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Helper library for Python+Vue Single Page Applications

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A combined Python + Vue.js Single Page Application (SPA) framework.

Example usage (from vuespa/

  1. Write Python API:

     class Client(vuespa.Client):
         async def vuespa_on_open(self):
             print("Client connected!")
         # vuespa_on_close exists, too
         async def api_shoe(self, arg1):
             return f'Got {arg1}'
     vuespa.VueSpa('', Client).run()

    Optionally, may specify vuespa.VueSpa('', Client, port=8080).run() to run on ports 8080 (webserver and websocket) and 8081 (Vue dev server).

  2. Create app via vue create

  3. Edit (if typescript) with:

     declare var VueSpaBackend: any;
  4. Edit with:

     <script src="<%= BASE_URL %>vuespa.js"></script>
  5. Create, to silence Typescript errors, with:

     import Vue from 'vue';
     declare module 'vue' {
       export default interface Vue {
         $vuespa: {
           // Call a remote method, and return the result
           call: (fn: string, ...args: any[]) => Promise<any>,
           /** Set up a handler for HTTP endpoints. First argument is a function
             called whenever the websocket's identity changes. The second argument is
             a list of available handlers, each of which take one argument, which holds
             the query parameters given to the HTTP request.
             Returns: a function which, when called, unbinds the handler. Often,
             this belongs in Vue's ``beforeDestroy`` callback.
           httpHandler: (cb: {(url: string): void}, fns: {[name: string]: {(args: any): void}}) => {(): void},
           // Call a remote method, and update `name` on this local Vue instance.
           update: (name: string, fn: string, ...args: any[]) => Promise<void>,
  6. Add calls to the server as:

    await this.$'shoe', 32)

  7. Run the Python script! This will build the Vue application, run a Python web server on a random port, and point your web browser at the deployment.

As a shortcut in e.g. template callbacks, can use $vuespa.update('propName', 'shoe', 32) to place the call to api_shoe and then set the resulting value in propName.


  • 2021-04-28 - 0.4.0 release. Parallelism for responses on a single web socket. Before, they would block one another, which was annoying for long-running tasks.
  • 2021-02-11 - 0.3.7 release. If neither host nor port is specified, 'localhost' will be used as the host (resulting in a random port being selected).
  • 2021-02-11 - 0.3.6 release. Default bind to IPv4 and IPv6, and documentation update. Some docker containers were having issues as docker now will not translate an IPv6 request to an IPv4 one.
  • 2020-10-07 - 0.3.5 release. Support JSON body in XMLHttpRequest for GET/POST interactions, which is less confusing than encodeURIComponent with a query string.
  • 2020-06-03 - 0.3.4 release. Better support for applications tunneled over a proxy.
  • 2020-06-01 - 0.3.3 release. Larger websocket messages allowed to server by default.
  • 2020-05-28 - 0.3.1 release. Fixes for websockets, mostly documentation, but also page load race condition.
  • 2020-05-27 - 0.2.9 release. Websockets may now receive interactions via HTTP GET/POST requests, to allow child tabs from a Vuespa application to direct the parent tab. This is useful primarily for plugins, which execute code uncontrolled by the core application author, and might execute in an IFrame. Additionally, a config_web_callback method has been added which allows for registering arbitrary HTTP endpoints.
  • 2020-04-02 - 0.2.8 release. Production mode no longer runs 'npm install' if dist folder exists already.
  • 2020-02-04 - 0.2.7 release. Fixed an error from moving to aiohttp websocket. Fixed vue serve hot reloading.
  • 2020-01-06 - 0.2.6 release. A few things:
    • Use IPv4 host by default, since e.g. Docker has issues with IPv6.
    • Only use one port (instead of one for HTTP and a separate port for websocket). This is to make Docker usage easier. Note that for development, the Vue development port will not be forwarded by default.
  • 2019-12-18 - 0.2.5 release built. Better documentation (shows $, and randomly select port unless otherwise specified.
  • 2019-10-21 - 0.2.3 release.

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