🚀 Using Vite with Inertia — Laravel, Vue & Tailwind

Kodeas
3 min readJun 27, 2021

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We’ve been using Laravel-Mix for years and it’s been doing pretty good. However, recently we decided to build a project using Inertia.js (which was an awesome decision).

As the project started to grow, the development became a pain to wait for the webpack compiling.

VILT 🤝 VITE

Then, we decided to give Vite (from Vue’s creator Evan You) and the results were… ASTONISHING!

I’ve been seeing Vite around in Twitter, but to be honest with you, I was not expecting THIS MUCH OF SPEED! 🚀

Laravel-Mix was getting too so slow.

Benchmark Test on Hot Reloading (with 16" MBP 64gb ram, 2.4 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9)

|    Compilation     | Laravel Mix | Vite  |
|--------------------|-------------|-------|
| Initial Compile | 13257ms | 636ms |
| Change Reflection | 5848ms | 224ms |

Tha’s like ‘20x for initial compilation’ and ‘25x when code change’ 😲

We are fascinated by results, so let me tell you how to set it up, so you can try it out too.

Migrating To Vite

  • First, you’ll need to install Vite: npm install vite
  • Then, install Tailwind
npm i tailwindcss postcss autoprefixer -D
  • Create “vite.config.js” and “postcss.config.js” in your project base
Mostly taken from Sebastian De Deyne — https://sebastiandedeyne.com/vite-with-laravel/

For the sake of completeness, here is Tailwind config (JIT is amazing as well!)

And finally, you need to configure your app.js for Vite to work with Inertia.js. (The production compiling part kept me in the dark for a few hours)

Few things to keep in mind are:

  • You can’t use require(“file”) syntax, so you always need to use import * from file.js
  • You need to specify file extensions when importing Vue components, like “import FormInput from “@/Shared/Form/FormInput.vue”
  • “app.js” is the only point of entry for your app, so you need to import your app.css file in your app.js.

…and your front-end is ready 🎉

Setting up Laravel and package.json scripts

I wanted to run “hot reloading” as well as “production” environment interchangeably in my local, so I came up with the below solution. (If you figure out a better way, I’d be happy to hear)

Vite in ‘dev mode’ creates a local server in https://localhost:3000 (which can be configured in vite.config.js) whereas in ‘production mode’, it creates files in ‘public/dist’.

  • Edit your ‘package.json’ file accordingly:

npm run vite is hot reloading itself and npm run dev is just for alias. The “pre” hooks are used to create a file in public directory so that the backend can figure out which mode is running.

Finally, you need to create a helper to resolve the path in your blade — just like Laravel Mix’s {{ mix('/js/app.js') }} helper.

You can create this php file in ‘app/Helpers/vite.php’ (or anywhere you like)

Mostly taken from Sebastian De Deyne — https://sebastiandedeyne.com/vite-with-laravel/

And include it to your ‘composer.json’

"autoload": {
"psr-4": {...},
"files": [
"app/Helpers/vite.php"
]
},

[make sure to run:composer dump-autoload]

And finally add it to your master.blade.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<!-- Stuff -->
{{ vite_assets() }}
<!-- More Stuff -->
</head>

🏁 You are all set. Enjoy the super-speed compiling times 🚀

I believe this will change your development experience as drastic as it did to me! 🚀

I’m really curious about your compiling speeds, please leave a comment. 💬

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Kodeas

Laravel & Vue Enthusiast