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Pug – robust, elegant, feature rich template engine for Node.js

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Pug is a high-performance template engine heavily influenced by Haml and implemented with JavaScript for Node.js and browsers. For bug reports, feature requests and questions, open an issue. For discussion join the chat room.

You can test drive Pug online here.

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Rename from "Jade"

This project was formerly known as "Jade". However, it was revealed to us that "Jade" is a registered trademark; as a result, a rename was needed. After some discussion among the maintainers, "Pug" was chosen as the new name for this project. As of version 2, "pug" is the official package name.

If your package or app currently uses

, don't worry: we have secured permissions to continue to occupy that package name, although all new versions will be released under

Before the renaming, work had already begun on “Jade 2.0.0”. Therefore, the rename to Pug coincided with the major version bump. As a result, upgrading from Jade to Pug will be the same process as upgrading any other package with a major version bump.

The syntax of Pug has several differences, deprecations, and removals compared to its predecessor. These differences are documented in #2305.

The website and documentation for Pug are still being updated. But if you are new to Pug, you should get started with the new syntax and install the Pug package from npm.



To use Pug in your own JavaScript projects:

$ npm install pug

Command Line

After installing the latest version of Node.js, install with:

$ npm install pug-cli -g

and run with

$ pug --help


Pug is a clean, whitespace sensitive syntax for writing HTML. Here is a simple example:

doctype html
    title= pageTitle
      if (foo) bar(1 + 5)
    h1 Pug - node template engine
      if youAreUsingPug
        p You are amazing
        p Get on it!
        Pug is a terse and simple templating language with a
        strong focus on performance and powerful features.

Pug transforms the above to:

<script type="text/javascript">
  if (foo) bar(1 + 5)

<h1>Pug - node template engine</h1>
<div id="container" class="col">
  <p>You are amazing</p>
  <p>Pug is a terse and simple templating language with a strong focus on performance and powerful features.</p>


For full API, see

var pug = require('pug');

// compile var fn = pug.compile('string of pug', options); var html = fn(locals);

// render var html = pug.render('string of pug', merge(options, locals));

// renderFile var html = pug.renderFile('filename.pug', merge(options, locals));


  • filename
    Used in exceptions, and required when using includes
  • compileDebug
    no debug instrumentation is compiled
  • pretty
    Add pretty-indentation whitespace to output (
    by default)

Browser Support

The latest version of pug can be downloaded for the browser in standalone form. It only supports the very latest browsers, though, and is a large file. It is recommended that you pre-compile your pug templates to JavaScript.

To compile a template for use on the client using the command line, do:

$ pug --client --no-debug filename.pug

which will produce

containing the compiled template.


Implementations in other languages

Ports in other languages

Ports to other languages, with very close syntax:

Equivalents in other languages

Templates engines for other languages with a different syntax, but a similar philosophy:

Framework implementations/adapters

Embedded view engines for frameworks:

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