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Deploying Vue.js to Azure Static Website

We've been putting together the content for the workshop Jason and I will run at NDC London in January and part of the story is the deployment and why not using something brand new which is the Azure Static Websites? So let's give it a go.

Creating brand new Vue.js app

I'm going to use the Vue Cli in my example. So it's as simple as going to the command line and typing vue create myvueapp. From here you can choose what sort of features you want, in my case I've got a preset with vue-router, vuex, babel and eslint, but the feature I want to highlight in this post is the router, so make sure you enable this one.

vue-create

Once the app is created, I can start it with this command npm run serve and I've got my app running locally. Too easy!!!
running-locally

Creating static website in Azure

Okay, let's leave the app as is for now and let's jump into the Azure portal and create our first static website.

  1. First we're going to create a storage account. "Hold on!!! I thought we were creating a website". Calm down! We'll get there.

createing-storage

  1. Make sure you select the StorageV2. The Static Website feature is still in preview and it's only available on this storage account type.

selecting-v2

  1. Now it's time to enable the static website feature. The cool thing about this feature is that it also has an error document path which we will also point to index.html and let Vue handle any routing issue. Take note of the primary endpoint here as it's going to be your initial url.

enabling-static-website

Building and deploying our Vue.js app manually

Again we're going to use the Vue Cli and also the Storage Explorer

  1. Let's first build it with the command npm run build, after running it, you'll see a dist folder inside your app folder

dist-folder

  1. We're going to copy the content of the dist folder to the $web folder in your storage account using the Storage Explorer. You can basically drag-and-drop if you want.

paste-content-to-web-folder

  1. Let's test it out and go to the URL we've copied previously. Hooray!! You can test the routing and see that everything is working perfectly.
    vue-running-in-azure

Building and deploying automatically with Azure DevOps

To do a quick and dirty test, building and deploying your application manually is fine, but it's really not maintainable for a real app. So let's configure a quick CI/CD for it.

I'll assume your source code is either in a git repository on Azure DevOps or somewhere accessible. In my case, I'm going to use a git repository within Azure DevOps.

  1. Creating a new pipeline
    build-1

  2. Selecting the repository
    build-2

  3. We'll start with an empty job in this case
    build-3

  4. We're going to create 2 npm steps, the first one is a normal npm install
    build-4

  5. The second one is going to use the custom with build parameter
    build-5

  6. We should use separate CI and CD pipelines, but just for sake of simplicity, I'm just going to add the step to do the deployment here in the CI pipeline. We're going to search for the Azure File Copy step
    build-6

  7. A very important thing to mention here is to use the version 2.* (preview), otherwise it's going to fail when trying to copy to the $web folder.
    build-7-1

  8. Time to save & queue
    build-8

And voila! Your app is now being built and deployed automatically.

Hope it helps!

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Thiago Passos

Thiago Passos

I'm Thiago Passos, a Solution Architect working for SSW sharing what I've been working with and learning. Love technology, dancing and I get unfriendly when I'm hungry.

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