How to add git hash to Vue.js Component

Install git-describe as a dev dependency (e.g. yarn add --dev git-describe).

In vue.config.js add:

const {gitDescribe, gitDescribeSync} = require('git-describe');
process.env.VUE_APP_GIT_HASH = gitDescribeSync().hash

Now, in every component, we have process.env.VUE_APP_GIT_HASH variable.

Here is how I added it to my app: (with some discussion).

Other approaches

There are other approaches, e.g. using git-revision-webpack-plugin (example for the Vue forum):

const GitRevisionPlugin = require('git-revision-webpack-plugin')

module.exports = {
  'chainWebpack': config => {
    config.plugin('define').tap(args => {
      const gitRevisionPlugin = new GitRevisionPlugin()
      args[0]['process.env']['VUE_APP_COMMIT_HASH'] = JSON.stringify(gitRevisionPlugin.commithash())
      return args

Another way is to use git directly, with child-process.

See also

  • Including git commit hash and date in webpack build
  • Get hash of most recent git commit in Node
  • Git log output to XML, JSON, or YAML?

I'm not familiar with Heroku, however I hope some parts of my solution you'll find useful.

I'm developing a vue application, I use GitLab CI/CD and it's deployed to an S3 bucket on AWS then distributed with cloudfront. Sometimes our client will ask for changes that have already been made. So to prevent confusion I wanted to include a the git hash in the footer of the app so we can quickly check that they are looking at the most up-to-date version of the app.

In my .gitlab-ci.yml file I included the following bash commands:

hash=`git describe --always`
echo "\"$hash\"" > src/assets/hash.json

This creates a hash.json file, and the only contents of this file are the most recent commit hash as a string. e.g. "015d8f1"

I assume when you deploy to Heroku there is a similar way to execute bash commands.

From there you can just read in that file in any component and use it as data. e.g.

import GitHash from "@/assets/hash.json";

export default {
  name: "TheFooter",
  data() {
    return {
      GitHash: GitHash