Nuxt.js module to use router.js instead of pages/ directory


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Nuxt.js module to use router.js instead of pages/ directory

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Use your own router.js to handle your routes into your Nuxt.js application.


  1. Add @nuxtjs/router dependency to your project
yarn add --dev @nuxtjs/router # or npm install --save-dev @nuxtjs/router
  1. Add @nuxtjs/router to the buildModules section of nuxt.config.js
export default {
  buildModules: [
    // Simple usage

    // With options
    ['@nuxtjs/router', { /* module options */ }]

:warning: If you are using Nuxt < v2.9 you have to install the module as a dependency (No --dev or --save-dev flags) and use modules section in nuxt.config.js instead of buildModules.

Using top level options

export default {
  buildModules: [
  routerModule: {
    /* module options */

If you are using SPA mode, add an index / route to generate section of nuxt.config.js:

export default {
  generate: {
    routes: [



  • Type: String
  • Default: srcDir

Location of you route file.


  • Type: String
  • Default: router.js

Name of you route file.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: false

Can access the default router.


  • Type: Boolean
  • Default: 'keepDefaultRouter'

Can disable/enable the pages/ directory into Nuxt.


This module, by default, disable the pages/ directory into Nuxt and will use a router.js file at your srcDir directory:


router.js need to export a createRouter method like this:

import Vue from 'vue'
import Router from 'vue-router'

import MyPage from '~/components/my-page'


export function createRouter() {
  return new Router({
    mode: 'history',
    routes: [
        path: '/',
        component: MyPage

The components defined as routes have access to the same special attributes and functions (head, asyncData, validate, etc.) as the Nuxt Page component.

Accessing default router

If you use the module with { keepDefaultRouter: true }, you can access the default router:

:warning: If you are using Nuxt < 2.9.0, the parameter routerOptions is not available.

:warning: If you are using Nuxt < 2.15.0, the parameter config is not available.

export function createRouter(ssrContext, createDefaultRouter, routerOptions, config) {
  const options = routerOptions ? routerOptions : createDefaultRouter(ssrContext, config).options

  return new Router({
    routes: fixRoutes(options.routes)

function fixRoutes(defaultRoutes) {
  // default routes that come from `pages/`
  return defaultRoutes.filter(...).map(...)


  1. Clone this repository
  2. Install dependencies using yarn install or npm install
  3. Start development server using npm run dev


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