Vite in Addons

How to use Vite in your addon.


We recommend using Vite to manage your addon’s asset build process. To use Vite, you’ll need the following files inside your addon.



Here’s package.json, which contains the commands you’ll need to run, and the dependencies needed to run Vite.

  • The laravel-vite-plugin package allows a simpler wrapper around common Vite options, and provides hot reloading.
  • The @vitejs/plugin-vue2 package allows you to use Vue v2 in your code. Vue v2 is used because that’s the version used in the Control Panel. If you aren’t adding Vue components to the CP you can leave this out.
"private": true,
"scripts": {
"dev": "vite",
"build": "vite build"
"devDependencies": {
"@vitejs/plugin-vue2": "^2.2.0",
"laravel-vite-plugin": "^0.7.2",
"vite": "^4.0.0"


Here’s vite.config.js, which configures Vite itself.

  • The Laravel Vite plugin defaults to the public directory to place the compiled code because it’s intended to be used in your app. We’ve changed it to resources/dist as we think it’s a nicer convention when using in an addon. Of course, you may customize it. Whichever directory you choose, you’ll need to make sure it exists.
  • If you aren’t using Vue components in the CP, you may omit the vue plugin and its import.
import { defineConfig } from 'vite';
import laravel from 'laravel-vite-plugin';
import vue from '@vitejs/plugin-vue2';
export default defineConfig({
plugins: [
input: [
publicDirectory: 'resources/dist',

Service Provider

Here’s ServiceProvider.php, which is the PHP entry point to your addon. You should add a $vite property which mirrors the paths in your vite.config.js file.

class ServiceProvider extends AddonServiceProvider
protected $vite = [
'input' => [
'publicDirectory' => 'resources/dist',
Hot Tip!

If you use the php please make:fieldtype command, these files will be created automatically for you.

Tailwind CSS

If you want to use Tailwind CSS in your addon’s views, you’ll need to install & configure Tailwind to scan your addon’s files.

  1. First, install tailwindcss and postcss:

    npm install tailwindcss postcss
  2. Create a postcss.config.js file in the root of your addon:

    module.exports = {
    plugins: {
    tailwindcss: {}
  3. Create a tailwind.config.js file. In the content array, add the paths you’d like Tailwind to scan for classes:

    module.exports = {
    content: [
  4. Finally, in your addon’s CSS file, include Tailwind’s utility classes:

    @import "tailwindcss/utilities";

    You don’t need to add @tailwind base; or @tailwind components; since they’re included in Statamic’s CSS file.


If you visit the Control Panel before running any commands, you will be greeted with a Vite manifest not found error. You’ll need to install dependencies (the first time only) and start the development server.

npm install
npm run dev

Now that the Vite server is running, the error in the Statamic CP should be gone once you refresh.

With the development server running, hot reloading should be working. When you save a CSS or JS file, it should be reflected in the browser without you needing to manually refresh.

Hot Tip!

If you’re using Valet with a secured site, your JS might not be loading correctly due to access control checks. You’ll need Vite know about your Laravel site in vite.config.js.

export default defineConfig({
plugins: [
valetTls: 'yoursite.test',
input: [


When you’re ready to deploy your addon, either to your own application or getting it ready to go into the marketplace, you should compile the production assets.

Make sure that the Vite dev server is not running, then run:

npm run build

The files will be compiled into resources/dist.

If you’d like to test that everything is working you can run php artisan vendor:publish in your app and choose your addon’s tag. The compiled assets should be copied into public/vendor/your-addon and they should be loaded in the Control Panel.

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