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String templating made {{easy}}

Easybars offers templating similar to Handlebars or Mustache but with more focused features in an impressively small package. We take the best of what makes templates easy to use and drop the burdensome features that bloat or slow other scripts.


  • Small Size
    • We want to be small enough to use in optimized web bundles without adding too much weight.
  • No Encoding by Default
    • We find that in most use cases, users want to insert one HTML snippet into another. Inserting encoded text is simple to do, but it is only done on demand (see below).
  • Dot Notation in Variable Names
    • This helps us organize data effectively at little cost to performance.
  • Escape Chars When Needed
    • We provide an option to escape whatever characters give you trouble
  • Collapse Output Into One Line
    • Easily transform a multi-line template file into a one line string.
  • High Performance
    • We're way faster than Handlebars, only slightly slower than Resig's Micro-Templating.
  • Simple Helpers
    • Because sometimes you just need a little bit of logic. (see below)

How to Install

npm i --save easybars

How to Use

The simple way

easybars(template, data)

const easybars = require('easybars');
const output = easybars('Hello {{name}}!', { name: 'World' });
console.log(output); // Hello World!

The more versatile way

new Easybars()

const Easybars = require('easybars');
const easybars = new Easybars();
const template = easybars.compile('<div class="{{myClass}}">{{{myContent}}}</div>');
const output = template({
    myClass: 'foo',
    myContent: '&bar',
console.log(output); // <div class="foo">&amp;bar</div>

Inserted content is unmodified by default, but if you wish to encode for HTML, add an extra curly to your tags: {{{encodeMe}}}


new Easybars(options)


default is

tags: {
    raw: ['{{','}}'],
    encoded: ['{{{','}}}']


default is false

On occasion, the string returned by the template will need to be written into another file as a string or bundled. Set this option to true to collapse all line breaks and extra spaces in your final rendered output into one condensed line.


default is

encode: {
    '&': '&amp;',
    '<': '&lt;',
    '>': '&gt;',
    '"': '&quot;',
    "'": '&#39;',
    '/': '&#x2F;',
    '`': '&#x60;',
    '=': '&#x3D;',

We find that the most common use case involves trying to insert one snippet of HTML into another and have them both render properly. As such, inserted values are NOT encoded by default. However, sometimes users want to insert text into an html document and they want to be sure not to break the rendering. Using our special "insert encoded" tag (triple curly brackets by default {{{likeThis}}}) will encode any characters that would absolutely break html rendering. When the "insert encoded" tag is used, this character map specifies which characters will be replaced. Passing an object map of characters here will override the default set of encodings with your own.


default is []

Sometimes, inserted values could break your code or lead to security vulnerabilities if not properly escaped. Although none are escaped by default, any characters provided in this Array will be escaped before they are inserted into the template.


default is false

It is not uncommon to nest templates within templates, and it is often useful to replace some vars in one step and leave some for another step. Our default behavior is to leave unmatched variables in the template so that they can be replaced at a later time. If you would prefer to hide unmatched variables, set this option to true to replace them with an empty string.

An example using all options

new Easybars({
    collapse: false,
    encode: {
        '<': '&lt;',
        '>': '&gt;',
        '=': '&#x3D;',
    escape: ['"','8']



The #each helper tag may be used to iterate over each item within a given data object and duplicate the contained template elements each time.

Using #each with an Object

const data = {
    fruits: {
        apple: 'red',
        banana: 'yellow',
easybars('<ul>{{#each fruits}}<li>{{@key}} is {{@value}}</li>{{/each}}</ul>', data);
// <ul><li>apple is red</li><li>banana is yellow</li></ul>

Using #each with an Array

const data = {
    fruits: [
        { name: 'apple' },
        { name: 'banana' },
easybars('<ul>{{#each fruits}}<li>{{@key}} is {{name}}</li>{{/each}}</ul>', data);
// <ul><li>0 is apple</li><li>1 is banana</li></ul>


The #for n helper tag may be used to iterate n number of times and duplicate the contained template elements a maximum of n times. If fewer than n items are available in the collection, the loop will drop out early.

Using #for

const data = {
    fruits: [
        { name: 'apple', color: 'red' },
        { name: 'banana', color: 'yellow' },
        { name: 'kiwi', color: 'green' },
easybars('<ul>{{#for 2 fruits}}<li>{{name}} is {{color}}</li>{{/for}}</ul>', data);
// <ul><li>apple is red</li><li>banana is yellow</li></ul>


The #if helper tag may be used to conditionally display a set of template elements based on the truthiness of a given item in the data object.

Using #if

const data = {
    seasons: {
        fall: true,
        harvest: false,
    fruits: [
        { name: 'apple', color: 'red' },
        { name: 'banana', color: 'yellow' },
        { name: 'kiwi', color: 'green' },
easybars('{{#if fruits}}<ul>{{#for 2 fruits}}<li>{{name}} is {{color}}</li>{{/for}}</ul>{{/if}}', data);
// <ul><li>apple is red</li><li>banana is yellow</li></ul>
easybars('{{#if seasons.fall}}<h1>Harvest {{#if !seasons.harvest}}Soon{{/if}}</h1>{{/if}}', data);
// <h1>Harvest Soon</h1>

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