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How Do I Use an Import Function in a Vue 3 Template?

In a Vue 3 project, I have the following setup. There is a separate stuff.ts file with some helper functions in it and I want to use it in my template.

<script lang="ts">
  import { defineComponent, onMounted } from 'vue'
  import { doSomething } from '@/helpers/stuff.ts'
  
  export default defineComponent({
    setup(){
      onMounted(() => console.log(doSomething)) //<-- logs here okay
    }
  })
</script>

<template>
  <!-- ERROR: doSomething is not a function -->
  <a href="#do" @click="doSomething()">Do Something</a>
</template>

As far as I can tell, the function is properly imported and it’s defined when I log it in onMounted().

But when I click the link and try to doSomething() from the template, it says the function isn’t defined. I’m new to Vue 3, but I imagine I have to do something to prep the function and make it available.

How can I make an imported function available to my template? Do I have to call a component method instead and use doSomething inside that?

Answer

The simplest way is to just “forward” it via the return of your setup function

<script lang="ts">
  import { defineComponent, onMounted } from 'vue'
  import { doSomething } from '@/helpers/stuff.ts'
  
  export default defineComponent({
    setup(){
      onMounted(() => console.log(doSomething)) //<-- logs here okay
      return { doSomething }
    }
  })
</script>

<template>
  <!-- ERROR: doSomething is not a function -->
  <a href="#do" @click="doSomething()">Do Something</a>
</template>
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