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For changes see the Changelog. You can also find older versions at 0.x

About Brisket

Brisket is a framework for building single page web apps using isomorphic JavaScript. A Brisket app is both a traditional web site AND a single page web application at the same time. Brisket provides the tools that you need to spend your time focusing on your application's logic rather than on "what environment is my code running in?".

Getting Started

Using generator-brisket is the fastest way to get started.

Install Yeoman:

npm install -g yo

To install generator-brisket from npm, run:

npm install -g generator-brisket

Create a directory for your app:

mkdir projectname
cd projectname

Finally, initiate the generator and run your app:

yo brisket && npm start

Your first brisket app will be available at http://localhost:8080

Getting More Started

Now that you have a working app, check out our Recipes for common use cases.


Brisket Concepts And High Level Systems

Brisket's Parts

  • Brisket.App: Initialize your application with Brisket.App.
  • Brisket.createServer: A function that returns an express engine that you can use in your application to run the server.
  • Brisket.Router: An implementation of Backbone.Router that routes on client and server.
  • Brisket.Events: A proxy to Backbone.Events that exposes a noop on the server to avoid server-side memory leaks.
  • Brisket.View: Our version of a Backbone.View that allows support for some of the core features - reattaching views, child view management, memory management, etc.
  • Brisket.Layout: A specialized View that handles meta tags, page title, etc.
  • Brisket.Templating.TemplateAdapter: Inherit from this to tell Brisket how to render templates.
  • Brisket.Templating.StringTemplateAdapter: The default template adapter. Set a View's template key to be a string template to get started.
  • Brisket.version: The version of Brisket. On the client, the version can be accessed by window.Brisket.version.
  • Brisket.onError: Registers error callback.

Using Brisket in your project

Install the Brisket into your project:

npm install brisket --save

Bundling your Brisket application

Check the Bundling With Browserify Recipe!

Compatibility and Requirements

Please refer to package.json for Brisket's dependencies

Node.js Support

Brisket officially supports Node.js >=4.0.0 i.e. it is tested in the latest versions of Node. However Brisket likely works with Node 0.10.0, 0.11.0, 0.12.0, and io.js >=3.0.0.

Browser Support

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS 6+, Android 4+, Internet Explorer 9+

For support in older versions of IE you can include your favorite shim libraries in the head of your layout. For example to support IE8 include the following in your head tag:

<!--[if lt IE 9]>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='//'></script>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='//'></script>

To support IE7, include the snippet above AND the following:

<!--[if lt IE 8]>
    <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>

Note: In IEs < 10, the single page app functionality that Brisket provides will not work since pushState is not available. Brisket does not support hash tag SPA's. When the SPA functionality is disabled, Brisket will operate like a standard website i.e. clicking application links will cause a page reload.


Install dependencies:

$ npm install

To run the test suite:

$ npm test

To run benchmarks:

$ npm run benchmarks


jsdom error with Legacy Node.js and io.js

For Node.js 0.10.x, 0.11.x and 0.12.x, specify the version of jsdom to be v3.x,

rm -rf ./node_modules/brisket/node_modules/jsdom
npm install jsdom@3 --save

For io.js, specify the version of jsdom to be v6.x,

rm -rf ./node_modules/brisket/node_modules/jsdom
npm install jsdom@6 --save


Apache License (Version 2). See license text in LICENSE.

Copyrights and Names

Brisket originated at Bloomberg Finance LP. The name 'Brisket' is a service mark of Bloomberg LP.

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