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Using Node.js with Handlebars.js

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In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to use Handlebars.js with Node.js to create dynamic HTML templates. Handlebars.js is a popular templating engine that allows you to build reusable HTML templates with dynamic content. We’ll walk through the installation process, basic syntax, and examples of how to integrate Handlebars.js into a Node.js application.


Before we begin, ensure you have the following installed:

  • Node.js installed on your machine (Download Node.js)
  • Basic knowledge of JavaScript and HTML

Getting Started

Let’s start by setting up a new Node.js project and installing the necessary dependencies.

  1. Create a new directory for your project:
mkdir node-handlebars-tutorial
cd node-handlebars-tutorial
  1. Initialize a new Node.js project:
npm init -y
  1. Install Handlebars.js:
npm install handlebars

Creating a Simple Example

Now, let’s create a simple Node.js application that uses Handlebars.js to render dynamic content.

  1. Create a file named app.js in your project directory.
  2. Open app.js and add the following code:
  1. Create a directory named views in your project directory.
  2. Inside the views directory, create a file named index.handlebars.
  3. Open index.handlebars and add the following HTML code:

Running the Application

To run the application, execute the following command in your terminal:

node app.js

Visit http://localhost:3000 in your web browser, and you should see the rendered Handlebars template with dynamic content.


In this tutorial, we’ve learned how to integrate Handlebars.js with Node.js to create dynamic HTML templates. Handlebars.js provides a simple and powerful way to build reusable templates for your Node.js applications. You can further explore Handlebars.js documentation to learn about more advanced features and use cases.

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