Crunches EJS templates into library-independent functions


Crunches EJS templates into library-independent functions, meaning you don't have to have EJS on the client-side

There are two ways to use this module. It will integrate directly as a connect-assetmanager premanipulate function (it will prepend the code to the file) or you can simply export the file contents to a string and write them to disk )or do whatever else you want)


    files:                  /* 
                             * STRING or ARRAY
                             * Either a string that represents a path (will recursivly walk the dir), 
                             * or an array of strings representing paths (is not recursive)
    fileType:               /* 
                             * STRING 
                             * Default is 'ejs', however if they have a different extension provide it here
                             * (Only applicable when providing a directory for recursion)
    connectPremanipulate:   /* 
                             * BOOLEAN
                             * Whether the return type should 
                             * be of Connect Assetmanager Premanipulate function 
                             * or string of file contents 

In your assetsGroups creation file put the following in whatever assetGroup you'd like to prepend the templates to:

preManipulate: {
                '^': [
                        files: './views/partials',
                        connectPremanipulate: true
// To get file Source
var fileSource = require('ejs-crunch')({
    files: __dirname + '/views/partials'
// Then do something like write to a file, so gruntjs can use it
fs.writeFileSync('./static/test.js', fileContents);


  • Use async to create a concurrent file reading queue (make whole library run in async rather than sync)
  • Add option to name global Templates object
  • Possibly internalize the fileWriting as an option
  • Add support for other libraries?