Vue.js Access Dom Nodes using Refs

Published on Dec 22, 2019

In this topic, I’m going to share how to access dom nodes using refs in Vue.js.

Meaning of Refs

Ref is used to register or indicate a reference to the HTML element or child element in the template. Syntax:

<!-- template -->
ref='fieldID'

<!-- script -->
this.$refs.fieldID.METHOD

Implement of Refs

We can indicate HTML element via ref. Let’s set focus on a search box input field using ref.

<template>
  <div id="app">
    <label for="search">Search:</label>
    <input type="text" id="search" name="search" ref="searchbox">
  </div>
</template>

We’ve identified the search field by ref id searchbox. Let’s focus this:

<script>
export default {
  name: 'app',
  data() {
    return {
    }
  },
  mounted: function() {
    this.$refs.searchbox.focus()
  }
}
</script>

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