Badass mustache compiler

npm install stalin
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Badass mustache compiler


  • In Soviet Russia template compiles you
  • Compiled templates have no dependencies
  • Minified and gzipped version is 1KB in size
  • Joseph Stalin => stalin.js


# Global
npm -g install stalin

# Local
npm install stalin


  • Lambdas are not supported (no simple way to get template source from compiled one)
  • Partials are functions (templates or helpers at your choise, see below)
  • {{{ }}} Not supported, use {{& }} instead to get unescaped output
  • Magic RegExp characters can not be used as delimiters (ex: {{=[ ]=}})
  • All CRs are converted to LFs before processing
  • LFs from lines with standalone tags are not removed



var Stalin = require('stalin');

/* Compile template and save reference */
Stalin('example', '{{#first}}{{example}}{{/first}}');

/* Render compiled template */
console.log(Stalin.example({ first: true, example: 'Hello, world!' }));

Some internal functions available

  • Stalin.process - compile template to string and return it
  • Stalin.compile - compile, eval and return reference


Partials can be defined as another template

Stalin('link', '<a href="{{&href}}">{{title}}</a>');

or as custom function = function (scope, escape) {
    /* Call to scope() does scope lookup and returns unescaped value */
    return '<a href="' + scope('href') + '">' + escape(scope('title')) + '</a>';

and used later

Stalin('linkbar', '{{#linkbar.length}}<ul>{{#linkbar}}<li>{{>link}}</li>{{/linkbar}}</ul>{{/linkbar.length}}');

    linkbar: [
        { href: '/about',    title: 'About' },
        { href: '/contacts', title: 'Contacts' }

to get result like that

<ul><li><a href="/about">About</a></li><li><a href="/contacts">Contacts</a></li></ul>


# Compile all *.mustache files in folder
# and subfolders and save with .js extension
stalin public/templates/

# Compile single file and print it
stalin public/index.mustache


To use compiled templates without Stalin itself you need to define window.Stalin before loading any template. Templates will register themselves on Stalin object when loaded.

<script>var Stalin = {};</script>
<script src="/templates/index.js"></script>
<script>console.log(Stalin.index({ test: true }));</script>

Copyright and License

Copyright 2013 Alexander Nazarov. All rights reserved.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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