How to Use Standard Javascript Components with Vue.js

Vue is a great platform for development the web frontend, but sometimes you might one to use a traditional Javascript component for certain feature on your website. There are many great components out there that have not yet been encapulated by a fancy Vue wrapper that allows you to drop it into your template using a Vue.js tag. Here's an easy way to get a traditional Javascript component plain-vanilla linking to an HTML element in your Vue program. As an example, I will be featuring the js-datepicker component, which I recently installed on

Add the component using npm or yarn

I'm using yarn, so I installed via the command line:

$ yarn add js-datepicker

Import the stylesheets and Javascript component

A tricky thing to figure out is how to import the js-datepicker assets. There's a Javascript file and a stylesheet required for it to work. To import the stylesheet, I had to use a <link /> tag in the <head /> section of my HTML template. so it looked something like this:

    <!-- other declarations -->
    <link href="../node_modules/js-datepicker/dist/datepicker.min.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"></link>

/public/index.html - note how I am loading it from node_modules

The Javacript had to be loaded from the top level Vue component in App.vue:

  <!-- template section of the Vue file -->

  // Javascript section of the Vue file

<style lang="scss">
  @import 'node_modules/js-datepicker/dist/datepicker.min'


Import it in the component where it is used

The final step was making the correct imports and referencing. I'm using it in my custom DateNavigation Vue component, and here are the import pieces of code:

  <!-- other HTML stuff -->

  <input id="dateSelector" type="text" v-model="_viewerDate" />

  <!-- other HTML stuff -->

import datepicker from "js-datepicker";
// other declarations

export default {
  name: "DateNavigation",
  methods: {
    datepickerSelect(instance, date) {
      this._viewerDate = date.toLocaleDateString();
  mounted() {
    this.$jsdatepicker = datepicker("#dateSelector", {
      onSelect: this.datepickerSelect,
      formatter: (instance, date) => {
        instance.value = date.toLocaleDataString();

<style scoped lang="scss">
// no relevant code here. See App.vue for the import of js-datepicker related CSS.


So here it's pretty basic in line with how the official js-datepicker docs say to use the component. I set up the Java code to reference the <input> element with the tag #dateSelector. The _viewerDate data varable declared in my Vue logic bound to the input via Vue's metatag, v-model. That allows the text in the datepicker seen by the user to change if the data store internal to the program switches to a new date.

The Javascript part of setting up js-datepicker is handled in the mounted() section of the Vue callbacks. Also note how I set up an internal variable $jsdatepicker to hold the datepicker object for later reference.

Additional Resources

You can view all of the changes made in the US Treasury Yield Curve app related to this component implementation by reviewing the full commit on Github.