Easy steps to deploy your next VueJS app using NGINX

Easy and step by step guide to deploy your Vue.JS app on Linux using NGINX.

Easy steps to deploy your next VueJS app using NGINX

There are many free and paid tools out there to deploy your Vue.JS apps such as Netlify, Github Pages, Amazon S3, Vercel, Heroku, Surge, and many more. I personally love Netlify.

What's the need?

But there can be need when you want to deploy it into your own Linux based server. (I chose Ubuntu 18 for this post.) Maybe its an app internal to the organization. Maybe its a beta version, you don't want to make it public. Or Simply, you may just want to try it out. Let's start.

Step 0: SSH to your server

To perform further steps you need to SSH to your server.

ssh -i "your-key.pem" mohit@appsyoda.com

In the above example, a. "your-key.pem" is your private key for securely accessing the server from your terminal. b. mohit is the username on the server c. appsyoda.com is a domain name that points to the server. (In your case it can be your IP address)

Step 1: Build your Vue app

Next, you need to pull your app code to the server in some directory. Let's say it is /var/www/myapp. Now you need to build your app. Make sure you install all the dependencies before you build it.

# For NPM
npm i
npm run build

If you have not changed any defaults, the app build will be in /var/www/myapp/dist directory.

Step 2: Install NGINX

Once your app build is ready now you need to install NGINX.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

If you are using a firewall like ufw, then you need to allow NGINX using the following command

sudo ufw allow 'Nginx HTTP'

Verify if it has been allowed by ufw using the following command

sudo ufw status

You might see something like this

Status: active

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
OpenSSH                    ALLOW       Anywhere                  
Nginx HTTP                 ALLOW       Anywhere                  
OpenSSH (v6)               ALLOW       Anywhere (v6)             
Nginx HTTP (v6)            ALLOW       Anywhere (v6)

Step 3: Start NGINX

Now you need to run the NGINX server. You can check status using

systemctl status nginx

To run NGINX,

sudo systemctl start nginx

Step 4: NGINX Configuration

The next step is to write the NGINX configuration file for your app.

Let's say you want to host your app on example.com. First, you need to make sure you have an A record added in the DNS records of your domain.

Now create the conf file using

touch /etc/nginx/sites-available/example.com

Open this file using your favorite editor. (Mine is nano)

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/example.com

Enter the following contents

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name example.com www.example.com;    
    charset utf-8;
    root    /var/www/myapp/dist;
    index   index.html;
    #Always serve index.html for any request
    location / {
        root /var/www/myapp/dist;
        try_files $uri  /index.html;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/vue-app-error.log;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/vue-app-access.log;

Save and exit the file.


You can skip this if you are in hurry. listen directive tells that this app listens using HTTP(i.e. Port 80). server_name tells which are the URLs that will point to this app. root tells the director where the Vue build is present. (Remember earlier steps) index first file to be served, when a user opens http://www.example.com/ in the browser location / tells that this app is hosted at the root of domain i.e example.com, not some sub-directory like example.com/blog The last couple of lines tell the error log-file and access log-file for this app. These are the files which you need to check if you want to debug any NGINX related error to access your app.

Step 5: Reload NGINX and test

Verify if the changes are correct

Tip: Each time you make any change to your NGINX config. You must check whether the syntax of the changes are correct or not, using sudo nginx -t. Don't miss out sudo here.

If everything goes well, NGINX will give the following response.

NGINX Success Config

Reload the NGINX

Reload the NGINX using the following command

sudo systemctl restart nginx

That's it 😊

Open your browser and check your awesome Vue.js app.


In this post, I discussed deploying a simple Vue.js app on the Ubuntu server using NGINX. I'll discuss "dockerized" version in some future posts. Let me know if you have any doubts about any of the steps.

Keep Deploying 😄

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Mohit Sehgal

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