Vue Visual

Vue 2 image and video loader supporting lazy loading. Visual 2.x is a simplification of Version 1.x with a greater reliance on modern browser features (IntersectionObserver, object-fit, srcset, sizes, etc).


  1. Install the package: npm install --save vue-visual or yarn add vue-visual
  2. Register the component:
    import Vue from 'vue'
    import Visual from 'vue-visual'
    Vue.component('visual', Visual)
    import 'vue-visual/index.css'
  3. These polyfills are recommended for older browsers:


A list of the component properties that may be set on the Visual component.


  • image (string) : The URL of an image to load.

  • srcset (string) : An img srcset, used in addition to the image. Both are recommended.

  • webp-srcset (string) : A srcset that will be added to a source inside of a picture element with a type of image/webp.

  • video (string|array) : A video that is loaded after the image is loaded if the device supports video. If a string, should be the URL to a source video. If an array, a list of video URLs that will be added as difference <source>s.


  • width (number|string) : This width will be applied to the container div. If a number, it's assumed to be a px value.

  • height (number|string) : See width

  • sizes (string) : Specify the img sizes attribute.

  • aspect (number) : Force the Visual to a specific aspect ratio. This works by making the asset position:absolute and then using an inner div with a padding-top set to a percentage.

  • expand (boolean) : Make the Visual fill it's container via CSS using absolute positioning.


  • object-fit (string) - Default cover. Like the CSS property.

  • object-position (string) - Default center center. Like the CSS property.

  • align (string) - Default center middle.. Used in conjunction with slots to position the slot content. May be any combination of one horizontal (left, center, right) and one vertical (top, middle, bottom) choice, space-delimited.


  • autoload (boolean) - Default: true. If true, assets are loaded immediately unless `lazyload``.

  • lazyload (boolean) - Waits until the Visual enters the viewport to trigger loading. Overrides, autoload.

  • intersection-options (object) - IntersectionObserver options. Used with lazyload and autopause.

  • placeholder-color - Sets a background color behind the assets. Most useful in conjunction with an aspect value.

  • transition (string) - A Vue transition name that is applied when an asset is loaded.


  • autoplay (boolean) - If true, begins playing immediately.

  • autopause (boolean) - If true, begins playing when the Visual enters the viewport and stops when it leaves. Overrides autoplay.

  • loop (boolean) - Sets <video> loop

  • muted (boolean) - Sets <video> muted

  • controls (boolean) - Sets <video> controls


  • alt (string) - Sets the alt attribute or aria-label value, depending on context.


  • default: Markup is added after the assets and before the loader
  • image-source: Adds <source> tags to the <picture> element.
  • video-source: Adds <source> tags to the <video> element.



  • load() - Manually initiate loading.

  • play() - Tell video to play.

  • pause() - Tell video to pause.

  • restart() - Tell video to restart playback from beginning.


  • Boot up the Storybook with yarn storybook and use that as your HMR friendly dev environment
  • Use npm version ... to build, tag, and update the poblished storybook

Changes from 1.x

  • Dropped props:
    • poster
    • fallback
    • per-asset variants for load, etc
  • Prop changes
    • backgroundobject-fit
    • background-positionobject-position
    • fillexpand
  • Not testing for video support on device
  • Video playing state not stored in Vue state
  • Image and video loaded simultenously, not in series
  • Removed setDefaults for setting default options. See custom-defaults for an example of how to implement this functionality using a functional component. shows an example of a functional component that migrates the old API to the new API.