder.

{
    "scripts": {
        ...
        "now-build": "nuxt generate"
    }
}

We are now ready to deploy the app.

$ now