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A Grunt plugin for pre-compiling Handlebars templates to a single concatenated file (or individually, whichever floats your boat).

Getting Started

IMPORTANT: This plugin requires Grunt 0.4 or higher - it is recommended that you always run the latest version

Install the task:

npm install grunt-handlebars-compiler

Then add this line to your project's Gruntfile.js:


This allows you to use the 'handlebars' task to specify targets!

    handlebars: {
        all: {
                The output will be formatted as a Common JS module, using a require()
                statement where the argument is the Handlebars path provided in the option.
            files: {
                'pkg/template-compile-test.js': 'template/*.handlebars'
            options: {
                exportCommonJS: 'handlebars'
        some: {
                The output will be set to register two templates under 'myApp.templates'
                namespace after stripping the templateRoot:
                    * myApp.templates.template1
                    * myApp.templates.template2
            files: {
                'pkg/template-compile-test2.js': [
            options: {
                namespace: 'myApp.templates',
                templateRoot: 'webApp-',
                knownHelpers: ['if', 'each']

The handlebars task has the following options, none of which are required. The defaults are shown here:

        // specify a character to delimit individual compiled files in the output 
        separator: '\n',
        // specify a namespace for templates to be set to register to 
        namespace: 'Handlebars.templates',
        // export compiled templates as AMD (RequireJS) module 
        exportAMD: false,
        // export as Common JS, provide string path to Handlebars instead of false 
        exportCommonJS: false,
        // only relevant if 'exportAMD === true' - provide path to Handlebars 
        pathToHandlebars: '',
        // provide an array of known helpers 
        knownHelpers: [],
        // compile with known helpers only (requires 'knownHelpers') 
        knownOnly: false,
        // a value to strip from the beginning of template names 
        templateRoot: false,
        // EXPERIMENTAL: specify that target templates are partials 
        partial: false,
        // return templates 
        returnTemplates: false,
        // only relevant if 'exportAMD: true' - return the module directly for use 
        returnAMD: false
        // uses Handlebars whitespace control to compress HTML (but not Handlebars syntax; you'll have to do that yourself) 
        compress: false
        // uses UglifyJS to minify the compiled output 
        min: false

Note: You may choose only one 'exportX' option. (Eg. you can't use exportAMD and exportCommonJS on the same task. That would just be straight silly.)


The handlebars task is a multi task, meaning that it will implicitly iterate over all of its targets if no target is specified.


The test suite can be run using grunt test, which uses Nodeunit


Feel free to fork if you see possible improvements or contact me directly if you want to contribute to this project (or just submit a pull request):



This project is licensed under the MIT license.