Nuxt Use Different buildDir for Development and Production

Feb 17, 2020

Solution 1: dotenv

Setup dotenv.

Edit env.development.


Edit env.production.


Edit nuxt.config.js.

export default {  ...  buildDir: process.env.BUILD_DIR,  ...}

Solution 2: process.env.NODE_ENV

export default {  ...  buildDir: process.env.NODE_ENV == 'production' ? '.nuxt' : '.nuxt-dev',  ...}

NOTE: When npm run dev is run, process.env.NODE_ENV == 'development'. When npm run build is run, process.env.NODE_ENV == 'production'

Solution 3: custom environment variables

export default {  ...  buildDir: process.env.BUILD_DIR  ...}

Edit package.json

{  ...  "scripts": {    "dev": "env BUILD_DIR=.nuxt-dev nuxt",    "build": "env BUILD_DIR=.nuxt nuxt build",    ...  }  ...}

NOTE: If you are using dotenv with the same environment variable specified, dotenv will overwrite the environment variable.

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