Comparison of web template engines

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The following table lists the various web template engines used in Web template systems and a brief rundown of their features.

Engine (implementation)[a] Languages[b] License[c] Variables[d] Functions[e] Includes[f] Conditional inclusion[g] Looping[h] Evaluation (language)[i] Assignment[j] Errors and exceptions[k] i18n[l] Natural templates[m] Inheritance[n]
Apache Velocity Java, C# Apache Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
ASP.NET (Microsoft) C#, VB.NET Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
ASP.NET (Mono) C# LGPL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Laravel Blade PHP MIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CheetahTemplate Python BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
CodeCharge Studio Classic ASP, C#, VB.NET, PHP, Perl, Java/JSP, ColdFusion Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ?
ColdFusion CFML, CFScript Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CTPP C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python BSD-like Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No
Django Python BSD-like Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
eRuby Ruby GNU GPL / Ruby License Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FreeMarker Java Apache Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Genshi (templating language) Python BSD-like Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Python) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Go templates Go BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Haml Ruby, PHP (WIP) MIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Ruby) Yes Yes Yes No No
Hamlets Java BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ?
JavaServer Pages Java CDDL + GNU GPL[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Jinja Python BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Python) Yes No Yes No Yes
Jinja2 Python BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Python) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Tera Rust MIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Kid (templating language) Python MIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Python) Yes Yes No Yes No
Lucee CFML LGPL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (CFML) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mustache 30+ languages MIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (foreach) No No Yes Yes Yes No
Open Power Template PHP 5 BSD-like Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (PHP) Yes Yes No Yes Yes
PHP PHP PHP License Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Razor C#, F#, VB.NET Apache Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smarty PHP LGPL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (PHP) Yes Yes? Yes No Yes
Template Attribute Language Various open source Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Template Toolkit Perl, Python open source Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Perl) Yes Yes No No Yes
Thymeleaf Java Apache Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Twig PHP BSD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
web2py Python LGPL3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WebMacro Java Apache, GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Engine (implementation)[a] Languages[b] License[c] Variables[d] Functions[e] Includes[f] Conditional inclusion[g] Looping[h] Evaluation (language)[i] Assignment[j] Errors and exceptions[k] i18n[l] Natural templates[m] Inheritance[n]

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  1. ^ a b Engine (implementation) : engine name
  2. ^ a b Languages : implementation language of the engine (not the template script language)
  3. ^ a b License : Software license agreement
  4. ^ a b Variables : script language power to use variables
  5. ^ a b Functions : script language power to use functions
  6. ^ a b Includes : script language power include external files
  7. ^ a b Conditional inclusion : script language power to conditional includes
  8. ^ a b Looping : script language power to do loops (for, while) or recursion
  9. ^ a b Evaluation (language) : script language power to do "eval command" (to the implementation language)
  10. ^ a b Assignment : set names and references to sub-templates (?)
  11. ^ a b Errors and exceptions : engine output script errors.
  12. ^ a b i18n : Internationalization and localization feature
  13. ^ a b Natural templates : the template can be a document as valid as the final result, the engine syntax doesn't break the document's structure
  14. ^ a b Inheritance : Supports the ability to inherit a layout from a parent template, separately overriding arbitrary sections of the parent template's content.

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