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Lightweight and minimal HTML template helpers powered by native DOM

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Server-side-rendering (SSR) mode available via node-data-template

Installation (with CDN)

Drop below line in your html with automatic patch updates:

<script src=""></script>
Or specify the exact version with integrity protection:
You can use the minified version as well:

Get Started (with template project)

For new project without existing files, you can use the data-template cli to setup a simple project from template.

npx data-template my-app
cd my-app
# then see the guides in the console output and file


  • [x] apply data into dom based on dataset (data-*) attributes
  • [x] auto repeat elements if the value is an array
  • [x] support fragments with nested template
  • [x] fetch and cache html template and api response with localStorage
  • [x] helper functions to do ajax and input format (date/time)
  • [x] lightweight, 1KB minified and gzipped

Supported data-* attributes:

category attributes
general text, class, id, title
link href
media src, alt
display hidden, show, if
input value, checked, selected, disabled, readonly
dialog open
form action, onsubmit
event onclick

Quick Example with CDN

(For script tag with exact version and integrity checksum, see above section)

<script src=""></script>

<header id="header" data-template="header.html"></header>

<main id="main" data-template="article" data-bind="articles">
  loading articles...

<template data-name="article">
    <h2 data-text="title"></h2>
    <ul class="tags">
      <li class="tag" data-text="tags"></li>
    <p data-text="intro"></p>
    <a data-href="detail" data-class="highlight">Details</a>


  getJSON('/articles').then(articles => renderTemplate(main, { articles }))
  /* sample data:
      title: '...',
      tags: ['a', 'b'],
      intro: '...',
      detail: '/article.html?id=1',
      highlight: false,
      title: '...',
      tags: [],
      intro: '...',
      detail: '/article.html?id=2',
      highlight: true,

More examples see template/public


Render Functions:

// render data-* attributes
function renderData(container, values);

// render template on specific host element
function renderTemplate(hostElement, binds);

// recursive scan for templates and render them
function scanTemplates(rootElement, binds);

// populate the form using values from the object
function fillForm(form, object);

Format Functions:

// prepend '0' of the number is less than ten
function d2(number);

// convert to 'YYYY-MM-DD' format for input[type=date]
function toInputDate(date_or_time_or_string);

// convert to 'HH:mm' format for input[type=time]
function toInputTime(date_or_time_or_string);

AJAX Functions:

// return promise of string, cached with localStorage
function getText(url, options, callback);

// return promise of json value, cached with localStorage
function getJSON(url, options, callback);

// submit form with ajax request in application/json
function submitJSON(event_or_form): Promise<Response>

// submit form with ajax request in application/x-www-form-urlencoded or url search parameters
function submitForm(event_or_form): Promise<Response>

// submit form with ajax request in multipart/form-data
function uploadForm(event_or_form): Promise<Response>

// send ajax request in application/json
function postJSON(url, body): Promise<Response>
function patchJSON(url, body): Promise<Response>
function putJSON(url, body): Promise<Response>

// send ajax request with DELETE method
function del(url): Promise<Response>

For the getText() and getJSON() functions, the options and cb arguments are optional.

The options object is the second argument passed to the fetch function.

The callback function will be called with cached and/or fetched data (details).

If is recommended to provide { cache: 'reload' } in the options or use callback function to receive the data if you want to avoid staled view.

The returned promise can be used to do error handling.

When will the callback function be called

If the fetching data is already cached by url, the callback will be called immediately. Then the data will be fetched no matter cached or not. If the newly fetched data is different from the cached data, the callback will be called again.


Format File Size
base.js 5.3 KB
base.min.js 2.9 KB
base.min.js.gz 1.4 KB


This project is licensed with BSD-2-Clause

This is free, libre, and open-source software. It comes down to four essential freedoms [ref]:

  • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others

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