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Rust template engine benchmarks

This repo tries to assess Rust template engine performance. Following the download ratings from, these nine projects are assessed:

  • write!: the std library write! macro
  • Handlebars: Handlebars templating implemented in Rust
  • Tera: template engine based on Jinja2/Django templates
  • Liquid: the liquid templating language for Rust
  • Askama: type-safe, compiled Jinja-like templates for Rust
  • horrorshow: a templating library written in rust macros
  • ructe: Rust Compiled Templates, efficient type-safe web page templates
  • fomat: alternative syntax for print/write/format-like macros with a small templating language
  • markup: A blazing fast, type-safe template engine for Rust.


As a violin plot generated by Criterion:

Big table violin plot Teams violin plot

Numbers, as output by Criterion:

Big table/Askama        time:   [633.96 us 637.64 us 642.44 us]
Big table/fomat         time:   [373.34 us 374.90 us 376.72 us]
Big table/Handlebars    time:   [72.017 ms 72.110 ms 72.222 ms]
Big table/Horrorshow    time:   [346.48 us 348.37 us 351.12 us]
Big table/Liquid        time:   [12.152 ms 12.180 ms 12.213 ms]
Big table/Markup        time:   [253.78 us 254.08 us 254.40 us]
Big table/Ructe         time:   [618.98 us 623.51 us 630.23 us]
Big table/Tera          time:   [3.8208 ms 3.8350 ms 3.8492 ms]
Big table/write         time:   [328.19 us 328.66 us 329.13 us]

Teams/Askama            time:   [1.0681 us 1.0801 us 1.0916 us]
Teams/fomat             time:   [680.61 ns 684.25 ns 687.99 ns]
Teams/Handlebars        time:   [51.387 us 51.567 us 51.793 us]
Teams/Horrorshow        time:   [515.99 ns 518.41 ns 521.02 ns]
Teams/Liquid            time:   [13.848 us 13.885 us 13.923 us]
Teams/Markup            time:   [827.98 ns 856.04 ns 884.41 ns]
Teams/Ructe             time:   [1.0893 us 1.1180 us 1.1458 us]
Teams/Tera              time:   [13.220 us 13.271 us 13.325 us]
Teams/write             time:   [769.58 ns 787.58 ns 806.07 ns]

Running the benchmarks

$ cargo bench

Plots will be rendered if gnuplot is installed and will be available in the target/criterion folder.

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