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Logic-less templates for .NET
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Nustache - Logic-less templates for .NET

Nustache.Core Nustache.Core

  • Nustache.Core: Nustache.Core
  • Nustache.Mvc3: Nustache.Mvc3
  • Nustache.Compliation: Nustache.Compliation

NEW NOTICE - 2015-03-29:

Hello, as you may have noticed this repository has been silent for awhile. I worked on it awhile ago when I had a problem but didn't contribute any more.

I'm planning to commit some time to looking at outstanding pull-requests and issues and try get the project moving again. With that in mind feel free to open issues and contribute pull requests.

  • Romanx

NOTICE (JDiamond):

I haven't used Nustache in a while and don't have enough bandwidth to responsibly maintain it. If you depend on Nustache and want committ access, please contat me!

For a list of implementations (other than .NET) and editor plugins, see


  • Pull from GitHub or download the repository and build it.
  • Or, install via NuGet (search for Nustache).
  • If you're using MVC, you'll want to build/install the Nustache.Mvc3 project, too.


For non-MVC projects:

  • Add a reference to Nustache.Core.dll (done for you if you used NuGet).
  • Import the Nustache.Core namespace.
  • Use one of the static, helper methods on the Render class.
var html = Render.FileToString("foo.template", myData);
  • Data can be object, IDictionary, or DataTable.
  • If you need more control, use Render.Template.
  • See the source and tests for more information.
  • For compiled templates:
var template = new Template();
template.Load(new StringReader(templateText));
var compiled = template.Compile<Foo>(null);

var html = compiled(fooInstance);

For MVC projects:

  • Add a reference to Nustache.Mvc3.dll (done for you if you used NuGet).
  • Add NustacheViewEngine to the global list of view engines.
  • See Global.asax.cs in the Nustache.Mvc3.Example project for an example.


  • Command-line wrapper around Render.FileToFile.
  • Parameters are templatePath, dataPath, and outputPath.
  • Reads JSON or XML from dataPath for data.

    • If extension is .js or .json, assumes JSON. Must wrap with { }.
    • If extension is .xml, assumes XML. Initial context is the document element.

      nustache.exe foo.template myData.json foo.html
  • External templates are assumed to be in the same folder as the template mentioned in templatePath.

  • Extension is also assumed to be the same as the template in templatePath.


  • The same as Mustache with some extensions.
  • Support for defining internal templates:
{{<foo}}This is the foo template.{{/foo}}
The above doesn't get rendered until it's included
like this:

You can define templates inside sections. They override templates defined in outer sections which override external templates.


  • Build with VS2012 or MSBuild.
  • To run the tests that use Mustache specs, run this command from your Nustache clone:
git submodule update --init
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