Running VueJS Hello World Application using parcelJs

In my previous article Learned how to install parcel and Hello world example.

In this tutorial, we will walk through the Hello World VueJs application using the Parcel module bundler. parcelJS is a web application module bunder with zero configuration and the best in performance. A lot of VueJS applications use either plain NPM commands or webpack as module bunder to run and test it

VueJS is an open-source framework for building UI applications.


Nodejs framework is needed to install it. Nodejs comes with node and npm commands.

First, create an empty project using mkdir vuejsdemo. An empty Directory was created.

The next step is to create package.json in an empty directory using the npm command

npm init-i`

package.json file created in a project. package.json file contains initial project configuration details as below

  "name": "vueJsDemo",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
  "keywords": [],
  "author": "",
  "license": "ISC"

Install Vuejs Library

npm install --save vue

It installs vue dependency in the local project node_modules folder and will add a dependency in package.json.

Please see the below screenshot for more information.

vuejs parceljs setup examples

Install parceljs npm dependency

npm install --save-dev parcel-bundler

This installs parcel-bundler dependency in your project and adds it as a dev dependency in package.json. Using yarn package manager if you are using yarn command without npm, use the below commands

yarn add vue
yarn add --save-dev parcel-bundler

The next step is to create the required project files. files are index.html, App.vue, and entry javascript files Index.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta name="Generator" content="EditPlus®" />
    <meta name="Author" content="" />
    <meta name="Keywords" content="" />
    <meta name="Description" content="" />
    <title>ParelJS Vue Hello worldApplication</title>
    <div id="mainApp"></div>
    <!-- Parcel will rewrite this path on the build. -->
    <script src="./src/main.js"></script>

Next, create an App.vue file.

  <div id="mainApp">
{{ msg }}</h4>
<br />export default {<br />  name: 'mainApp',<br />  data () {<br />    return {<br />      msg: 'Parcel Hello World Application'<br />    }<br />  }<br />}<br />

Create an entry file Main.js which is the starting point of execution in the Vuejs application

import Vue from "vue";
import App from "./App.vue";
new Vue({
  el: "#MainApp",
  render: (h) => h(App),

The next step is to add the below entries in package.json

import Vue from 'vue';
  "scripts": {
  "dev": "parcel index.html",
  "build": "parcel build"

Running Vuejs Project using ParelJS

We generated basic application files. Now we are ready to run the app using the npm run dev project with Live reloading support. The server started in localhost:1234. open localhost:1234 URL in browser npm run dev command is a for starting development server. npm run prod command is to build code for a production server. Please see the below screenshot to access the Hello World application.

VueJs app with ParcelJS

Parcel EsLint tool support

the parcel has support for this tool. Please install npm install eslint and configure in the project.

Example .eslintrc

Module.exports = {
  extends: [
    // add more generic rulesets here, such as:
  rules: {
    // override/add rules settings here, such as:
    // 'vue/no-unused-vars': 'error'

ParcelJS assets transform

the parcel has inbuilt support for different assets like javascript/CSS and HTML

Use babel transpiler for javascript assets, PostCSS for CSS, and postHtml for HTML changes.

To integrate this asset, Create a file .babelrc and .postcssrc and .eslintrc.js for eslint functionality

create .babelrc, .postcssrc, and posthtmlrc files as below

.babelrc example
"presets": [
.postcssrc example

"modules": true,
"plugins": {
"autoprefixer": {
"grid": true
.posthtmlrc example

"plugins": {
"posthtml-img-autosize": {
"root": "./images"

Typescript support for vuejs using parcel

Please install typescript using the npm install -g typescript command, next step is to create a typescript file and integrate it.