a javascript template library, aimed at being compatible with django's template language. Note that this is a beta implementation.
JavaScript Python Shell
Clone or download
Pull request Compare This branch is 106 commits behind chrisdickinson:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.


Plate.js -- A Template Library

Plate is a Django Template Language implementation in Javascript. Super exciting!


  • Plays nicely with the event loop and async code. Plate makes it easy to parallelize your view code!
  • Aims to be compatible with the latest version of the Django Template Language. If you've got a template in Django, it should render just fine in Plate.
  • Thoroughly tested using the Platoon testing framework.
  • Designed to work nicely in a Node.js environment
  • Extensible -- It makes use of plugins to provide capabilities (e.g., template loading).

Can I use it in my browser?

Yes. Plate was designed to work well in the standard suite of browsers. Each minor point release will target compatibility with IE7+, FF3+, Chrome, and Safari 4+.

How do I use it?

The most basic case:

var plate = require('plate'),
    sys = require('sys');
var template = new plate.Template('hello {{ world }}');

template.render({world:'everyone'}, function(err, data) {

// outputs "hello everyone"

Plate follows the Node.js style of taking callbacks that receive an error object and a data object. If there's no error, err will be null.


Plate is documented on it's github wiki. There are "Getting Started" guides for both in-browser as well as in-node environments.


Got a feature you'd like to add? I'd love to see it. The workflow is pretty standard Github fare:

  • Fork this repository.
  • Create a branch -- title it descriptively, please :)
  • Work, work, work.
  • Push your changes and submit a pull request.

The minimum requirements for a pull request to be merged are:

  • You've added (passing) tests for your new code.
  • The existing tests still pass.
  • You've added (or changed, as appropriate) documentation to the docs/ folder in Markdown format.

Run the tests

In node:

$ npm install plate
$ npm test plate

In browser:

Using Browserling:

Locally, in browser:

$ git clone git@github.com:chrisdickinson/plate.git
$ cd plate
$ make browsertest
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer &
$ open http://localhost:8000/test.html


Licensed new BSD.