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Compile angular apps to run on your server


Angular.js apps rendered on the server, no node.js required!

Compile angular apps for rendering on any backend, regardless of language or platform. Server side rendering, full angular expression support, 100% SEO compatible, optional client/server route, logic, and state sharing.


  • Simplicity: write your angular app, let Compylr do the rest
  • Best of both worlds: first render on the server, then let angular take over once the page is displayed
  • Minimal pageload times pre-load
  • Maximum performance post-load
  • Backend agnostic
  • Easily share state and route logic on client and server
  • Support full RESTful URL structure for optimal page crawling

How it works

  • Compiles angular templates to handlebars templates
  • (Optionally) Standardizes route configuration using JSON for angular and any backend (via an adapter)
  • (Optionally) Standardizes state management with angular and any backend (via an adapter)


npm install --save compylr


Angular Template Input

<a ng-repeat="product in products" href="products/{{}}">
  <img src="{{user.image}}" ng-show="foo && bar">
  <div ng-include="'path/to/partial'">
<img class="small" ng-class="{ active: imgVisible }" ng-if="foo.length">
<img ng-style="{ color: mainColor }" ng-if="foo && bar">
{{ foo && bar }}

Compiled Temlpate Output

Includes {{}} for handlebars and attributes + escaped {{}} (&#123;) for angular interpolations

{{#forEach 'foo' in bar}}
  <a ng-repeat="foo in bar" href="products/{{}}" ng-href="products/&#123;&#123;;&#125;">
    <img src="{{user.image}}" ng-show="foo" {{hbsShow "foo && bar"}} ng-attr-src="&#123;&#123;user.image&#125;&#125;">
    <span ng-bind="foo">{{foo}}</span>
    <div ng-include="'path/to/partial'">
      {{> path/to/partial}}
{{#if foo.length}}
  <img class="small {{#if imgVisible}}active{{/if}}" ng-class="{ active: imgVisible }" ng-if="foo.length">
{{#ifExpression "foo && bar"}}
  <img ng-if="foo && bar" style="{{styleExpression '{ color: mainColor }'}}">
<span ng-bind="foo && bar">
  {{expression "foo && bar"}}

Render Your Template

Render your template with handlebars and pass in any data you need

Coffeescript Example

app.engine 'handlebars'
res.render 'index'products: products

Java Example

Handlebars handlebars = new Handlebars();
Template template = handlebars.compile("index");

State & Route Configuration (Optional)

Configure your state and routes in one place and Compylr will compile them into application logic for both your client and server.


  "routes": {
    "/:page/:tab/:product": {
      "data": {
        "showModal": true
      "compute": {
        "": "$",
        "activeProduct": "results[$params.product]"
  "data": {
    "activeProduct": {},
    "query": {
      "value": ""
    "mode": {
      "name": "search"
    "openTab": {
      "name": "insights"

Server Events & Actions (Optional)

Compilr runs your applications routes and states on both the client and the server. This means that you can run things like

  • <a ng-click="selectedProduct = products[i]"></a>
  • <a ng-click="showModal = true"></a>
  • <a ng-click="user.loggedIn = false"></a>

And this will update state logic in your templates, such as

  • <div class="modal" ng-show="showModal">...</div>
  • <h1>{{}}</h1><p>{{selectedProduct.description}}</p>
  • <div ng-if="user.loggedIn" id="main-container"></div>

This means your applications not only render on the server, but can function as fully standalone applications without any JS at all! This is all taken care of automatigically by Compylr.

For example, this interactive webpage written in angular can function 100% on the server and without JS when copiled by Compylr.


<a ng-click="selectedProduct = product" ng-repeat="product in productResults">
<div ng-if="selectedProduct">


{{#forEach 'product' in productResults}}
  <a href="?action=selectedProduct%3Dproduct" ng-click="selectedProduct = product" ng-repeat="product in productResults" ng-bind="">
{{#if selectedProduct}}
  <div ng-if="selectedProduct">
    <h1 ng-bind="">{{}}</h1>
    <p ng-bind="selectedProduct.description">{{selectedProduct.description}}</p>

Note in the above example the key to this is in the href "?action=". This is compiled from your angular template and tells the server adapter the state and/or route changes to make

This is all possible because of compylr's concept of a shared session state tree and route configuration

Key Features

  • 100% SEO friendly
  • Ultra high performance
    • You don't need to run your whole app on the server to render a template. So don't. Instead cross compile templates and sync state.
  • Angular application logic
    • Use ng-click to trigger client and server actions (e.g. changing states and routes) even without any browser javascript!
  • Client and server rendering (render on server, once app loaded renders on client)
  • Pushtate support (always keep urls in sync)
  • Simple state and route configuration
  • Shared session state on client and server with simple configuration
  • Shared route logic on client and server with simple configuration
  • Backend agnostic. Supports any backend with a simple adapter
  • Full expression support - e.g. ng-show="foo && bar[foo] ||"
  • Event support - e.g. ng-click="foo = !foo"
  • Form support
  • Offline support
  • Templates compile to 100% valid handlebars
    • Handlebars helpers compatible - extend with your own
  • Template resolution
    • All angular template attributes are 100% safe. They are converted to handlebars expressions and to ng-attributes so the template can be immediately displayed in the browser but angular can still find all necessary hooks to take control of the application once loaded
    • e.g. {{foo}}<span ng-bind="foo">{{foo}}<span>

Supported Attributes

  • ng-repeat
  • ng-include
  • ng-show
  • ng-hide
  • ng-if
  • ng-click (With optional state syncing)
  • ng-class
  • ng-style
  • ng-attr-*
  • ng-href, ng-value, ng-src
  • ng-bind
  • interpolations
  • {{foo}} <img src="{{bar}}.png">
  • expressions
  • {{foo && bar}} <img ng-show="bar || foo">

Project Status

Functional demo complete. Working on production ready v1.0.0


compylr = require 'compylr'
compiled = compylr path: 'path/to/angular/template.html'

Or, more a more complete example

# Load our dependencies 
compylr = require 'compylr'
fs = require 'fs'
expressHandlebars = require 'express3-handlebars'
express = require 'express'
handlebars = require 'handlebars'
# Set handlebars as our rendering engine 
app.engine 'html'expressHandlebars templatesDir: './templates'
# Specify our templates directory 
app.set 'views''./templates'
# Write our main template 
fs.writeFileSync 'templates/index.html'compylr path: 'path/to/angular/template.html'
# Load compylr handlebars heleprs for rendering 
compylr.setHelpers handelbars
# Create an express app 
app = express()
# Get the index route and render our compiled index.html with some data 
app.get 'index'(req, res) ->
  res.render 'index'foo: 'bar'

CLI (coming soon...)

compylr src/path/* dest/path/*
./node_modules/.bin/compylr src/path/* dest/path/*


View and run example/ for an example on how to run uncompiled coffeescript on a sample file. Modify example/sample-angular-template.tpl.html then run coffee example/ to verify that your changes work as expected.


  • Localization
  • Compile whole directories with src and dest directories
  • Support for angular filters
  • Support for other templating languages (e.g. jinja on python)
  • Support for logic sharing
    • On node through code sharing
    • On other platforms (python, java, etc) through expression parsing


Coming soon...