HAML via the Ruby compiler for Grunt
Last updated 7 years ago by elfsternberg .
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Compile your HTML templates using the Ruby HAML command-line compiler

WHAT!? WHY!?!?!?

Because I like underscore, and underscore templates. They come free with Backbone. And Ruby's HAML treats them without abusing them. It's not a great solution, but it's better than trying to write yet another HAML parser.

And before you get me started on Jade, or Mustache, or whatever: forget it. Jade is a big learning curve for little reward, and the rest are templating languages in their own right.

Getting Started

Make sure you have Ruby and Haml available in you $PATH.

Install this grunt plugin next to your project's [grunt.js gruntfile][getting_started] with: npm install grunt-ruby-haml

Then add this line to your project's grunt.js gruntfile:



Make sure you have underscore installed:

npm install underscore

Then you'll need to install grunt-ruby-haml:

npm install grunt-ruby-haml

Then modify your Gruntfile.js file by adding the following line:


Then add some configuration for the plugin like so:

    rubyHaml: {
      app: {
        files: {
            "public/index.html": "src/index.haml"
        options: {
            templatize: false

Then just run grunt rubyHaml and enjoy!

Ruby-HAML will, by default, generate HTML. With the 'templatize' option set to True, it will instead spit out an underscore template ready to be rendered, wrapped in an AMD-compliant define() call. This may be useful to some of you who want to use the output of the HAML engine as a pre-parsed underscore template.


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using [grunt][grunt].

Release History

0.0.1 - Just what I've always run. Don't expect miracles


Copyright (c) 2013 Elf M. Sternberg Licensed under the MIT license.

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