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About ThickMustache

ThickMustache is an extension of Mustache.php

ThickMustache extends Mustache by adding the following:

  • work with template directory
  • include other template files
  • assign variables
  • defined raw blocks, which will not be converted upon render
  • Can be used in any framework
  • Requires PHP 5.3


Please go the examples directory for some examples

About Mustache

Mustache is a logic-less template engine Mustache

Mustache can be used for HTML, config files, source code - anything. It works by expanding tags in a template using values provided in a hash or object.

We call it "logic-less" because there are no if statements, else clauses, or for loops. Instead there are only tags. Some tags are replaced with a value, some nothing, and others a series of values.

A typical Mustache template:

    Hello {{name}}
    You have just won ${{value}}!
    Well, ${{taxed_value}}, after taxes.

Given the following hash:

      "name": "Chris",
      "value": 10000,
      "taxed_value": 10000 - (10000 * 0.4),
      "in_ca": true

Will produce the following:

    Hello Chris
    You have just won $10000!
    Well, $6000.0, after taxes.

Download ThickMustache

ThickMustache requires Mustache.php. However, this repo uses Submodule to link to Mustache.php, but GitHub doesn't support submodules when downloading from the Download Link on the page.

The best way to get ThickMustache is to Clone it by using the method below. Or you can still download ThickMustache, by clicking on the Download Link, but you will have to download Mustache.php also. plains the different types of Mustache tags.

Cloning ThickMustache

ThickMustache uses submodules for Mustache.php . After you clone ThickMustache, you will need to to init and update the submodules.

Use the code below to clone ThickMustache and get the Mustache Submodule:

git clone --recursive git://


git clone git://
git submodule update --init

ThickMustache is OOP

ThickMustache allows you to assign variables, add templates and define raws. ThickMustache can be added in your framework etc... and it's OOP


$TM = new ThickMustache("My/Dir/Template");


                "{$text} is an awesome place";


    print $TM->render("MyTemplate");

ThickMustache Methods:

  • __construct($templateDir)

  • setDir($dir) : Set the working directort

  • assign($key,$val) : Assign variables

  • unassign($key) : To unassign a var

  • addTemplate($name,$src) : Add a template file

  • addTemplateString($name,$content) : Add a template string

  • render($name) : render the template

  • reparse() : To reparse the template. By default template can be reparsed once.

New Markups

ThickMustache keeps everything the same

Include: to include other template files in the working template

include the file from the working dir

    {{%include filename.html}}

include file outside of the working dir, pay attention at !

    {{%include !/my/other/path/file.html}} 

include a file reference name, which was loaded with ThickMustache::addTemplate($name,$src)

    {{%include @TemplateName}} : 

Raw: Mustache tags between {{%raw}}{{/raw}} will not be parsed.

           {{name}} {{value}}
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