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Compiles your mustache templates with hogan.js on sprockets and the Rails asset pipeline.

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HoganAssets compiles your mustache templates with hogan.js on sprockets and the Rails asset pipeline.

hogan.js is a templating engine developed at Twitter that follows the mustache spec and compiles the templates to JavaScript. The first bit is cool, since mustache is cool. The second bit is awesome and full of win because we can now compile our mustache templates on the server using the asset pipeline/sprockets.

This gem contains hogan.js 3.0.0 as of this commit


Installation with Rails 3.1+

Add this to your Gemfile as part of the assets group

group :assets do
  gem 'hogan_assets'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Require hogan.js somewhere in your JavaScript manifest, for example in application.js if you are using Rails 3.1+:

//= require hogan.js

Locate your .mustache templates with your other JavaScript assets, usually in app/assets/javascripts/templates. Require your templates with require_tree:

//= require_tree ./templates

Templates are named for the sub-path from your manifest with require_tree. For example, the file app/assets/javascripts/templates/pages/person.mustache will be named templates/pages/person. See path_prefix below!

Installation with sprockets

Add this line to your Gemfile:

gem 'hogan_assets'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Require hogan.js somewhere in your JavaScript.


hamstache is the quite popular combination of haml and mustache, a more robust solution exists using haml_assets, but if all you want is nicer markup, you need to take these two additional steps:

Add this line to your Gemfile:

group :assets do
  gem 'haml'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Hamstache compilation can be configured using Haml options. For example:

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.haml_options[:ugly] = true

You can configure which recognized as hamstache. For example:

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.hamstache_extensions = %w(hamstache hamlhbs)


slimstache is the also popular combination of slim and mustache. Works just like hamstache above.


You can configure options using either an intializer or with a YAML file (config/hogan_assets.yml). See lib/hogan_assets/config.rb for details.

Lambda Support

mustache lambdas are off by default. (Not sure what that is? Read the mustache man page!) If you want them on, set the lambda_support option to true. This will include the raw template text as part of the compiled template; each template will be correspondingly larger. TODO Should this be on by default?

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.lambda_support = true

Path Prefix

You can strip a prefix from your template names. For example, when using Rails, if you place your templates in app/assets/javascripts/app/templates and organize them like Rails views (i.e. posts/index.mustache); then the index.mustache template gets compiled into:


You can strip the common part of the template name by setting the path_prefix option. For example:

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.path_prefix = 'app/templates'

will give you a compiled template:


TODO Can this be done in a nicer way?

Template namespace

You can change the namespace for the generated templates. By default, the namespace is HoganTemplates. To change it, use the template_namespace option. For example:

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.template_namespace = 'JST'

Template Extensions

By default, templates are recognized if they have an extension of .mustache (and if you have haml available, .hamstache.) You can change the template extensions by setting the template_extensions configuration option in an initializer:

HoganAssets::Config.configure do |config|
  config.template_extensions = %w(mustache hamstache stache)


Templates are compiled to a global JavaScript object named HoganTemplates. To render pages/person:

HoganTemplates['templates/pages/person'].render(context, partials);


This gem is maintained by Alex Riedler Github.


Les Hill, follow me on Github and Twitter.


  • @mdavidn (Matthew Nelson) : Remove unnecessary template source
  • @ajacksified (Jack Lawson) : Configurable file extension
  • @mikesmullin (Mike Smullin) : hamstache support
  • @gleuch (Greg Leuch) : Mustache lambdas
  • @lautis (Ville Lautanala) : hamstache fix
  • @adamstrickland (Adam Strickland) : Custom template namespace
  • @lautis (Ville Lautanala) : haml_options configuration
  • @sars (Rodion) : slimstache support
  • @apai4 : YAML configuration
  • @AlexRiedler (Alex Riedler) : hamstache/slimstache extensions and helper support


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  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
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