# Custom Interfaces

Custom Interfaces allow you to create new ways of viewing or interacting with field data on the Item Detail page. Learn more about Interfaces.

# 1. Setup the Boilerplate

Every interface is a standalone "package" that contains at least a metadata file and a Vue component. We recommend using the following file structure:


# src/index.js

import InterfaceComponent from './interface.vue';

export default {
	id: 'custom',
	name: 'Custom',
	description: 'This is my custom interface!',
	icon: 'box',
	component: InterfaceComponent,
	types: ['string'],
  • id — The unique key for this interface. It is good practice to scope proprietary interfaces with an author prefix.
  • name — The human-readable name for this interface.
  • description — A short description (<80 characters) of this interface shown in the App.
  • icon — An icon name from the material icon set, or the extended list of Directus custom icons.
  • component — A reference to your Vue component.
  • types — An array of supported types.
  • groups — An array of field-groups. Accepts standard, file, files, m2o, o2m, m2a, translations. Defaults to standard.


See the TypeScript definition (opens new window) for more info on what can go into this object.

# src/interface.vue

	<input :value="value" @input="handleChange($event.target.value)" />

export default {
	props: {
		value: String,
	methods: {
		handleChange(value) {
			this.$emit('input', value);

# Available Props

  • value — The value of the field.
  • width — The layout width of the field. Either half, half-right, full, or fill.
  • type — The type of the field.
  • collection — The collection name of the field.
  • field — The key of the field.
  • primaryKey — The current item's primary key.

# 2. Install Dependencies and Configure the Buildchain

Set up a package.json file by running:

npm init -y

To be read by the Admin App, your custom interface's Vue component must first be bundled into a single index.js file. We recommend bundling your code using Rollup. To install this and the other development dependencies, run this command:

npm i -D rollup @rollup/plugin-commonjs @rollup/plugin-node-resolve rollup-plugin-terser rollup-plugin-vue@5 vue-template-compiler

You can then use the following Rollup configuration within rollup.config.js:

import { nodeResolve } from '@rollup/plugin-node-resolve';
import commonjs from '@rollup/plugin-commonjs';
import { terser } from 'rollup-plugin-terser';
import vue from 'rollup-plugin-vue';

export default {
	input: 'src/index.js',
	output: {
		format: 'es',
		file: 'dist/index.js',
	plugins: [vue(), nodeResolve(), commonjs(), terser()],

Building multiple extensions

You can export an array of build configurations, so you can bundle (or even watch) multiple extensions at the same time. See the Rollup configuration file documentation (opens new window) for more info.

# 3. Develop your Custom Interface

The interface itself is simply a Vue component, which provides an blank canvas for creating anything you need.

# 4. Build and Deploy

To build the interface for use within Directus, run:

npx rollup -c

Finally, move the output from your interface's dist folder into your project's /extensions/interfaces/my-custom-interface folder. Keep in mind that the extensions directory is configurable within your env file, and may be located elsewhere.

Last Updated: 4/14/2021, 10:18:02 PM