Nuxt.js presets all the configuration needed to make your development of a Vue.js application enjoyable. Nuxt.js can produce Universal, Single Page and Static Generated Applications.

You can use PurgeCSS with Nuxt.js by using the Nuxt.js pluginopen in new window or the PostCSS plugin.

Nuxt.js plugin

You can use a community module called nuxt-purgecssopen in new window to make the usage of PurgeCSS with Nuxt as easy as possible. With it's fitting defaults, you only need to make a few changes (or none at all) to the configuration.


  • Add nuxt-purgecss dependency using yarn or npm to your project
  • Add nuxt-purgecss to modules section of nuxt.config.js:
  buildModules: [ // if you are using nuxt < 2.9.0, use modules property instead.

  purgeCSS: {
   // your settings here



Before diving into the individual attributes, here are the default settings of the module:

  mode: MODES.webpack,
  enabled: ({ isDev, isClient }) => (!isDev && isClient), // or `false` when in dev/debug mode
  paths: [
  styleExtensions: ['.css'],
  whitelist: ['body', 'html', 'nuxt-progress'],
  extractors: [
      extractor: content => content.match(/[A-z0-9-:\\/]+/g) || [],
      extensions: ['html', 'vue', 'js']

This settings should be a good foundation for a variety of projects.

Merging defaults

You can define every option either as function or as static value (primitives, objects, arrays, ...). if you use a function, the default value will be provided as the first argument.

If you don't use a function to define you properties, the module will try to merge them with the default values. This can be handy for paths, whitelist and so on because the defaults are quite sensible. If you don't want to have the defaults include, just use a function.

Properties in-depth

  • Type: String (webpack or postcss)
  • Default: webpack

Defines the mode, PurgeCSS should be used in.

  • Webpack mode can only be used with build.extractCSS: true
  • PostCSS mode can only be used with a build.postcss object (no array) or default settings
  • Type: Boolean or Function (only for webpack mode, will receive the build.extend ctx)
  • Default: ({ isDev, isClient }) => (!isDev && isClient) (only activates in production mode) or false in debug/dev mode

Enables/Disables the module

  • If it evaluates to false, the module won't be activated at all
  • If a function is given, it'll be properly evaluated in webpack mode (in postcss mode it'll be handled as true)
PurgeCSS options

Please read the PurgeCSS docsopen in new window for information about PurgeCSS-related information.

Instead of content we use paths to specify the paths PurgeCSS should look into (explained hereopen in new window. This applies to both modes, not only to webpack mode.

PostCSS plugin

Using the extractCSS option Nuxt will create CSS files that will be loaded separately by the browser. When generating your application this might be a lot of small files.

To include the CSS into the header of the HTML file you'll need to run the following commands. Please note that using this configuration PurgeCSS will be active in production and development mode.

npm i -D @fullhuman/postcss-purgecss
yarn add @fullhuman/postcss-purgecss --dev
'@fullhuman/postcss-purgecss': {
  content: ['./pages/**/*.vue', './layouts/**/*.vue', './components/**/*.vue'],
  safelist: ['html', 'body']