How to Use v-if Without Rendering Extra DOM Elements in Vue.js

Published Aug 6, 2020

Recently, I needed a conditional element in my Vue.js application, so I used v-if and v-else in a <div>.

<div v-if="condition">
    something
</div>
<div v-else>
    something else
</div>

However, I didn’t want to render out unnecessary elements to the DOM, and my styles didn’t work with these extra <div> elements.

How could I write out this conditional without rendering new DOM elements?

Fortunately, Vue has the <template> element, which won’t be rendered to the browser but will still parse through its contents and render out the HTML.

<template v-if="condition">
    something
</template>
<template v-else>
    something else
</template>

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