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MiniJinja: a powerful template engine for Rust with minimal dependencies

Build Status License rustc 1.61.0 Documentation

MiniJinja is a powerful but minimal dependency template engine for Rust which is based on the syntax and behavior of the Jinja2 template engine for Python.

It's implemented on top of serde and only has it as a single required dependency. It supports a range of features from Jinja2 including inheritance, filters and more. The goal is that it should be possible to use some templates in Rust programs without the fear of pulling in complex dependencies for a small problem. Additionally it tries not to re-invent something but stay in line with prior art to leverage an already existing ecosystem of editor integrations.

$ cargo tree
minimal v0.1.0 (examples/minimal)
└── minijinja v2.0.2 (minijinja)
    └── serde v1.0.144

You can play with MiniJinja online in the browser playground powered by a WASM build of MiniJinja.


Example Template

{% extends "layout.html" %}
{% block body %}
  <p>Hello {{ name }}!</p>
{% endblock %}


use minijinja::{Environment, context};

fn main() {
    let mut env = Environment::new();
    env.add_template("hello.txt", "Hello {{ name }}!").unwrap();
    let template = env.get_template("hello.txt").unwrap();
    println!("{}", template.render(context! { name => "World" }).unwrap());

Getting Help

If you are stuck with MiniJinja, have suggestions or need help, you can use the GitHub Discussions.

Upgrading from MiniJinja 1.x

There are two major versions of MiniJinja both of which are currently maintained. Most users should upgrade to 2.x which has a much improved object system. However if you have been using dynamic objects in the past the upgrade might be quite involved. For upgrade informations refer to UPDATING which has a guide with examples of what the changes between the two engine versions are.

To see examples and code from MiniJinja 1.x, you can browse the minijinja-1.x branch.

Related Crates

Similar Projects

These are related template engines for Rust:

  • Askama: Jinja inspired, type-safe, requires template precompilation. Has significant divergence from Jinja syntax in parts.
  • Tera: Jinja inspired, dynamic, has divergences from Jinja.
  • TinyTemplate: minimal footprint template engine with syntax that takes lose inspiration from Jinja and handlebars.
  • Liquid: an implementation of Liquid templates for Rust. Liquid was inspired by Django from which Jinja took it's inspiration.


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