Hadlebars vs. Hogan vs. Mustache vs. jsRender vs Dust vs Underscore vs Tera

JavaScript performance comparison

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Info

Illustrate how much time string-based template engines use executing browsers HTML parser.

Optimizing string interpolation performance is focusing to 10% of the problem, not the 90%.

Preparation code

<div id="target"></div>
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script src="https://rawgithub.com/IlyaMokin/lightTemplatesJs/master/LightTemplates/Scripts/templatesLight.js"></script>

<script src="http://mustache.github.io/extras/mustache.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/downloads/wycats/handlebars.js/handlebars-1.0.rc.1.min.js"></script>

<script src="http://jsdo.it/kyo_ago/6M93/js"></script>


<script src="http://borismoore.github.io/jsrender/jsrender.js"></script>

<script src="http://twitter.github.com/hogan.js/builds/2.0.0/hogan-2.0.0.js"></script>

<script src="http://underscorejs.org/underscore-min.js"></script>

<script src="http://jsrun.it/norahiko/gKpH/js"></script>

<script>
  window.mustacheTemplate = "<div>{{template}}<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.lightTemplatesJS= lightTemplates.compile("<div>{{template}}<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>{{template}}<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>");
 
  window.hoganTemplate = Hogan.compile("<div>{{template}}<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.templateTemplate = "<div>{template}<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'>{{loop list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/loop}}</ul></div>";

  $.templates({ jsRenderTemplate: "<div>{{:template}}<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 list}}<li class='item'>{{:#data}}</li>{{/for}}</ul></div>"});


  window.underscoreTemplate = _.template("<div><%=template%><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 in list){%><li class='item'><%=list[i]%></li><% } %></ul></div>");


  window.teraTemplate = new tera.Template("<div>{{ template }}<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 num in list %}<li class='item'>{{ num }}</li>{% end %}</ul></div>");

</script>
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
      window.sharedVariables = {
        header: "Header",
        header2: "Header2",
        header3: "Header3",
        header4: "Header4",
        header5: "Header5",
        header6: "Header6",
        list: ['10000000', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
      };
};
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
DOM - Mustache.js Template
sharedVariables.template = 'Mustache.js';
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…
DOM - Twitter's Hogan.js
sharedVariables.template = 'Hogan.js';
hoganTemplate.render(sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…
DOM - Handlebars.js
sharedVariables.template = 'Handlebars.js';
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…
lightTemplatesJS
sharedVariables.template = 'lightTemplatesJS.js';
lightTemplatesJS(sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…
Tera
sharedVariables.template = 'Tera';
teraTemplate.render(sharedVariables);
++sharedVariables.list[0];
pending…

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