A Grunt plugin that precompiles Handlebars templates for Ember.js
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Precompile Handlebars templates for Ember.js.

Getting Started

Important: the latest version of this plugin is only compatible with grunt.js 0.4.0rc5. For compatibility with grunt.js 0.3, please use v0.2.0 of this plugin.

Install this grunt plugin next to your project's grunt.js gruntfile with: npm install grunt-ember-templates

Then add this line to your project's grunt.js gruntfile:



Inside your grunt.js file, add a section named ember_templates. This section specifies the files to compile and the options used with handlebars.

files object

This defines what files this task will process and should contain key:value pairs.

The key (destination) should be an unique filepath (supports grunt.template) and the value (source) should be a filepath or an array of filepaths (supports minimatch).

Note: Values are precompiled to the Ember.TEMPLATES array in the order passed.

options object

This controls how this task operates and should contain key:value pairs, see options below.


templateName function

This option accepts a function which takes one argument (the source template filepath) and returns a string which will be used as the key for the precompiled template object. The example below stores all templates on the default JST namespace in capital letters.

options: {
  templateName: function(sourceFile) {
    return sourceFile.replace(/path\/to\/templates\//, '');

Config Example

ember_templates: {
  compile: {
    options: {
      templateName: function(sourceFile) {
        return sourceFile.replace(/path\/to\//, '');
    files: {
      "path/to/result.js": "path/to/source.handlebars",
      "path/to/another.js": ["path/to/sources/*.handlebars", "path/to/more/*.handlebars"]

Here's an example task that watches for changes to your templates and automatically recompiles them:

watch: {
  ember_templates: {
    files: 'app/scripts/**/*.handlebars',
    tasks: 'ember_templates reload'


Many thanks to the following projects upon which this was based:

I created this project as an alternative to grunt-ember-handlebars for the following reasons:

  • to provide maximum compatibility with the grunt-contrib project, using features such as destination:source file arguments
  • to allow for customizable template names based upon source file paths

Release History

  • 2013/01/10 - v0.4.2rc5 - Updated dependencies to be compatible with grunt 0.4.0rc5 - thanks @trev!
  • 2013/01/01 - v0.4.1 - Fixed file pattern matching
  • 2012/12/26 - v0.4.0 - Upgraded for grunt 0.4.0 compatibility - thanks @trek!
  • 2012/10/11 - v0.2.0 - Renamed grunt-ember-templates from grunt-contrib-ember.
  • 2012/09/28 - v0.1.0 - Initial release.