harryg harryg - 5 months ago 196
Javascript Question

Call a Vue JS component method from outside the component

Let's say I have a main Vue instance that has child components. Is there a way of calling a method belonging to one of these components from outside the Vue instance entirely?

Here is an example:

var vm = new Vue({
el: '#app',
components: {
'my-component': {
template: '#my-template',
data: function() {
return {
count: 1,
methods: {
increaseCount: function() {

vm['my-component'].increaseCount(); // This doesn't work

<script src="http://vuejs.org/js/vue.js"></script>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div id="app">

<button id="external-button">External Button</button>

<template id="my-template">
<div style="border: 1px solid; padding: 5px;">
<p>A counter: {{ count }}</p>
<button @click="increaseCount">Internal Button</button>

So when I click the internal button, the
method is bound to its click event so it gets called. There is no way to bind the event to the external button, whose click event I am listening for with jQuery, so I'll need some other way to call


It seems this works:


However, this is not a good solution because I am referencing the component by its index in the children array, and with many components this is unlikely to stay constant and the code is less readable.


You can use Vue event system

vm.$broadcast('event-name', args)


 vm.$on('event-name', function())

Here is the fiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/wc1gg5v4/