Difference between HandlebarJS and Mustache

In this tutorial, We will see difference and comparison of mustache and handlebar templates

Both are template language for javascript and generate html output.

Both are opensource frameworks

Let’s see the differences


  • Opensource template
  • Compiled support in popular languages
  • Logic less and no helper classes
  • Active community
  • Partials are easy to implement


  • These are extended syntax to mustache template
  • Introduced helper classes #if, #each #unless #with
  • Developed this template to support in javascript language
  • Better supports in block level and comments compared with mustache
  • Supports comments
  • Partial syntax is complex to understand and implement

Mustache vs handlebarJS templates

Handlebar   MustacheJS  
Opensource template engine Opensource template
Compiled Compiled
Supports Helpers,Paths No helper classes
Developed to support javascript compilation Mustache has compilers in java,python and c and javascript
Supports {{this}} for current object Logic less template
verticalPosition  Vertical position - ‘top’,‘bottom’


You learned difference between mustache and handlebarJS, If it is small project, you can pick Mustache with wider language support. if you want more feature rich and active community, you can choose HandlebarJS.

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