Today I have been mostly smashing my head on the desk trying to figure out Laravel and Vue.js.

I thought I’d try to template an existing Laravel 5.5 project using Vue.js. Try as I might I could not get the template to work. I even stuck with the default example-component trying to get that to work . All I saw was an error reported in the console.

failed to mount component: template or render function not defined.

So I deployed a completely new Laravel project and added the example-component into the welcome page and it worked!

So what’s different with my project? My app.js has the same entries:

window.Vue = require('vue');

 * Next, we will create a fresh Vue application instance and attach it to
 * the page. Then, you may begin adding components to this application
 * or customize the JavaScript scaffolding to fit your unique needs.

Vue.component('example-component', require('./components/ExampleComponent.vue'));

const app = new Vue({
    el: '#app'

But the versions in my package.json are a little different.


    "devDependencies": {
        "axios": "^0.18.0",
        "popper.js": "^1.14.1",
        "bootstrap": "^4.0.0",
        "cross-env": "^5.1.4",
        "jquery": "^3.2",
        "laravel-mix": "^1.0",
        "lodash": "^4.17.4",
        "vue": "^2.5.16"


    "devDependencies": {
        "axios": "^0.17",
        "bootstrap-sass": "^3.3.7",
        "cross-env": "^5.1",
        "jquery": "^3.2",
        "laravel-mix": "^1.0",
        "lodash": "^4.17.4",
        "vue": "^2.5.7"

So no huge difference. But obviously enough.

I spent the day googling and then came across the solution that meant I just change my component import to:


Just adding a .default that was the pointer from the post by aeolusheath on 15 Nov 2017

Or as detailed further down, adjust the app Vue to include the component:

const app = new Vue({
  el: '#app',
  components: {