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    NativeScript Vue Router

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    NativeScript Vue Router brings easier routing handling to mobile apps, with an API compatibility with web version of Vue Router.

    Please file an issue or make a PR if you spot any problems or you have any further requests regarding the functionality.

    Table of Contents


    • Same hooks and guards for mobile and web
    • Additional action dispatcher to dispatch actions to store automatically when changing routes
    • Vue-Router 4 API compatibility
    • NativeScript-Vue compatible
    • TypeScript Support out of the box

    Prerequisites / Requirements

    Nativescript 7.1+ is required for the plugin to run properly. It might be working on previous NS6 although the plugin is no longer officially supported for NativeScript 6.


    ns plugin add nativescript-vue-router-extended
    npm install nativescript-vue-router-extended
    yarn add nativescript-vue-router-extended


    Usage & Examples

    To use this plugin you need to import it and initialize the router using createRouter() function. Global and per component Vue-Router hooks and guards are supported.

    import Vue from "nativescript-vue";
    import { createRouter } from "nativescript-vue-router-extended";
    // Initialize Example Routes
    import moviesPage from "./pages/movies.vue";
    const routes = [
        path: "/movies",
        component: moviesPage,
        // Optional
        meta: {
          isVertical: true,
          // Example actions to dispatch automatically when page is visited
          // Remember that you need to implement actions in your Vuex store
          store: {
            // Call action to hide navigation buttons
            showNavigationButtons: false,
            // Call "showMovies" action in "categories" module with payload "all"
            "categories/showMovies": "all",
            // Call action without payload
            showNavigationButtons: null,
        // Optional, per route guards are supported
        // More info:
        beforeEnter: (to, from) => {
          if (to.props.passUser) {
             // Continue navigation
             return true;
          // Reject the navigation
          return false;
    // Initialize Router
    // Vue-Router settings are in 1st argument. 2nd one is used for extra NativeScript related settings
    const router = createRouter(
      { routes },
        // Optional settings below
        // Set first page to redirect to when there's no page to redirect back to
        routeBackFallbackPath: "/movies",
        // Do something straight before navigation or adjust NS routing settings
        routeToCallback: (to, options) => {
          // For example, change page navigation transition for the vertical on iOS
          if (to.meta.isVertical) {
            options.transition = {
              name: "fade",
        // Do something straight before navigation or adjust NS routing settings
        routeBackCallback: (_to, options) => {
          // Do something...
        // Set Vue Instance (Vue.prototype by default)
        vm: Vue.prototype,
        // Set a custom logger (console.log by default)
        logger: console.log,
        // Set custom frame, by default it's taken from @nativescript/core/ui/frame
        frame: Frame,
    // Register a global guard (optional)
    // You can also use global router.beforeResolve guard and router.afterEach hook
    router.beforeEach((to) => {
      // For example, verify per route access rules
      if (!canAccessRoute(to)) {
        return false;
      return true;
    // From now on you can access this.$router, this.$routeBack and special this.$routeTo inside of the components, example:
    this.$routeTo("/movies", {
      // Clear History is a NativeScript setting
      clearHistory: true,
      // Route inside of custom Frame
      frame: "myFrameId",
      // Pass props to the page
      props: {
        movieId: 12,

    New hooks for pages

    You can use hooks directly on particular pages. It is discouraged to use them inside of mixins or components for the time being. Example below:

    export default {
        name: 'movies',
        beforeRouteEnter(to, from, next) {
            // Do something before to enter to the route
            next((vm) => {
                // Do something once navigation is done
                // Instead of `this`, use `vm`
        beforeRouteLeave() {
            // Do something before to leave the route
            // You can use `this` inside of this hook
        beforeRouteUpdate() {
            // Do something before to leave the route
            // before redirecting to another route with same path
            // You can use `this` inside of this hook
        mounted() {
           // Output current route object with name, path etc.
    NS Event Mapped as Description
    navigatingFrom beforeRouteLeave Before user leaves the route
    navigatingTo beforeRouteEnter Before user enters a route
    - beforeRouteUpdate Before route is changed but view remains the same. This can happen when path is exactly the same but you change e.g. passed prop to the route. Please refer to Vue-Router docs for more details.
    navigatedTo beforeRouteEnter To trigger it properly you need to access component instance. You can use next(vm => ...) callback within beforeRouteEnter(). Please check Vue-Router docs for more details.
    navigatedFrom - This event is tricky to control for developers. There is no exact mapping of it in the router. For store state cleanup use build-in meta dispatcher instead. For component state you could opt for using beforeRouteLeave().

    TypeScript Support

    If you need a TS support and it's not detected automatically in your project for some reason, you can use typings/shims.vue.d.ts to bring proper support in .vue files. You can specify it in your shims.vue.d.ts file (attention! Please ensure that path is relative to your node_modules directory):

    /// <reference path="./node_modules/nativescript-vue-router-extended/typings/shims-vue.d.ts" />

    API Differences to Web

    Vue Router compatibility

    This plugin aims for compatibility with Vue Router 3+ and Vue Router 4+. Both should be easily supported. Please refer to Vue Router Docs for more information.

    DOM & related hooks

    There are some limitations like lack of DOM accessibility and related hooks and guards.

    RouterLink Component

    There's a lack of component due to performance reasons.

    Passing props to pages

    All props are passed automatically to components. Therefore you don't need to use props: true in your routes list.

    Meta Dispatcher

    An additional option that allows you to dispatch actions to Vuex store directly from routes list using object. To utilize it you may need to define Vue.prototype.$store = store; after to register your Vue store.


    Apache License Version 2.0, January 2004


    Please file an issue. You can use the template but it is not required. Just simply write what is your issue so we can try to reproduce and fix it.


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