Intro to Vue.js


1. The Vue Instance


2. Attribute Binding


3. Conditional Rendering


4. List Rendering


5. Event Handling


6. Class & Style Binding


7. Computed Properties


8. Components


9. Communicating Events


10. Forms


11. Tabs


Attribute Binding

In this lesson, we’ll explore ways you can connect data to the attributes of your HTML elements.

Our Goal

We’ll use attribute-binding in order to display an image and attach alt text to it based on values from our instance’s data.

Starting Code

Currently our HTML looks like this:

We’ve created a div for the product image and the product info, in order to style them with Flexbox.

And our JavaScript looks like this:

Notice we’ve added an image source to our data.


We want an image to show up on our page, but we need it to be dynamic. We want to be able to update that image in our data and have the image automatically update on the page. Since our src attribute is what pulls the image into this element, we’ll need data to be bound to src so that we can dynamically display an image based on the data at that time.

Important Term: Data Binding

When we talk about data binding in Vue, we mean that the place where it is used or displayed in the template is directly linked, or bound to the source of the data, which is the data object inside the Vue instance.

In other words, the host of the data is linked to the target of the data. In this case, our data is hosted by the data property of our Vue instance. And we want to target that data from our src.


To bind the value of image in our data object to the src in our img tag, we’ll use Vue’s v-bind directive.

This evaluates to:

Voila! Our image appears. If the value of image were to change, the src will update to match, and the new image will appear.

Again, this happens because the data that lives in image is bound to our src attribute.

Additional Usages

We can use v-bind again here if we want to bind alt text data to this same img element.

If we add this in our data:

We can bind that to the alt attribute like so:

In both of these cases, we’ve used the syntax v-bind and after the colon :, we’ve stated which attribute we’re binding the data to, src and alt in this case.

Now whenever the image and altText data changes, that updated data will remain linked to the src and alt attributes.

This is a very commonly used feature in Vue. Because it’s so common, there’s a shorthand for v-bind, and it’s just a colon :

Simple, clean, and handy.

So what have we learned?

  • Data can be bound to HTML attributes.
  • Syntax is v-bind: or : for short.
  • The attribute name that comes after the : specifies the attribute we’re binding data to.
  • Inside the attribute’s quotes, we reference the data we’re binding to.

Learn by doing


Add a link to your data object, and use v-bind to sync it up with an anchor tag in your HTML. Hint: you’ll be binding to the href attribute.