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Migrating Nuxt Applications to Ampt

Use Ampt's powerful development workflows to deploy and manage your Nuxt applications on AWS.

Nuxt is an open source, full stack framework that allows you to build applications with file-based routing and server-side rendering. It's based on Vue.js and is highly extensible with its 200+ modules. This guide will walk you through migrating an existing Nuxt application using the Ampt adapter.


  • An existing Nuxt application (or create a new one)
  • Basic understanding of Node.js, full stack apps, Vue.js, and Nuxt
  • An Ampt account (sign up here)
  • The Ampt CLI installed (run npm i @ampt/cli -g in your terminal)


Ensure all dependencies are compatible with Node.js 18+. See the available Ampt runtime versions here.

Install the @ampt/nuxt adapter

Navigate to the project folder and add @ampt/nuxt to your project using npm. This dependency is used to make the application compatible with AWS.

npm install @ampt/nuxt

Change the entry point of the application

We need to change the entrypoint of the application to make it compatible with Ampt. Create an index.ts file in the root of your project:

import "@ampt/nuxt/server";

Add/update the following line in your package.json:

{ ... "main": "index.ts", ... }

Add Ampt to Nuxt configuration

Add the @ampt/nuxt adapter to your nuxt.config.js file as follows:

import withAmpt from "@ampt/nuxt"; export default defineNuxtConfig( withAmpt({ devtools: { enabled: true }, }) );

Add Scripts for Dev Mode and Build Step

Ampt allows you to run the Nuxt dev server within the "Ampt context", giving you local access to remote resources in your developer sandbox. To enable this, add a ampt:dev script in your package.json as follows:

"scripts": {"ampt:dev": "nuxt dev" }

This will let you start the local Nuxt development server by running dev in the Ampt shell or with the ampt dev command when starting the shell.

You also need to define an ampt:build script to run the nuxt build && ampt-nuxt-build step. This script will be automatically run when you deploy the application to a permanent stage or to create a short-lived preview environment. It will also ensure access to remote resources during the build process.

"scripts": {"ampt:build ": "nuxt build && ampt-nuxt-build" }

Start building with Ampt

That's it! We have completed all the steps necessary to migrate an existing Nuxt application to Ampt. You can start working on this application by running ampt in your project folder.

This will prompt you for an app name, and then create a new application in your Ampt account. You'll be connected to your dedicated developer sandbox with a unique URL. You must run build in the Ampt Shell to build the application and make it available via your developer sandbox's URL.

To start the local Nuxt development server, run dev within the Ampt Shell (or ampt dev). The Nuxt dev server will start up and display a localhost URL. You can now iterate on your Nuxt app and test locally, including accessing resources like params, events, data, and more in your developer sandbox. Remember to run build any time you want to update the Nuxt build and view it on the remote URL.

Note that the URL for your developer sandbox goes offline when you're not connected via the CLI. You need to deploy your application to a permanent stage to share your app with the world. Simply run deploy prod to deploy your application to a stage named prod. This command will automatically provision an isolated Ampt Environment on AWS and then build and deploy your Nuxt application.


AWS accounts are owned and automatically managed for you by Ampt. You DO NOT need to set up your own cloud accounts. If you're interested in deploying to your own AWS accounts, please contact us via support@getampt.com.

Next Steps

Congratulations! You can now use Ampt to leverage the full power of AWS and host your Nuxt application without complex configurations or managing infrastructure. Be sure to check out our docs to learn more about what's possible with Ampt. And be sure to join our discord to connect with other Ampt users.

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