tRPC rightly has the tagline "Move Fast and Break Nothing.": It allows you to define an API that is typesafe. TypeScript will start warning you on the client-side if you changed a server-side return but didn't make the necessary changes on the frontend! tRPC also adds snappy autocomplete.

In addition tRPC allows automatic de-/serialization of complex data-types (think: Date, Map, Set, Array, ...) using superjson. So when you send a Date-object from the backend to your frontend, you can use it as a Date in your frontend, no need to manually call new Date(...) and add additional verification code for proper deserialization, amazing! Adding zod on top can give you automatic input validation of data that comes into your endpoints (see below).

Under the hood sidebase uses the nuxt-trpc module to integrate tRPC. This module sets up a tRPC router in the Nuxt 3 backend. This router serves as the API you can then call. The "hello world" route that comes with sidebase looks as follows:

import { z } from 'zod'import { publicProcedure, router } from '../trpc'export const appRouter = router({  hello: publicProcedure    .input(      z.object({        text: z.string().nullish(),      }),    )    .query(({ input }) => {      return {        greeting: `hello ${input?.text ?? "world"}`,        time: new Date()      }    }),})// export type definition of APIexport type AppRouter = typeof appRouter

To use this in your application, call it:

<script setup lang="ts">const { $client } = useNuxtApp()const hello = await $client.hello.useQuery({ text: 'client' })</script><template>  <div>    <!-- As `superjson` is already pre-configured, we can use `time` as a `Date` object without further deserialization ๐ŸŽ‰ -->    <p>tRPC Data: "{{ }}" send at "{{ }}".</p>  </div></template>

Alter the endpoint to get a different output.


There's also a so-called context that you can use to automatically pass data into your endpoints: Authentication status, prisma client, ... Initially, the file looks like this:

import { inferAsyncReturnType } from '@trpc/server'import type { H3Event } from 'h3'/** * Creates context for an incoming request * @link */export async function createContext(event: H3Event) {  /**   * Add any trpc-request context here. E.g., you could add \`prisma\` like this if you've set it up:   * \`\`\`   * const prisma = usePrisma(event)   * return { prisma }   * \`\`\`   *   * You can import \`usePrisma\` like this: \`import { usePrisma } from '@sidebase/nuxt-prisma'\`   */  return {}}export type Context = inferAsyncReturnType<typeof createContext>;

This method behaves like a middleware: It runs before your route-logic and receives the current request as the event parameter. Anything you return from this method can be used in the subsequent route-logic.

Read the trpc docs here to go further.