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A shopify compatible Liquid template engine in pure JavaScript.

Install via npm:

npm install --save liquidjs

Or include the UMD build:

<script src="//"></script>     <!--for production-->
<script src="//"></script>         <!--for development-->

You may need a Promise polyfill for Node.js < 4 and ES5 browsers like IE and Android UC.


Render from String

Just render a template string with a context:

var Liquid = require('liquidjs');
var engine = new Liquid();
    .parseAndRender('{{name | capitalize}}', {name: 'alice'})
    .then(console.log);     // outputs 'Alice'

Caching parsed templates:

var tpl = engine.parse('{{name | capitalize}}');
    .render(tpl, {name: 'alice'})
    .then(console.log);     // outputs 'Alice'

Render from File

var engine = new Liquid({
    root: path.resolve(__dirname, 'views/'),  // root for layouts/includes lookup
    extname: '.liquid'          // used for layouts/includes, defaults ""
    .renderFile("hello", {name: 'alice'})   // will read and render `views/hello.liquid`
    .then(console.log)  // outputs "Alice"

Use with Express.js

// register liquid engine
app.set('views', './views');            // specify the views directory
app.set('view engine', 'liquid');       // set to default

views in express.js will be included when looking up partials(includes and layouts).

Include Partials

// file: color.liquid
color: '{{ color }}' shape: '{{ shape }}'

// file: theme.liquid
{% assign shape = 'circle' %}
{% include 'color' %}
{% include 'color' with 'red' %}
{% include 'color', color: 'yellow', shape: 'square' %}

The output will be:

color: '' shape: 'circle'
color: 'red' shape: 'circle'
color: 'yellow' shape: 'square'

Layout Templates (Extends)

// file: default-layout.liquid
{% block content %}My default content{% endblock %}

// file: page.liquid
{% layout "default-layout" %}
{% block content %}My page content{% endblock %}

The output of page.liquid:

My page content
  • It's possible to define multiple blocks.
  • block name is optional when there's only one block.


The full list of options for Liquid() is listed as following:

  • root is a directory or an array of directories to resolve layouts and includes, as well as the filename passed in when calling .renderFile(). If an array, the files are looked up in the order they occur in the array. Defaults to ["."]

  • extname is used to lookup the template file when filepath doesn't include an extension name. Eg: setting to ".html" will allow including file by basename. Defaults to "".

  • cache indicates whether or not to cache resolved templates. Defaults to false.

  • dynamicPartials: if set, treat <filepath> parameter in {%include filepath %}, {%layout filepath%} as a variable, otherwise as a literal value. Defaults to true.

  • strictFilters is used to enable strict filter existence. If set to false, undefined filters will be rendered as empty string. Otherwise, undefined filters will cause an exception. Defaults to false.

  • strictVariables is used to enable strict variable derivation. If set to false, undefined variables will be rendered as empty string. Otherwise, undefined variables will cause an exception. Defaults to false.

  • trimTagRight is used to strip blank characters (including , \t, and \r) from the right of tags ({% %}) until \n (inclusive). Defaults to false.

  • trimTagLeft is similiar to trimTagRight, whereas the \n is exclusive. Defaults to false. See Whitespace Control for details.

  • trimOutputRight is used to strip blank characters (including , \t, and \r) from the right of values ({{ }}) until \n (inclusive). Defaults to false.

  • trimOutputLeft is similiar to trimOutputRight, whereas the \n is exclusive. Defaults to false. See Whitespace Control for details.

  • tagDelimiterLeft and tagDelimiterRight are used to override the delimiter for liquid tags.

  • outputDelimiterLeft and outputDelimiterRight are used to override the delimiter for liquid outputs.

  • greedy is used to specify whether trim*Left/trim*Right is greedy. When set to true, all consecutive blank characters including \n will be trimed regardless of line breaks. Defaults to true.

Register Filters

// Usage: {{ name | uppper }}
engine.registerFilter('upper', v => v.toUpperCase())

Filter arguments will be passed to the registered filter function, for example:

// Usage: {{ 1 | add: 2, 3 }}
engine.registerFilter('add', (initial, arg1, arg2) => initial + arg1 + arg2)

See existing filter implementations here:

Register Tags

// Usage: {% upper name%}
engine.registerTag('upper', {
    parse: function(tagToken, remainTokens) {
        this.str = tagToken.args; // name
    render: async function(scope, hash) {
        var str = await Liquid.evalValue(this.str, scope); // 'alice'
        return str.toUpperCase()  // 'Alice'
  • parse: Read tokens from remainTokens until your end token.
  • render: Combine scope data with your parsed tokens into HTML string.

See existing tag implementations here:

Plugin API

A pack of tags or filters can be encapsulated into a plugin, which will be typically installed via npm.

// some-plugin.js
module.exports = function (Liquid) {
    // here `this` refers to the engine instance
    // `Liquid` provides facilities to implement tags and filters
    this.registerFilter('foo', x => x);

Plugin List:

  • To add your plugin, contact me or simply send a PR.

Differences With shopify/liquid

Though being compatible with Ruby Liquid is one of our priorities, there're still certain differences. You may need some configuration to get it compatible in these senarios:

  • Dynamic file locating (enabled by default), that means layout/partial names are treated as variables in liquidjs. See #51.
  • Truthy and Falsy. All values except undefined, null, false are truthy, whereas in Ruby Liquid all except nil and false are truthy. See #26.
  • Number Rendering. Since JavaScript do not distinguish float and integer, we cannot either convert between them nor render regarding to their type. See #59.
  • .to_liquid() is replaced by .toLiquid()
  • .to_s() is replaced by JavaScript .toString()

Contribute Guidelines

This repo uses eslint to check code style, semantic-release to generate changelog and publish to npm and Github Releases.


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