Linting Vue.js Components with eslint-plugin-vue

Published on December 18, 2017
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By Joshua Bemenderfer

Linting Vue.js Components with eslint-plugin-vue

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Linting has always been a bit of a pain point for Vue. Because of the single-file-component model, a linter trying to lint the script portion has to first be able to get through the HTML syntax around it. Linting the HTML structure and styles was largely ignored, as well, until now. Enter eslint-plugin-vue, the official linting plugin for Vue components. Previously, it was possible to lint scripts with Eslint by using eslint-plugin-html and a number of dirty hacks, but now it’s possible to lint Vue files properly. Structure and all. Let’s take a look at how to get that done.


First off, install eslint and of eslint-plugin-vue.

# Yarn
$ yarn add eslint eslint-plugin-vue --save-dev
$ npm install eslint eslint-plugin-vue --save-dev


Now, update (or create) your .eslintrc.json file. Make sure you extend one of the available linting levels for eslint-plugin-vue.

The available levels are:

  • plugin:vue/base - Just the basic rules to make the parsing work. Doesn’t lint anything yet.
  • plugin:vue/essential - The above, plus rules that exist solely to prevent errors or unexpected behavior in Vue.
  • plugin:vue/strongly-recommended - The above, plus rules that are generally considered best practice.
  • plugin:vue/recommended - The above, plus a few often-suggested style rules.
  "extends": [

Many of the issues detected by those rules can be automatically fixed with eslint’s --fix option.

Editor Configuration

Now, if you open up a Vue file in your editor with some sort of eslint integration you might see… nothing. That’s because you need to associate the vue file type with the linter. This wasn’t previously a problem when using Vue files like HTML, as most integrations already supported HTML files.

Here’s how you’d fix the issue with Atom and VSCode. We’re still waiting on support in Sublime Text 3. Track this PR: https://github.com/roadhump/SublimeLinter-eslint/pull/169

For Atom + linter-eslint:

Go into Settings -> Packages -> linter-eslint and add text.html.vue to the “List of scopes to run eslint on” option. You may need to restart Atom.

Needed config changes to make Atom play nice with eslint-plugin-vue.


eslint-plugin-vue integrated with Atom

For VSCode + Eslint:

Open your User Settings file and add

"eslint.validate": [
        "language": "vue",
        "autoFix": true

Needed config changes to make VSCode play nice with eslint-plugin-vue.

If you’ve already modified the eslint.validate property, just add the last item of the list above to it.


eslint-plugin-vue integrated with VSCode.

Now eslint should now run as expected and produce nice little warnings and errors to all of your Vue components. Hooray!

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