SPA with Vue.js 3 and Kirby. Uses Vite as web dev build tool

SPA with Vue.js 3 and Kirby. Uses Vite as web dev build tool

Kirby + Vue.js 3 Starterkit .SPA with Vue.js 3 and Kirby. Uses Vite as web dev build tool.

Kirby + Vue.js 3 Starterkit

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Kirby + Vue.js 3 Starterkit

Key Features

  • πŸ–– Vue.js 3 powered
  • ⚑️ Vite instead of Vue.js CLI
  • β™Ώ Accessible routing
  • πŸ” SEO-friendly (server-side generated meta tags)
  • 🚝 Offline-first: Page data caching & offline redirection
  • πŸ—ƒοΈ Centralized state management without Vuex
  • 🀝 Shared .env file for frontend & backend
  • πŸš€ Modern Kirby folder setup


This project is a starting point for Vue.js v3 as the frontend UI library and Kirby as headless CMS. The content is provided as JSON through Kirby and fetched by the frontend.

It's a simple, zero-setup, almost identical port of the Kirby 3 starterkit frontend (snippets, templates and their corresponding JS/CSS) to Vue.js single file components. By "almost" meaning that some features have been added like meta tags generation, environment variables support, accessible routing etc.

To compile the frontend sources, Vite comes to use. Vite is an opinionated web development build tool, created by Evan You. It serves code via native ES Module imports during development, allowing you to develop Vue.js single file components without a bundle step, and bundles it with Rollup for production. Features include:

Folder Structure

Some notes about the folder structure with some additional comments on important files.

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|   # Includes all frontend-related files
β”œβ”€β”€ frontend/
|   |
|   |   # Vue.js sources
|   β”œβ”€β”€ src/
|   |   |
|   |   |   # `Header`, `Footer`, `Intro` and more components
|   |   |   # (Vue.js components correspond to Kirby snippets)
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ components/
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Commonly used helpers
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ helpers/
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Hooks for common actions
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ hooks/
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Hook to announce any useful information for screen readers
|   |   |   β”œβ”€β”€ useAnnouncer.js
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Hook for retrieving pages from the Kirby API as JSON
|   |   |   β”œβ”€β”€ useKirbyApi.js
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Returns page for current path corresponding to Kirby's `$page` object
|   |   |   β”œβ”€β”€ usePage.js
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Hook for various service worker methods like registering
|   |   |   β”œβ”€β”€ useServiceWorker.js
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Returns object corresponding to Kirby's global `$site`
|   |   |   └── useSite.js
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Vue Router related methods and exports
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ router/
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Initializes and exports the router instance
|   |   |   β”œβ”€β”€ index.js
|   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   # Handles the router's scroll behaviour
|   |   |   └── scrollBehaviour.js
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Minimal store to cache page data fetched via api (Vuex-free)
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ store/
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Vue.js views correspond to Kirby templates
|   |   |   # Routes are being automatically resolved 
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ views/
|   |   |
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ App.vue
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ main.js
|   |   └── serviceWorker.js
|   |
|   |   # Index page used by Vite in development environment
|   └── index.html
|   # The main entry point of the website
|   # Therefore web servers can only access files based in that directory
β”œβ”€β”€ public/
|   |
|   |   # JavaScript and CSS assets generated by Vite (not tracked)
|   β”œβ”€β”€ assets/
|   |
|   |   # Static images for web manifest and PWA icons
|   β”œβ”€β”€ img/
|   |
|   |   # Kirby's media folder for thumbnails and more (contents not tracked)
|   └── media/
|   # Various development-centric Node scripts
β”œβ”€β”€ scripts/
|   |
|   |   # Service worker generator
|   β”œβ”€β”€ buildSw.js
|   |
|   |   # Starts a PHP server for Kirby, run by `npm run kirby:serve` from root
|   β”œβ”€β”€ serveKirby.js
|   |
|   |   # Builds the location from a given api path
|   └── useApiLocation.js
|   # Kirby's core folder containing templates, blueprints, snippets etc. for Kirby
β”œβ”€β”€ site/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ blueprints/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ config/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ models/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ plugins/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ snippets/
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Other files
|   |   β”œβ”€β”€ [...]
|   |   |
|   |   |   # Index page used by Kirby in production environment
|   |   |   # Except for asset loading identical to `frontend/index.html`
|   |   └── index.php
|   |
|   |   # Templates for JSON content representations fetched by frontend
|   └── templates/
|   # Contains everything content and user data related (contents of each directory are not tracked)
β”œβ”€β”€ storage/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ accounts/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ cache/
|   β”œβ”€β”€ content/
|   └── sessions/
|   # Kirby CMS and other PHP dependencies handled by Composer
β”œβ”€β”€ vendor/
|   # Shared environment variables accessible from both Kirby and Vue.js
|   # To be duplicated as `.env`
β”œβ”€β”€ .env.example
|   # Handles PHP dependencies
β”œβ”€β”€ composer.json
|   # Handles NPM dependencies
β”œβ”€β”€ package.json
|   # Router for the PHP built-in development server (used by `serveKirby.js`)
β”œβ”€β”€ server.php
|   # Configuration file for Vite
└── vite.config.js

Caching & Offline Capability

Even without a service worker installed, the frontend will store pages between indiviual routes/views (in-memory store). When you reload the tab, the data for each page is freshly fetched from the API once again.

For offline capability of your Vue app, you can choose to activate the included service worker.

A visual explanation of both methods can be found in the following flow chart:

Caching for Kirby and Vue 3 starterkit

Service Worker

The service worker precaches all CSS & JS assets required by the Vue app and caches the data of every requested page. All assets are versioned and served from the service worker cache directly.

Each JSON request will be freshly fetched from the network and saved to the cache. If the user's navigator turns out to be offline, the cached page request will be returned.


  • Node.js with npm (only required to build the frontend)

  • PHP 7.4+

    Kirby is not a free software. You can try it for free on your local machine but in order to run Kirby on a public server you must purchase a valid license.


  1. Duplicate the .env.example as .env and optionally adapt its values:
cp .env.example .env
  1. Install npm dependencies:
npm install

Note: Composer dependencies are tracked in this repository by default. Running composer install isn't necessary.


Serve backend & frontend for development

# Runs `npm run kirby:serve` and `npm run dev` in parallel
npm run start

Out of the box the backend is automatically served while developing. npm run kirby:serve spawns the PHP built-in web server by Node. You can also serve the backend by a web server of your choice. If done so, please specify hostname and port in your .env if they differ from localhostand 8080 respectively so that the decoupled frontend can call the Kirby API for JSON content in development.

Compile for production

Build the frontend assets (CSS & JS files) to public/assets:

npm run build

Note: If you wish to target older browsers, run npm run build:compat which transpiles to es2017. For even older browsers, you can change the target in the package.json's npm script.


All development and production related configurations for both backend and frontend code are located in your .env file:

  • KIRBY_SERVER_HOSTNAME and KIRBY_SERVER_PORT specify the address where you wish the Kirby backend to be served from. It is used by the frontend to fetch content data as JSON.
  • Keys starting with VITE_ are available in your code following the import.meta.env.VITE_CUSTOM_VARIABLE syntax.

To enable the service worker which precaches essential assets and page API calls for offline capability, set:

  • VITE_ENABLE_SW to true


  1. Deploy whole repository on your server.
  2. Duplicate .env.example as .env.
  3. Install npm dependencies and build frontend assets: npm i && npm run build.
  4. Change variables in your .env:
    • KIRBY_DEBUG to false
    • KIRBY_CACHE to true (recommended)
    • VITE_ENABLE_SW to true (recommended)
  5. Point your web server to the public folder.
  6. Some hosting environments require to uncomment RewriteBase / in .htaccess to make site links work.

Now your project is hopefully up 'n' running!


Download Details:

Author: johannschopplich


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