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How to access the ejs object in express.js

How to access the ejs object in express.js

Problem

I am using express (web framework for node.js) with ejs. Now I'd like to create my own filter as described on the ejs github page:

To add a filter simply add a method to the .filters object:

ejs.filters.last = function(obj) {
  return obj[obj.length - 1];
};

The question: how do I access that ejs object? I have tried (naively) in app.js:

ejs.filters.myfilter = function (obj) {
  ....
}

which gives me the error:

ReferenceError: ejs is not defined
Problem courtesy of: topskip

Solution

You need to require ejs in your application and set a custom filter on it, which will be visible for your Express application. Also note how you use a ejs filter in your view .

Example application:

app.js

var app, express = require('express'), ejs = require('ejs');

ejs.filters.my_custom_filter = function(ary) {
  return ary[ary.length - 1];
};

app = express.createServer();

app.configure(function() {
  app.set('view options', { layout: false });
  app.set('view engine', 'ejs');
});

app.get('/', function(req, res) {
  res.render('index', { data: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] });
});

app.listen(8080);
console.log('Server started on port 8080');

index.ejs (located in /views)


Download the code directly from github: http://github.com/alessioalex/ejs_filters

Fore more information checkout: https://github.com/visionmedia/ejs

Solution courtesy of: alessioalex

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