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Dommy is no-nonsense ClojureScript DOM templating and manipulation library. Templating is based on Clojure's Hiccup html templating library. It is similar to Crate, but is much faster (3-4x, see the performance comparison test dommy.template-perf-test). It also has a compile-time macro component that is significantly (5x) faster, but requires most of your DOM structure to be expressed as nested vector literals (see 'Compile Macros' below).

DOM manipulation is inspired by jQuery, but adapted to be more Clojure-y and is also significantly faster (roughly 2x) for common tasks like toggling classes (see this performance test).


Add the following dependency on your project.clj:

;; latest stable release
[prismatic/dommy "0.0.2"]

Templating Usage

(ns awesome-webapp
 (:require [dommy.template :as template]))

    (for [r (range 2)]
      [:span.text (str "word" r)])])

=> [object HTMLElement]

(.-outerHTML *1)

=> "<div id=\"id\" class=\"class1\"><span class=\"text\">word0</span><span class=\"text\">word1</span></div>"

Classes as a vec/sec

(template/node [:div {:classes ["foo" "bar" "baz"]}])

(.-outerHTML *1)

=> "<div class=\"foo bar baz\"></div>"

Inline style as a map

      {:color "#aaa"
       :text-decoration "line-through"}}])

(.-outerHTML *1)

=> "<span style=\"color:#aaa; text-decoration:line-through;\"></span>"


Thanks to @ibdknox you can have custom view logic for your deftype or defrecord by implementing the PElement protocol:

(defrecord MyModel [data]
   (-elem [this] [:p (str "My data " data)]))

(dommy.template/node (MyModel. "is big"))
=> "<p>My data is big</p>"

Compile Macros

There is a also a macro DOM building function which can be significantly faster if most of your template structure can be expressed nested vector literals. It's really worth taking a look at the code and understanding what will and won't be done at compile time (see ns dommy.template-compile). Here's an example:

(defn simple-template [word]
      [:span.text word]]))

Alternatively, you can use the deftemplate macro:

(deftemplate simple-template [word]
      [:span.text word]])

These macros will compile this template data into much more efficient JavaScript

function simple_template(word) {
 var dom56633 = document.createElement("div");
  dom56633.className = "class1";
  dom56633.setAttribute("id", "id");
  dom56633.appendChild(function() {
    var dom56634 = document.createElement("span");
    dom56634.className = "text";
    dom56634.appendChild(, word));
    return dom56634
  return dom56633

The node macro will 'compile' the structure to efficient JavaScript recursively as long as data is expressed as literals.

Type-Hinting Template Macros

One caveat of using the compile-macro is that if you have a compound element (a vector element) and want to have a non-literal map as the attributes (the second element of the vector), then you need to use ^:attrs meta-data so the compiler knows to process this symbol as a map of attributes in the runtime system. Here's an example

(dommy.template-compile/node  [:a ^:attrs (merge m1 m2)])

Again this is not necessary when the attribute map is a literal (that map can even contain symbolic keys or values).

You can also type-hint a symbol as ^:text which will enusre the macro appens the symbol as a text node and doesn't use the runtime templating.

For instance, this template

(deftemplate simple-template [[href anchor]]
    [:a.anchor {:href href} ^:text anchor])

Will generate the following Javascript:

function simple_template(p__13888) {
    var vec__13891 = p__13888;
    var href =, vec__13891, 0, null);
    var anchor =, vec__13891, 1, null);
    var dom13892 = document.createElement("a");
    dom13892.className = "anchor";
    if(cljs.core.truth_(href)) {
        dom13892.setAttribute("href", href)
    }else {
    return dom13892

Dom Manipulation

Dommy also has DOM manipulation similar to jQuery, which can be threaded using the -> operator to simulate jQuery-style chaining.

(= (-> (dommy-template/node [:div#root.container])
       (dommy/append! (-> (dommy-template/node [:span "Some Text"])
                          (dommy/add-class! "child-class"))
       (dommy/toggle-class! "container")
  "<div id=\"id\"><span class=\"child-class\">Some Text</span></div>")

;; Also equivalent to the simpler template
(dommy-template/node [:div#root [:span.child-class "Some Text"]])  

According to a simple benchmark, dommy performs twice as fast compared to jQuery on a simple toggleClass, hasClass benchmark.


Copyright (C) 2013 Prismatic

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure.

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