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A fast mustache template engine for JavaScript


Mote is (yet) another mustache implementation.

At the moment, it appears to be the fastest JS mustache engine.

It started out as a learning exercise. There was a well-defined spec to measure progress against, and I was just messing around.

Once there was a working implementation, I looked around to see how it compared. Turned out that it was dog-slow. So then the challenge became speed: could mote be competitive with libraries like mustache.js, Handlebars, Hogan, and dust?

The answer, extremely surprising to me, was a resounding yes.

The libraries being tested:

Mustache: 0.5.0-dev Handlebars: 1.0.beta.6 Dust: 0.3.0 Hogan: 1.0.5 Mote: 0.1.0

Each benchmark is run by first compiling the rendering function for each library, then benchmarking it with [benchmark.js].

I'm going to make these runnable online, but for now, these are latest results I get on my machine (run with node bench/bench.js):

mu: Hello World!
ho: Hello World!
mo: Hello World!
hb: Hello World!
du: Hello World!
mustache x 8,580,404 ops/sec ±0.56% (59 runs sampled)
hogan x 12,595,209 ops/sec ±0.60% (61 runs sampled)
mote x 10,011,836 ops/sec ±0.45% (62 runs sampled)
handlebars x 10,171,715 ops/sec ±0.86% (63 runs sampled)
dust x 2,458,468 ops/sec ±0.31% (61 runs sampled)
Fastest: hogan
mu: Hello Mick! You have 30 new messages.
ho: Hello Mick! You have 30 new messages.
mo: Hello Mick! You have 30 new messages.
hb: Hello Mick! You have 30 new messages.
du: Hello Mick! You have 30 new messages.
mustache x 730,556 ops/sec ±0.80% (61 runs sampled)
hogan x 2,138,597 ops/sec ±0.58% (63 runs sampled)
mote x 2,794,455 ops/sec ±0.48% (62 runs sampled)
handlebars x 2,781,628 ops/sec ±0.59% (62 runs sampled)
dust x 1,432,765 ops/sec ±0.51% (61 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote,handlebars
mu: MoeLarryCurlyShemp
ho: MoeLarryCurlyShemp
mo: MoeLarryCurlyShemp
hb: MoeLarryCurlyShemp
du: MoeLarryCurlyShemp
mustache x 292,332 ops/sec ±1.22% (60 runs sampled)
hogan x 844,588 ops/sec ±0.64% (62 runs sampled)
mote x 1,164,609 ops/sec ±0.59% (64 runs sampled)
handlebars x 811,080 ops/sec ±0.93% (56 runs sampled)
dust x 665,598 ops/sec ±0.75% (61 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote
mu: Larry45
ho: Larry45
mo: Larry45
hb: Larry45
du: Larry45
mustache x 510,149 ops/sec ±0.60% (64 runs sampled)
hogan x 1,486,618 ops/sec ±0.62% (61 runs sampled)
mote x 2,239,848 ops/sec ±0.80% (62 runs sampled)
handlebars x 1,305,359 ops/sec ±1.18% (60 runs sampled)
dust x 1,108,808 ops/sec ±0.79% (63 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote
mu: Hello Moe! You have 15 new messages.Hello Larry! You have 5 new messages.Hello Curly! You have 1 new messages.
ho: Hello Moe! You have 15 new messages.Hello Larry! You have 5 new messages.Hello Curly! You have 1 new messages.
mo: Hello Moe! You have 15 new messages.Hello Larry! You have 5 new messages.Hello Curly! You have 1 new messages.
hb: Hello Moe! You have 15 new messages.Hello Larry! You have 5 new messages.Hello Curly! You have 1 new messages.
du: Hello Moe! You have 15 new messages.Hello Larry! You have 5 new messages.Hello Curly! You have 1 new messages.
mustache x 180,849 ops/sec ±0.51% (62 runs sampled)
hogan x 280,071 ops/sec ±0.58% (58 runs sampled)
mote x 581,618 ops/sec ±0.45% (62 runs sampled)
handlebars x 529,142 ops/sec ±1.08% (60 runs sampled)
dust x 489,489 ops/sec ±0.83% (61 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote
mustache x 219,908 ops/sec ±0.53% (60 runs sampled)
hogan x 370,656 ops/sec ±0.83% (63 runs sampled)
mote x 563,740 ops/sec ±0.61% (62 runs sampled)
handlebars x 546,473 ops/sec ±0.92% (55 runs sampled)
dust x 545,433 ops/sec ±1.11% (60 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote,handlebars,dust
mu: <h1>Colors</h1><ul><li><strong>red</strong></li><li><a href="#Green">green</a></li><li><a href="#Blue">blue</a></li></ul>
ho: <h1>Colors</h1><ul><li><strong>red</strong></li><li><a href="#Green">green</a></li><li><a href="#Blue">blue</a></li></ul>
mo: <h1>Colors</h1><ul><li><strong>red</strong></li><li><a href="#Green">green</a></li><li><a href="#Blue">blue</a></li></ul>
hb: <h1>Colors</h1><ul><li><strong>red</strong></li><li><a href="#Green">green</a></li><li><a href="#Blue">blue</a></li></ul>
du: <h1>Colors</h1><ul><li><strong>red</strong></li><li><a href="#Green">green</a></li><li><a href="#Blue">blue</a></li></ul>
mustache x 115,937 ops/sec ±0.55% (64 runs sampled)
hogan x 326,612 ops/sec ±0.77% (63 runs sampled)
mote x 398,851 ops/sec ±0.51% (55 runs sampled)
handlebars x 295,103 ops/sec ±1.02% (63 runs sampled)
dust x 339,315 ops/sec ±0.57% (60 runs sampled)
Fastest: mote

Mote is fully compliant with all the required specs. To run the specs:

node spec/run_specs.js all

There is support for lambdas, but it doesn't follow the spec. It adheres more closely to how Handlebars and dust have implemented lambda functionality. I'll document this better soon, for now you can look through the source.

  • npm packaging
  • utilities for server-side compilation
  • documentation