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Production Deployment

Development vs. Production

During development, Vue provides a number of features to improve the development experience:

However, these features become useless in production. Some of the warning checks can also incur a small amount of performance overhead. When deploying to production, we should drop all the unused, development-only code branches for smaller payload size and better performance.

Without Build Tools

If you are using Vue without a build tool by loading it from a CDN or self-hosted script, make sure to use the production build (dist files that end in .prod.js) when deploying to production. Production builds are pre-minified with all development-only code branches removed.

  • If using global build (accessing via the Vue global): use
  • If using ESM build (accessing via native ESM imports): use

Consult the dist file guide for more details.

With Build Tools

Projects scaffolded via create-vue (based on Vite) or Vue CLI (based on webpack) are pre-configured for production builds.

If using a custom setup, make sure that:

  1. vue resolves to vue.runtime.esm-bundler.js.
  2. The compile time feature flags are properly configured.
  3. process.env.NODE_ENV is replaced with "production" during build.

Additional references:

Tracking Runtime Errors

The app-level error handler can be used to report errors to tracking services:

import { createApp } from 'vue'

const app = createApp(...)

app.config.errorHandler = (err, instance, info) => {
  // report error to tracking services

Services such as Sentry and Bugsnag also provide official integrations for Vue.

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