JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 758 of this test case created by Moe

Info

A limited comparison of some popular JavaScript templating engines on a short template: 6 header tags, and 10 list items. Compared templating engines:

Preparation code

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js">
</script>
<script src="http://documentcloud.github.com/underscore/underscore.js">
</script>
<!--NOTE: Need to load from CDNJS since GitHub uses text/plain MIME type, which
is blocked in IE9-->
<!--<script src="http://github.com/janl/mustache.js/raw/master/mustache.js"></script>-->
<script src="http://ajax.cdnjs.com/ajax/libs/mustache.js/0.3.0/mustache.min.js">
</script>
<script src="https://github.com/downloads/wycats/handlebars.js/handlebars.1.0.0.beta.3.js">
</script>
<script src="http://cdn.kendostatic.com/2011.2.804/js/kendo.all.min.js">
</script>
<script src="http://jashkenas.github.com/coffee-script/extras/coffee-script.js">
</script>
<!--NOTE: Need to load from MSFT CDN since GitHub uses text/plain MIME type, which
is blocked in IE9-->
<!--<script src="http://github.com/jquery/jquery-tmpl/raw/master/jquery.tmpl.min.js"></script>-->
<script src="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery.templates/beta1/jquery.tmpl.min.js">
</script>
<script src="http://qatrix.com/js/qatrix-1.1.min.js">
</script>
<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.0.7/angular.min.js">
</script>
<script>
  var $ = jQuery.noConflict();
  window.sharedVariables = {
    header: "Header",
    header2: "Header2",
    header3: "Header3",
    header4: "Header4",
    header5: "Header5",
    header6: "Header6",
    list: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };

  window.jQueryTemplate = $.template(null, "<div><h1 class='header'>{{html header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{html header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{html header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{html header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{html header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{html header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>{{html $value}}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");

  window.mustacheTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>{{{header}}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{{header2}}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{{header3}}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{{header4}}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{{header5}}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{{header6}}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{{.}}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>";

  window.handlebarsTemplate = Handlebars.compile("<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#each list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");

  window.kendouiTemplate = kendo.template("<div><h1 class='header'><#= data.header #></h1><h2 class='header2'><#= data.header2 #></h2><h3 class='header3'><#= data.header3 #></h3><h4 class='header4'><#= data.header4 #></h4><h5 class='header5'><#= data.header5 #></h5><h6 class='header6'><#= data.header6 #></h6><ul class='list'><# for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { #><li class='item'><#= data.list[i] #></li><# } #></ul></div>", {
    useWithBlock: true
  });

  window.underscoreTemplate = _.template("<div><h1 class='header'><%= header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>");

  window.baseHtml = "<div><h1 class='header'></h1><h2 class='header2'></h2><h3 class='header3'></h3><h4 class='header4'></h4><h5 class='header5'></h5><h6 class='header6'></h6><ul class='list'><li class='item'></li></ul></div>";

  //Resig Template Function (modified to support ')


  function tmpl(str) {
    var strFunc = "var p=[];" + "with(obj){p.push('" +

    str.replace(/[\r\t\n]/g, " ").replace(/'(?=[^#]*#>)/g, "\t").split("'").join("\\'").split("\t").join("'").replace(/<#=(.+?)#>/g, "',$1,'").split("<#").join("');").split("#>").join("p.push('") + "');}return p.join('');";

    return new Function("obj", strFunc);
  }

  window.resig = tmpl("<div><h1 class='header'><#= header #></h1><h2 class='header2'><#= header2 #></h2><h3 class='header3'><#= header3 #></h3><h4 class='header4'><#= header4 #></h4><h5 class='header5'><#= header5 #></h5><h6 class='header6'><#= header6 #></h6><ul class='list'><# for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { #><li class='item'><#= list[i] #></li><# } #></ul></div>");

  window.qatrixTemplate = Qatrix.$template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>");
</script>
<div ng-app ng-init="data = {
header: 'Header',
header2: 'Header2',
header3: 'Header3',
header4: 'Header4',
header5: 'Header5',
header6: 'Header6',
list: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
}">

  <h1 class='header'>
    {{ data.header }}
  </h1>
  <h2 class='header2'>
    {{ data.header2 }}
  </h2>
  <h3 class='header3'>
    {{ data.header3 }}
  </h3>
  <h4 class='header4'>
    {{ data.header4 }}
  </h4>
  <h5 class='header5'>
    {{ data.header5 }}
  </h5>
  <h6 class='header6'>
    {{ data.header6 }}
  </h6>
  <ul class='list'>
    <li class='item' ng-repeat="item in data.list">
      {{ item }}
    </li>
  </ul>
</div>

Preparation code output

{{ data.header }}

{{ data.header2 }}

{{ data.header3 }}

{{ data.header4 }}

{{ data.header5 }}
{{ data.header6 }}
  • {{ item }}

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Test Ops/sec
Mustache
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
pending…
jQuery.template
jQueryTemplate($, {
  data: sharedVariables
}).join("");
pending…
Kendo UI
kendouiTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Handlebars
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Underscore
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Resig micro-templating (mod)
resig(sharedVariables)
pending…
Qatrix
qatrixTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
AngularJS
<div ng-init="data = {
   header: 'Header',
   header2: 'Header2',
   header3: 'Header3',
   header4: 'Header4',
   header5: 'Header5',
   header6: 'Header6',
   list: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  }"
>
 
  <h1 class='header'>{{ data.header }}</h1>
  <h2 class='header2'>{{ data.header2 }}</h2>
  <h3 class='header3'>{{ data.header3 }}</h3>
  <h4 class='header4'>{{ data.header4 }}</h4>
  <h5 class='header5'>{{ data.header5 }}</h5>
  <h6 class='header6'>{{ data.header6 }}</h6>

  <ul class='list'>
  <li class='item' ng-repeat="item in data.list">{{ item }}</li>
  </ul>
</div>
pending…

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