Grunt plugin to convert typical handlebarsJS templates to Freemarker templates
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Converts handlebarsJS templates and layouts to Freemarker templates

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-hbs2ftl --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


The "generate_layout" and "generate_templates" tasks


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named generate_templates and/or generate_layout to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig(). For convenience, it's recommended to set input and output paths in the gruntfile execution scope.

var viewsPath = __dirname + '/path/to/handlebars/templates',
  ftlPath = __dirname + '/path/to/ftls';
  generate_layout : {
    all_layouts : {
      files : [{
        expand : true,
        cwd : viewsPath + '/layouts/',
        src : [ '*.hbs' ],
        dest : ftlPath + '/layouts/', // path to ftl output folder relative to this Gruntfile.js
        ext : '.ftl'

  generate_templates : {
    all_hbs : {
      files : [{
        expand : true,
        cwd : viewsPath + '/',
        src : [ '**/*.hbs', '!**/layouts/*.hbs' ],
        dest : ftlPath + '/', // path to ftl output folder relative to this Gruntfile.js
        ext : '.ftl'


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

Release History

0.1.0 alpha with limited functionality released to the wild 0.1.1 cleanup for github and npm publishing 0.1.2 updated, cruft pulled. 0.1.3 references to internal name refactored to grunt-hbs2ftl 0.1.6 handling handlebarsJS {{#with}} expression 0.1.14 handling of embedded {{#each}}'s as well as peer {{#each}}'s at all depths. 0.1.16 handling {{#with}} changing execution scope context in freemarker 0.1.18 much better handling of helpers 0.1.19 converting hbs' .length to ftl's .size 0.1.25 handling of if/eq/ne/lt/lte/gt/gte & unless using type and value checks