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Vue.js SDK (Legacy)

Last updated: Jun-04-2024

This is the legacy version of the Vue.js SDK (cloudinary-vue v1.x).

For details on migrating to the current version of the SDK (frontend-frameworks v1.x + js-url-gen v1.x), see the Vue.js SDK migration guide.


Cloudinary's Vue.js SDK provides simple, yet comprehensive image and video upload, transformation, optimization, and delivery capabilities that you can implement using code that integrates seamlessly with your existing Vue.js application.

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This guide relates to the latest released version of the Cloudinary Vue.js library.

For details on all new features and fixes from previous versions, see the CHANGELOG.

Quick example

Take a look at the following transformation code and the image it delivers:

sample transformation

This relatively simple code performs all of the following on the original front_face.jpg image before delivering it:

  • Crop to a 150x150 thumbnail using face-detection gravity to automatically determine the location for the crop
  • Round the corners with a 20 pixel radius
  • Apply a sepia effect
  • Overlay the Cloudinary logo on the southeast corner of the image (with a slight offset). The logo is scaled down to a 50 pixel width, with increased brightness and partial transparency (opacity = 60%)
  • Rotate the resulting image (including the overlay) by 10 degrees
  • Convert and deliver the image in PNG format (the originally uploaded image was a JPG)

And here's the URL that would be included in the image tag that's automatically generated from the above code:

In a similar way, you can transform a video.

Learn more about transformations

Vue.js SDK features

Installation and Setup

The Vue.js SDK is available as open source at There is also a tool for integrating Cloudinary into your Vue.js project at

1. Install the Vue.js SDK

The Cloudinary Vue.js SDK serves as a layer on top of Cloudinary's JavaScript (cloudinary-core) library. Install the SDK by running the following command:

2. Set Cloudinary configuration

To use the Cloudinary Vue.js components, you must configure at least your product environment cloudName. You can additionally define a number of optional configuration parameters if relevant. You can find your product environment-specific configuration credentials on the API Keys page of the Cloudinary Console Settings.

  • Most functionality implemented on the client side does not require authentication, so only your cloud_name is required to be configured, and not your API key or secret. Your API secret should never be exposed on the client side, so if you want to use signed uploads or generate delivery signatures, you'll also need server-side code, for which you can use one of our backend SDKs.
  • For backward compatibility reasons, the default value of the optional secure configuration parameter is false. However, for most modern applications, it's recommended to configure the secure parameter to true to ensure that your transformation URLs are always generated as HTTPS.

The following 5 Cloudinary Vue.js components are available:

  • CldContext - allows you to define shared parameters that are applied to all child components.
  • CldImage - defines a Cloudinary Image tag.
  • CldVideo - defines a Cloudinary Video tag.
  • CldPoster - allows you to specify an image resource for a CldVideo parent component, to be used as the poster attribute of the generated video tag.
  • CldTransformation - allows you to define additional transformations for a parent component (CldImage, CldVideo or CldPoster).

You can apply these options globally on the app level, directly to each component, or you can apply them to all child components using a CldContext component.

For example:

  • Globally on the app level, you can use one of the following options:
  • Directly in the component:
  • Configuration with cld-context applies to all child components:

Using core Cloudinary JavaScript features

The JavaScript cloudinary-core library is the foundation library underlying Cloudinary's Vue.js SDK. You can access any of the core JavaScript functionality within your Vue.js code after importing the cloudinary-core library. For example:

Vue.js capitalization and data type guidelines

When using the Vue.js SDK, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Parameter names: kebab-case. For example: public-id (camelCase is also supported)
  • Define Components: PascalCase. For example: CldImage
  • Use Components: PascalCase or kebab-case. For example: CldImage or cld-image
  • Pass parameter data as: Object

Vue.js Storybook tool

You can try out Cloudinary components quickly and easily with our Vue SDK Storybook, which provides you with a rich visual interface, code playground and inline documentation.

To start experimenting with the storybook, select a component from the left-hand menu. You can enter your cloud name and public ID to view an asset from your product environment, or you can view the asset displayed from Cloudinary's demo product environment. Change parameters and see what happens; the display immediately reflects the changes you make. When you've achieved the desired effect, you can copy that code to conveniently implement the results.


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