Vue3-setup + this.$refs.* - how to deal with it

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Joined: 03 Feb 2021, 19:00

03 Feb 2021, 19:06

I'd prefer to stick to one manner of code style, approach.
And I'd like to use new Vue3 composition API.
But a lot of components (at least menu, datatable) use this.$refs. to get access to needed stuff.
Inside 'setup' we don't have 'this' any more.
So how to deal with it?
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Joined: 07 Feb 2021, 16:57

07 Feb 2021, 17:02

Hey! I just ran into the same problem and figured it out. I am using Vue 3 with Comp.API and TS.

The thing I guess is that template refs are unified with regular refs so you simply create an empty ref in your code and bind that to the HTML element with ref="myRef". Then you can access it by using myRef.value.

My template

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  <div id="nav" class="small-container">
    <router-link to="/">Home</router-link> |
    <router-link to="/about">About</router-link>
    <i class="pi pi-user user-profile" @click="toggle"
      ><Menu ref="myRef" :model="items" :popup="true"
  <router-view class="container" />

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<script lang="ts">
import { defineComponent, reactive, ref } from "vue";
import { user } from "@/helpers/useUsers";
import Menu from "primevue/menu";
export default defineComponent({
  components: { Menu },
  setup() {
    const items = reactive([
        lable: "test",
        icon: "pi pi-refresh",
        command: () => {
          console.log(">==== TEST ====<");
    const myRef = ref();
    const toggle = (event: any) => {
    return { user, items, myRef, toggle };
Template refs in Vue 3: ... plate-refs

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