Praveen Puglia Web Developer

VueJS + Webpack + SCSS - Quick Tip

The Setup

The Problem

As a project grows, we’ll create many many components at different levels. Say we have a global set of SCSS variables that we might need to reference in our .vue single file components.

Lets say, those variables are located at src/_variables.scss and the file looks like this.


$brand-primary  : #bada55;
$brand-secondary: #666666;

The Basic Solution

Since we are great at relative paths, we would go to say src/components/Hello.vue and import the variables like so.

@import '../scss/variables';

or if we want the variables in src/components/admin/Dashboard.vue we would import it like…

@import '../../scss/variables';

and then we can refer to $brand-primary in our components. That works!

The Better Solution

The problem with the above approach is evident.

  • It’s clumsy.
  • Real world applications have much deeper levels.
  • Bad for maintenance.

We can easily fix this by using Webpack Aliases. What we are essentially doing there is that we are creating a special word for webpack to recognize and resolve that to a path of our choice.

So we go to webpack.base.conf.js and look for alias. We add an entry for our src/scss directory as follows.

alias: {
    '$scss': resolve('src/scss')

Now, we can go back to src/components/Home.vue and change the import statement to

@import '~$scss/variables';

and guess what? The same path works for src/components/admin/Dashboard.vue. No long relative paths anymore.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

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