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Best JavaScript Template Engines for Front-end Development

Best JavaScript Template Engines for Front-end Development

JavaScript  also known as ECMAScript, is a dynamic programming language. It is most commonly used as part of web browsers, whose implementations allow client-side scripts tointeract with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter the document content that is displayed

JavaScript libraries in no way declining, and the number is growing each day. When it comes to building JavaScript applications, it’s better to rely on templates than on full-scale libraries, because it enables us to have a much cleaner code base, and much better workflow to work with.

Best JavaScript Template Engines for Front-end Development


ICanHaz.js   client side templating with Mustache.js and jQuery or Zepto.js




Handlebars.js  Minimal Templating on Steroids




Try Transparency

Transparency is a client-side template engine which binds data to DOM. Write easily understandable, native HTML and everything is plain, good old JavaScript. No need to learn comprehensive templating syntax, it’s all transparent and easy to use.


doT.js   the fastest and concise javascript template engine for Node.js and browsers

Just something for the Node.js community. doT.js is fast, small and has no dependencies. It was built in order to find the breaking point for speed and flexibility, and it certainly has achieved that feat.




kylebarrow chibi

Chibi is all about saving bandwidth and time that it takes to present a template, it’s a little tiny JavaScript library that will help you better template your apps, and focus more on things like CSS, instead of using animations.


archan937 github   templayed.js   demo


ECT   Fastest JavaScript template engine with CoffeeScript syntax

Just like templayed, ECT also has a demo setup on its homepage that you can play with and see live results. It’s built for speed, and claims to be the fastest templating engine for JavaScript.

It’s compatible with Node.js, and has a very easy to understand syntax.



caolan pithy


gcao T.js



Built by Mozilla, Nunjucks is for those who need fast performance and flexibility that’s offered by the ability to extend the library with custom features and plugins.


Jade   Template Engine


Dustjs by linkedin

Dust extends Mustache, and offers high quality performance compared to other solutions you might find in this list. Also includes a very easy to use, clean API.

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