Using Nuxt Content: Working with Remote Markdown Files

Using Nuxt Content: Working with Remote Markdown Files

This post goes over how to get started with Nuxt Content to create a minimal blog, and how to work with remote markdown files.


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This article discusses how to get started with Nuxt Content to create a minimal blog, and how to work with remote Markdown files.

The first section goes over how to set up a project with Nuxt Content, and the second cover working with Markdown files. If you are already familiar with the setup steps, feel free to skip the first section.

Get Started

What is Nuxt?

Nuxt is an open-source framework for building performant websites and full-stack applications using Vue.js. It provides performance and SEO benefits, and adds full-stack capabilities for Vue apps.

Nuxt is an appealing framework to work with, partly because of its robust module ecosystem. Popular UI libraries, headless CMS tools, and databases can be easily integrated with a single line of code. Among other third-party modules, Nuxt Image, Nuxt Content, and Nuxt UI are some of the official modules developed by the Nuxt team.

What is Nuxt Content?

Nuxt Content is a file-based CMS that makes working with content easier for Vue developers. Using this module, it is possible to create fully content-driven websites using just Markdown files. It provides syntax highlighting for code snippets in Markdown, interactive Vue components inside content and different utilities including a MongoDB-like API for querying content.

The Nuxt team also offers Nuxt Studio - a pro version of Nuxt Content - with features like collaborative editing, live previews and a UI for working with media assets.


To start a fresh Nuxt Content project, we can do so right in the browser using, or locally by running the following command:

npx nuxi@latest init -t content my-minimal-blog

To integrate the module to an existing project, we need to first install it and add it to the modules property in our nuxt.config.js:

npm install @nuxt/content
export default defineNuxtConfig({
  modules: ["@nuxt/content"]


We can configure multiple sources for content in nuxt.config.js. By default, all content files are stored in the content/ folder, and can be in the form of Markdown, YAML, JSON or CSV.

To get started, let's create some content, and ensure we have a catch-all route set up.

A catch-all route should already be created by default if we are setting up a Nuxt Content project from scratch, and here is what it looks like initially:

<!-- pages/[...slug].vue -->
    <ContentDoc />

<ContentDoc> is a built-in component that takes care of all the fetching and rendering functionality for a single piece of content such as a blog post.

Next, let's create some Markdown files with some content:


title: Nuxt
description: What is Nuxt?

# What is Nuxt?

Nuxt is an open source framework that makes web development intuitive and powerful.

[Learn More](


title: Nuxt Content
description: What is Nuxt Content?

We can also access our front-matter data in our Markdown.

# {{ $doc.description }}

Nuxt Content makes working with content easy for Vue Developers.

[What is Nuxt?](/nuxt)

Nuxt Content will then automatically process our content folder, and generate file-based routes for each content. The file located at content/ will be available at /nuxt, content/Nuxt at /nuxt-content, and so on.

That's it. We now have a minimal yet fully-functioning blog built with Nuxt Content.

Remote Content

This section will go over how to configure Nuxt Content to work with remote content, specifically with Markdown files from a GitHub repo.

Nuxt Content provides some useful configuration options for fetching, parsing and rendering content. We can configure our Markdown content to have a table of contents and anchor links for our headings. We can add plugins for customizing parsing behavior. We can customize syntax highlighting for our code snippets. We can even set different sources for our content.

Content-related configurations can be set using the content property in nuxt.config.js file.

// nuxt.config.js
export default defineNuxtConfig({
    content: {
        // Custom Configurations

By default, Nuxt Content is configured to look for local files inside the content/ directory. But, using the sources option, we can tell the module to look for files in different places, which can either be other local files or files hosted on a remote server. Although it's not recommended, we can also override the default content location for local files.

export default defineNuxtConfig({
    content: {
        sources: {
            blog: {
                driver: 'fs',
                prefix: '/blog',
                base: resolve(__dirname, 'articles')
            github: {
                driver: 'github',
                prefix: '/notes',
                repo: "oneminch/notes",
                branch: "main",
                dir: "Glossary"

In the above snippet, we have added two new sources for our content: one local source and one remote (GitHub). The type of source added is indicated by the driver option in our source object:

  • The fs driver stands for filesystem and indicates our content source is local to the project.
  • The github driver allows us to map files from a remote GitHub repo to our local project.

Side Note: Nuxt Content uses unstorage under the hood to make this possible. Other types of drivers can be configured according to the unstorage documentation.

Let's see what the github configuration above does in action.

Nuxt Content will parse all the markdown files located in the GitHub repo oneminch/notes under the Glossary folder (given by the dir property), and make all files available under the /notes path (indicated by the prefix property).

For instance, in the repo, I have Markdown files titled and Server-Side in the Glossary folder. According to our configuration, the contents of these files will be available at the paths /notes/hoisting and /notes/server-side-rendering respectively, just as working with local content.

We can also use our prefix in different parts of our code that require a path for fetching data.

Using the queryContent() composable:

<script setup>
const { data: notes } = await useLazyAsyncData("my-notes", () =>

Using the <ContentList> component:

    <ContentList path="/notes">
        <template #default="{ list }">
            <a v-for="note in list" :key="note._path" :href="note._path">
              {{ note.title }}
        <template #not-found>
            <p>No notes found.</p>

One thing to note is that since Nuxt Content is basically making API calls to GitHub every time we are fetching content, our requests might get rate limited by GitHub. So, it's generally recommended to add a GitHub API token to our configuration following the unstorage configuration options.

export default defineNuxtConfig({
    content: {
        sources: {
            github: {
                /* ... */
                token: process.env.GH_TOKEN

That's it. If you would like to learn more, check out the resources below. Thanks for reading.

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