Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: JavaScript
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Templating Engines     Template     Mustache    
Latest version: v3.0.2

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Hogan.js - A mustache compiler. Build Status

Hogan.js is a compiler for the Mustache templating language. For information on Mustache, see the manpage and the spec.


Hogan compiles templates to HoganTemplate objects, which have a render method.

var data = {
  screenName: "dhg",

var template = Hogan.compile("Follow @{{screenName}}.");
var output = template.render(data);

// prints "Follow @dhg."


Hogan is fast--try it on your workload.

Hogan has separate scanning, parsing and code generation phases. This way it's possible to add new features without touching the scanner at all, and many different code generation techniques can be tried without changing the parser.

Hogan exposes scan and parse methods. These can be useful for pre-processing templates on the server.

var text = "{{^check}}{{#i18n}}No{{/i18n}}{{/check}}";
text +=  "{{#check}}{{#i18n}}Yes{{/i18n}}{{/check}}";
var tree = Hogan.parse(Hogan.scan(text));

// outputs "# check"
console.log(tree[0].tag + " " + tree[0].name);

// outputs "Yes"

It's also possible to use HoganTemplate objects without the Hogan compiler present. That means you can pre-compile your templates on the server, and avoid shipping the compiler. However, the optional lambda features from the Mustache spec require the compiler and the original template source to be present.

Hogan also supports template inheritance, and maintains compatibility with other implementations like mustache.java, mustache.php, and GRMustache

Why Hogan.js?

Why another templating library?

Hogan.js was written to meet three templating library requirements: good performance, standalone template objects, and a parser API.



npm install hogan.js


component install twitter/hogan.js

Compilation options

The second argument to Hogan.compile is an options hash.

var text = "my <%example%> template."
Hogan.compile(text, {delimiters: '<% %>'});

There are currently four valid options.

asString: return the compiled template as a string. This feature is used by hulk to produce strings containing pre-compiled templates.

sectionTags: allow custom tags that require opening and closing tags, and treat them as though they were section tags.

var text = "my {{_foo}}example{{/foo}} template."
Hogan.compile(text, { sectionTags: [{o: '_foo', c: 'foo'}]});

The value is an array of object with o and c fields that indicate names for custom section tags. The example above allows parsing of {{_foo}}{{/foo}}.

delimiters: A string that overrides the default delimiters. Example: "<% %>".

disableLambda: disables the higher-order sections / lambda-replace features of Mustache.


Have a bug? Please create an issue here on GitHub!



For transparency and insight into our release cycle, releases will be numbered with the follow format:


And constructed with the following guidelines:

  • Breaking backwards compatibility bumps the major
  • New additions without breaking backwards compatibility bumps the minor
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bump the patch

For more information on semantic versioning, please visit http://semver.org/.


To run the tests you first need to update all git submodules.

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update

Unit tests are written using QUnit. To run them, open test/index.html in a browser.

Use node to run all tests from the mustache spec.

$ node test/spec.js


Robert Sayre

Jacob Thornton


Copyright 2011 Twitter, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the hogan.js README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.