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$ yarn add tarima --dev

Tarima is a pre-processing tool based on filename extensions.

1.0 - How it works

Lets say view.js.rv.pug will produce a pre-compiled template for Ractive, which is rendered from pug, etc.

If you omit the js extension then view.rv.pug will produce markup, since html is the default extension for the Ractive engine.

You can add as many extensions you want, whilst the output is valid input for the next renderer in the chain.

1.1 - Parsing

load(filename, options) — Shortcut for calling parse() from reading the given filename with fs.readFileSync().

See below. ↓

parse(filename, source, options) — Primary method for turning the given source into a abstract representation of itself.

The filename is required but not required to exists, is just a hint for tarima to understand what to do with it.

The resulting object will contain a render() callback and params object, respectively:

  • view.render(locals, callback) — Performs the transpilation on the given source, producing a new source.

  • view.params — An object like:

  "filename": "view.rv.pug",
  "options": {}, // passed options to the factory
  "source": "<x>y</x>",
  "parts": ["ract", "pug"],
  "name": "view",
  "data": {}, // any data passed as front-matter
  "deps": [], // all imported-or-required sources
  "locals": {}, // values passed from the callback
  "isScript": false, // true for all exported modules

1.2 - Rendering


const tarima = require('tarima');
const view = tarima.parse('view.rv.pug', 'x {{"y"}}');
// direct
view.render((err, result) => {
  console.log(err, result);

1.3 - Bundling

view.bundle(locals, callback) — Performs the transpilation on the given source, and turn it into a new module.


// bundled
view.bundle(locals, (err, result) => {
  console.log(err, result);


  • cwd — Save all file paths relative to this directory
  • cache — Cache object being used by Rollup.js
  • rollup — Configuration object used by Rollup.js
  • fusebox — Configuration object used by FuseBox
  • webpack — Configuration object used by Webpack
  • bundler — Shortcut for setting the given bundler as default

You can enable an specific bundler in several ways:

# from any source 
$bundler: fusebox
# from settings 
    "webpack": {},
# from command-line 
$ tarima -B fusebox

Settings under bundleOptions.webpack has precedence over bundleOptions.bundler and therefore webpack is used as bundler.

The former option (bundleOptions.bundler) is preferred if no advanced settings are needed.

1.4 - Front Matter

All parsed files can use a front-matter block for local data.

  title: Untitled
  $render: other/layout.hbs
  extended: !include ../path/to.yml
h1= title + extended.some.value

Note you can merge additional files using the !include directive within any front-matter block.

Special keys

Tarima use some predefined keys in order to customize certain aspects of rendering, transpilation or bundling individually:

  • $format — This value is passed directly as format option for rollup, available formats are: amd, js, es6, iife, umd
  • $bundle — This value will be used as the exported symbol on bundles
  • $render — Render the current output as yield for the given source file
  • $bundler — Set a custom bundler (instead of the default) for this source only
  • $globals — Global variables to bundle explicitly
  • $external — External modules to bundle explicitly
  • $transpiler — Set the transpiler for all ES6 sources

2.0 - Supported engines

You can install the following dependencies for specific support:

  • yarn add vue-template-compiler.vue component files and templates
  • yarn add and .litcoffee (aka
  • yarn add sources (experimental)
  • yarn add pug.pug and .jade (legacy)
  • yarn add sass-node.sass and .scss
  • yarn add less.less
  • yarn add ejs.ejs
  • yarn add styl.styl
  • yarn add handlebars.hbs
  • yarn add ractive.ract and .rv
  • yarn add, .mkd
  • yarn add and .moon
  • yarn add and .marko
  • yarn add and .svelte
  • yarn add buble.jsx and .es6.js
  • yarn add traceur.jsx and .es6.js
  • yarn add typescript.ts and .tsx
  • yarn add and .liquid
  • yarn add babel-core@^5.jsx and .es6.js

Tarima doesn't ship any dependency for the supported engines, is your responsibility to install whatever you will need.

2.1 - ES6 support

Tarima supports .es6 through Bublé which is so damn fast and lot constrained than Babel, of course you can use Traceur too.

Babel — yarn add babel-core@^6 babel-preset-es2015 to get the latest babel version with es2015 as default preset:

  "bundleOptions": {
    "babel": {
      "presets": [["es2015", {}]]

2.2 - Globals (and data)

As part of the transpilation process you can put any value as global using the globals option:

tarima.parse('x.js', '/* global foo */console.log(foo);', {
  globals: {
    foo: 'bar'
}).render((err, result) => {

The previous code will output this:

var foo = "bar";

All given globals are injected in the sample place as the /* global */ comment is declared.

Also you can pass any value, even functions, because all values are normalized through the tosource module.

Local data (either passed manually and front-matter) is always merged with globals, e.g.

foo: bar
/* global foo */

Resulting into:

var foo = "bar";

Using this technique your code will always be valid on syntax terms. ;)

The bundler will merge up all with the before processing.

Note globals are injected during the post-filterfor all script sources, see below.


Tarima handle sources this way: read -> pre-filter -> compile -> post-filter.

Passing a function as the filter option brings you the ability to modify the partial view during the pre-filter phase.


All supported templates can take locals, you can pass any values when calling .render(locals, cb) to draw them during the compile (or render) process.

3.0 - Command Line Interface

  1. It can take any amount of files and produce different outputs based on supplied configuration, you can filter out some files, rename different subests, bundle them, etc.

  2. Provides a simple hook system to catch-all non supported files, then are piped out to different handlers if they exists.

  3. Otherwise, all non supported files are simply copied.

It comes with basic dependency tracking, so any change will affect only its dependent sources.

3.1 - Basic usage

The best way is adding tarima as dependency, global or locally, and then setup your package.json for using it:

{ // package.json
  "scripts": {
    "dev": "tarima -w",
    "build": "tarima -f"

Now calling yarn dev will start in watch-mode and yarn build will force a complete rebuild of all sources.

The default source directory is ./src if you need anything else you can provide arguments, e.g. tarima -S foo -S bar which will watch more directories.

Use directory names only without globs as they will be compiled like {foo,bar}/**

Also you can specify this option in your package.json file:

  "tarima": {
    "src": ["foo", "bar"]

3.2 - Handling sources

All files then are read or watch from given directories, any change will trigger a compilation process.

This process will transpile the given source file if tarima supports it, if not it will be piped or copied as stated above.

Basically you can write ./src/ and obtain ./build/src/index.html as result.

You'll notice that the source's filepath will be maintained as is, because you can specify multiple source directories and it will be difficult to resolve everything.

You can use the rename option for cut-off directories from the destination filepath:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "rename": [

This will match ./src/ to ./build/index.html directly.

The {basedir/1} expression will split the source's dirname and remove the first directory from its left, e.g. ./dest/src/file.ext becomes ./dest/file.ext and such.

Tarima will let you organize your source files as your pleasure, and them process them as you expect, to write them finally wherever you want.

Not a complete building tool but damn useful for daily work.

3.3 - Notifications

Tarima will use node-notifier to display some feedback about the process.

You can customize some values of the notification popup:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "notifications": {
      "title": "My app",
      "okIcon": "./success.png",
      "errIcon": "./failure.png"

3.4 - Caching support

Tarima is efficient by tracking dependencies using a json-file for caching, this way on each startup nothing will be compiled unless they are changes or dirty files.

By default the cache file is .tarima, but you use a different file specifying the cacheFile option:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "cacheFile": "tmp/cache.json"

3.5 - Bundle support

By default all scripts are transpiled only, you must enable the bundle option for globally treat each entry-point as bundle.

This option can be true to enable bundling on all files (filtered), a glob string, or an array of globs.

Files matching the globs will be treated as entry-points, see below.

Or locally set the $bundle option as front-matter:

$bundle: true
import { getValue } from './other/script';
export default function () {
  return getValue(...arguments);

When using $bundle you don't need to declare it on each imported file, only within the entry-points you want to bundle.

On javascript you can use the tilde prefix for loading sources from the cwd, e.g.

import pkg from '~/package.json';

Even stylesheets are entry-points by nature:

@import 'colors.less';
a { color: @link-text-color; }

So you don't need anything else to bundle stylesheets. ;)

3.6 - Ignoring sources

Ignoring sources will skip all matched files from watching, Tarima will never track them for any purpose.

You can use the ignoreFiles to provide a glob-based file with patterns to be ignored.


{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "ignoreFiles": [".gitignore"]

Any .gitignore compatible format is supported.

3.7 - Filtering sources

Filtered sources are watched but not used for any transpilation process, they are ignored because they should be imported from any other entry-point file.

A common pattern is ignoring everything which starts with underscore:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "filter": [

3.8 - Rollup.js

You can provide a configuration file for rollup using the rollupFile option:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "rollupFile": "rollup.config.js"

The src and dest options are ignored since tarima will override them internally.

You can setup the specific behavior of bundling using bundleOptions:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "bundleOptions": {
      "transpiler": "babel"
      "less": { "plugins": [] }

All given options are passed directly when calling the view.bundle() method.

3.9 - Locals

You can pass a global locals object accesible for all parsed templates, this way you can reuse anything do you need:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "locals": {
      "title": "My project"

Given locals are passed directly when calling any render() method on Tarima.

3.10 - Plugins

Using the plugins option you can declare scripts or modules to be loaded and perform specific tasks, common plugins are:

  • talavera — support for sprites and lazy loading
  • tarima-lr — LiveReload integration (light-weight)
  • tarima-bower — quick support for optional bower files
  • tarima-browser-sync — BrowserSync integration (heavy)

Some plugins can take its configuration from pluginOptions or directly from the main configuration:

{ // package.json
  "tarima": {
    "pluginOptions": {
      "bower": { "bundle": true }

All plugins are loaded automatically by Tarima on the startup.

devPlugins are loaded only if the dev-mode is enabled (aka NODE_ENV=development)

3.11 - Settings

  • cwd
  • src
  • dest
  • public
  • cacheFile
  • rename
  • filter
  • ignore
  • ignoreFiles
  • watch
  • bundle
  • bundleOptions
  • plugins
  • devPlugins
  • pluginOptions
  • flags
  • locals
  • reloader
  • notifications

WIP: this document is being updated...