Inertia.js and its advantages for Laravel developers

December 20, 2021

Tags: Technologies, IT Staff Augmentation



Inertia.js allows you to create single page applications without the need to build an API. It is not tied to Laravel or Vue but does offer an adapter for these two frameworks. Inertia does not depend on any technology, but it is very similar in its use to Laravel, so expert developers in the latter have Inertia.js among their favorites.


Inertia is not a framework, nor is it a replacement for your existing server-side or client-side frameworks. Rather, it is designed to work with them. Think of Inertia as a glue that connects the two. Inertia does this through adapters.


How to use Inertia in Laravel


As a new approach to creating classic server-driven web applications, this is how developers are defining Inertia. The library allows its users to render single file Vue components from the Laravel backend.


This allows you to create single page applications, SPAs, fully rendered on the client side without the high complexity associated with these types of pages today.




Inertia works like a classic server-side rendered application: controllers, database operations, and views are written as before, and JavaScript page components now replace views. In the case of Laravel, Inertia uses existing authentications, does not require development of the entire API, and sheet views are replaced with JavaScript components.


Advantages and disadvantages of Inertia


Among the advantages that Inertia offers to Laravel users are:


  • The application paths are all contained in a single file.
  • Inertia completely eliminates the complexity of client-side routing.
  • It is possible to configure it with React.


Among the disadvantages, it presents:


  • The developer using Inertia must have knowledge of both PHP and Vue.
  • If the intention is to create an app for Android or iOS, the backend API must be recreated.
  • It has very limited usability without Vuex.


Laravel Breeze also offers an Inertia.js frontend implementation powered by Vue or React. To use an Inertia stack, specify vue or react as your desired stack when executing the breeze:install Artisan command:


php artisan breeze:install vue

// Or...

php artisan breeze:install react

npm install
npm run dev
php artisan migrate


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