Client Side Hydration
Hydration refers to the client-side process during which Vue takes over the static HTML sent by the server and turns it into dynamic DOM that can react to client-side data changes.
entry-client.js, we are simply mounting the app with this line:
// this assumes App.vue template root element has `id="app"` app.$mount('#app')
Since the server has already rendered the markup, we obviously do not want to throw that away and re-create all the DOM elements. Instead, we want to "hydrate" the static markup and make it interactive.
If you inspect the server-rendered output, you will notice that the app's root element has had a special attribute added:
<div id="app" data-server-rendered="true">
data-server-rendered special attribute lets the client-side Vue know that the markup is rendered by the server and it should mount in hydration mode. Note that it didn't add
id="app", just the
data-server-rendered attribute: you need to add the ID or some other selector to the app's root element yourself or the app won't hydrate properly.
In development mode, Vue will assert the client-side generated virtual DOM tree matches the DOM structure rendered from the server. If there is a mismatch, it will bail hydration, discard existing DOM and render from scratch. In production mode, this assertion is disabled for maximum performance.
One thing to be aware of when using SSR + client hydration is some special HTML structures that may be altered by the browser. For example, when you write this in a Vue template:
<table> <tr><td>hi</td></tr> </table>
The browser will automatically inject
<table>, however, the virtual DOM generated by Vue does not contain
<tbody>, so it will cause a mismatch. To ensure correct matching, make sure to write valid HTML in your templates.