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Handlebars.js vs Mustache: What are the differences?

Handlebars.js: Minimal Templating on Steroids. Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be; Mustache: Logic-less templates. Mustache is a logic-less template syntax. It 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.

Handlebars.js and Mustache belong to "Templating Languages & Extensions" category of the tech stack.

"Simple" is the top reason why over 102 developers like Handlebars.js, while over 29 developers mention "Dead simple templating" as the leading cause for choosing Mustache.

Handlebars.js and Mustache are both open source tools. Handlebars.js with 14.5K GitHub stars and 1.86K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Mustache with 13.1K GitHub stars and 2.3K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Handlebars.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 642 company stacks & 173 developers stacks; compared to Mustache, which is listed in 231 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

What is Handlebars.js?

Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be.

What is Mustache?

Mustache is a logic-less template syntax. It 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.
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      AngularJS
      AngularJS lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser. It lets you use good old HTML (or HAML, Jade and friends!) as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application’s components clearly and succinctly. It automatically synchronizes data from your UI (view) with your JavaScript objects (model) through 2-way data binding.
      React
      Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
      Underscore
      A JavaScript library that provides a whole mess of useful functional programming helpers without extending any built-in objects.
      doT.js
      It is a fastest and concise javascript template engine for Node.js and browsers. It was created in search of the fastest and concise JavaScript templating function with emphasis on performance under V8 and Node.js. It shows great performance for both Node.js and browsers.
      TypeScript
      TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
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      Review ofHandlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Its easy to link handlebars with SailsJS.

      I have created a generator for it. Read through the README. Steps:-

      Install the npm package. Generate the templates using suggested command in README. Update the config/views.js file as suggested. Thats it, It works.

      https://github.com/bhaskarmelkani/sails-generate-views-hbs

      How developers use Handlebars.js and Mustache
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      Trello uses MustacheMustache

      We use Mustache, a logic-less templating language, to represent our models as HTML. While ‘harnessing the full power of [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE HERE] in your templates’ sounds like a good idea, it seems that in practice it requires a lot of developer discipline to maintain comprehensible code. We’ve been very happy with the ‘less is more’ approach of Mustache, which allows us to re-use template code without encouraging us to mingle it with our client logic and make a mess of things.

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      Kent Steiner uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Handlebars for me has taken a back seat since my full embrace of React, but previous to React it (along with its predecessor mustache) I used it heavily, both server and client side, in multiple languages.

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      Volkan Özçelik uses MustacheMustache

      Mustache is a simple logicless template language.

      It is lightweight, and currently suits my templating needs.

      I use it, in lieu of things like React SSR etc.

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      Promethean TV uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      The Handlebars templating engine is used by the Promethean TV Broadcast Center Tool to deliver dynamically generated html content from our web servers.

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      Jonathan Fries uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Also used by ghost. Extensive editing of templates to keep my theme running and change what the theme does when I run into limitations.

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      Trading Log uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Our template engine! We combined hb with a powerful cache system we built on top of it.

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      Tarun Singh uses Handlebars.jsHandlebars.js

      Used Handlebars to decouple the html from javascript, hence makes it more manageable.

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      ShadowICT uses MustacheMustache

      We use Mustache to allow us to create easy and reusable templates on our sites.

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