# Usage with Vue

Usage of XState in a Vue application may vary depending on which version of Vue your application is running. This page focuses on Vue 2 only. To see how to use XState with Vue 3 check the documentation for the XState @xstate/vue package.

There are two ways you can use XState with Vue 2:

  1. Since Vue ^2.7: using the useMachine hook provided by the xstate-vue2 package (opens new window) (3rd-party) plugin;
  2. Using XState interpret utility to create a service and inject it into your app.


If you want to use the Vue Composition API, we recommend using the following packages:

Vue follows a similar pattern to React:

  • The machine can be defined externally;
  • The service is placed on the data object;
  • State changes are observed via service.onTransition(state => ...), where you set some data property to the next state;
  • The machine's context can be referenced as an external data store by the app. Context changes are also observed via service.onTransition(state => ...), where you set another data property to the updated context;
  • The service is started (service.start()) when the component is created();
  • Events are sent to the service via service.send(event).

The following recipes use the following toggleMachine:

import { createMachine } from 'xstate';

// This machine is completely decoupled from Vue
export const toggleMachine = createMachine({
  id: 'toggle',
  context: {
    /* some data */
  initial: 'inactive',
  states: {
    inactive: {
      on: { TOGGLE: 'active' }
    active: {
      on: { TOGGLE: 'inactive' }

# Using useMachine hook from xstate-vue2 plugin

<!-- toggle.vue -->
<!-- Top level bindigs are pre-processed via "setup" -->
<script setup>
import { useMachine } from "xstate-vue2";
import toggleMachine from "../path/to/toggleMachine";

const { state, send } = useMachine(toggleMachine);

    <button @click="send('TOGGLE')">
        state.value === "inactive"
          ? "Click to activate"
          : "Active! Click to deactivate"

# Using XState interpret

<!-- Toggle.vue -->
  <button v-on:click="send('TOGGLE');">
    {{ current.matches("inactive") ? "Off" : "On" }}

  import { interpret } from 'xstate';
  import { toggleMachine } from '../path/to/toggleMachine';

  export default {
    name: 'Toggle',
    created() {
      // Start service on component creation
        .onTransition((state) => {
          // Update the current state component data property with the next state
          this.current = state;
          // Update the context component data property with the updated context
          this.context = state.context;
    data() {
      return {
        // Interpret the machine and store it in data
        toggleService: interpret(toggleMachine),

        // Start with the machine's initial state
        current: toggleMachine.initialState,

        // Start with the machine's initial context
        context: toggleMachine.context
    methods: {
      // Send events to the service
      send(event) {