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This package can be used to pre-compile Vue 2.0 templates into render functions to avoid runtime-compilation overhead and CSP restrictions. You will only need it if you are writing build tools with very specific needs. In most cases you should be using vue-loader or vueify instead, both of which use this package internally.


npm install vue-template-compiler
const compiler = require('vue-template-compiler')


compiler.compile(template, [options])

Compiles a template string and returns compiled JavaScript code. The returned result is an object of the following format:

  ast: ?ASTElement, // parsed template elements to AST 
  render: string, // main render function code 
  staticRenderFns: Array<string>, // render code for static sub trees, if any 
  errors: Array<string> // template syntax errors, if any 

Note the returned function code uses with and thus cannot be used in strict mode code.


It's possible to hook into the compilation process to support custom template features. However, beware that by injecting custom compile-time modules, your templates will not work with other build tools built on standard built-in modules, e.g vue-loader and vueify.

The optional options object can contain the following:

  • modules

    An array of compiler modules. For details on compiler modules, refer to the ModuleOptions type in flow declarations and the built-in modules.

  • directives

    An object where the key is the directive name and the value is a function that transforms an template AST node. For example:

    compiler.compile('<div v-test></div>', {
      directives: {
        test (node, directiveMeta) {
          // transform node based on directiveMeta 

    By default, a compile-time directive will extract the directive and the directive will not be present at runtime. If you want the directive to also be handled by a runtime definition, return true in the transform function.

    Refer to the implementation of some built-in compile-time directives.

  • preserveWhitespace

    Defaults to true. This means the compiled render function respects all the whitespaces between HTML tags. If set to false, all whitespaces between tags will be ignored. This can result in slightly better performance but may affect layout for inline elements.


Similar to compiler.compile, but directly returns instantiated functions:

  render: Function,
  staticRenderFns: Array<Function>

This is only useful at runtime with pre-configured builds, so it doesn't accept any compile-time options. In addition, this method uses new Function() so it is not CSP-compliant.

compiler.parseComponent(file, [options])

Parse a SFC (single-file component, or *.vue file) into a descriptor (refer to the SFCDescriptor type in flow declarations). This is used in SFC build tools like vue-loader and vueify.



pad is useful when you are piping the extracted content into other pre-processors, as you will get correct line numbers or character indices if there are any syntax errors.

  • with { pad: "line" }, the extracted content for each block will be prefixed with one newline for each line in the leading content from the original file to ensure that the line numbers align with the original file.
  • with { pad: "space" }, the extracted content for each block will be prefixed with one space for each character in the leading content from the original file to ensure that the character count remains the same as the original file.