Using Panda CSS with Vue

Setting up Panda CSS in a Vue project using PostCSS.

Start a new project

Create Vite project

To get started, we will need to create a new Vue project using the official scaffolding tool (opens in a new tab).

If you don't enter any parameter, the CLI will guide you through the process of creating a new Vue app.

pnpm create vue@latest

You will be asked a few questions, answer them as follows:

Vue.js - The Progressive JavaScript Framework
 Project name:  test-app
 Add TypeScript?  Yes
 Add JSX Support?  Yes
 Add Vue Router for Single Page Application development?  No / Yes
 Add Pinia for state management?  No / Yes
 Add Vitest for Unit Testing?  No / Yes
 Add an End-to-End Testing Solution?  No
 Add ESLint for code quality?  No / Yes
 Add Prettier for code formatting?  No / Yes

Enter the newly created directory and install the dependencies.

cd test-app
pnpm install

Install Panda

Install panda and create your panda.config.ts file.

pnpm install -D @pandacss/dev
pnpm panda init --postcss

Update package.json scripts

Open your package.json file and update the scripts section as follows:

  "scripts": {
+    "prepare": "panda codegen",
    "dev": "vite",
    "build": "run-p type-check build-only",
    "preview": "vite preview",
    "build-only": "vite build"
  • "prepare" - script that will run Panda CSS CLI codegen before each build. Read more about codegen in the CLI section.

This step ensures that the panda output directory is regenerated after each dependency installation. So you can add the output directory to your .gitignore file and not worry about it.

Configure the content

Make sure that all of the paths of your Vue components are included in the include section of the panda.config.ts file.

import { defineConfig } from "@pandacss/dev"
export default defineConfig({
 // Whether to use css reset
 preflight: true,
 // Where to look for your css declarations
 include: ['./src/**/*.{js,jsx,ts,tsx,vue}'],
 // Files to exclude
 exclude: [],
 // The output directory for your css system
 outdir: "styled-system",

Configure the entry CSS with layers

Add this code to an src/index.css file and import it in the root component of your project.

@layer reset, base, tokens, recipes, utilities;

Start your build process

Run the following command to start your development server.

pnpm dev

Start using Panda

Now you can start using Panda CSS in your project. Here is the snippet of code that you can use in your src/App.vue file.

<script setup lang="ts">
import { css } from "../styled-system/css";
  <div :class="css({ fontSize: '5xl', fontWeight: 'bold' })">Hello 🐼!</div>