A template engine for people who enjoy the simpler things in life.

Version 3.2.0


Custom Filters

A filter is a function that accepts at least one argument — the value to be filtered — and returns the filtered result. It can optionally accept any number of additional arguments.

Filters are registered using the @filters.register decorator:


As an example, we can register a filter to convert datetime objects into formatted strings:

import ibis

def datetime_formatter(dt, format_str='%Y-%m-%d'):
    return dt.strftime(format_str)

This gives us a filter with an optional format string argument that we can call on any datetime object, including the built-in now() function which returns a datetime object representing the current time:

{{ now()|dtformat }}

{{ now()|dtformat('%Y') }}

As it happens, dtformat already exists as a built-in filter. Re-registering the dtformat name would simply override the built-in filter with our own custom version.

Custom Instruction Tags

You can register custom instruction tags to supplement or override the built-in ones. Creating custom tags is more complicated than creating custom filters as you'll need to understand some of the internal details of how Ibis compiles template strings into trees of Node objects.

Every instruction tag corresponds to a subclass of the ibis.nodes.Node type. To create a new instruction tag, register a subclass using the @nodes.register decorator:


You can give your new tag block scope by specifying an end word:

@ibis.nodes.register('foo', 'endfoo')

You'll need to turn to the source code itself for further details — see the ibis/nodes.py file for lots of examples to work from.

Custom Builtins

You can assign custom variables and functions to the ibis.context.builtins dictionary to make them available in all templates.

Custom Tag Syntax

You can customize Ibis's tag delimiter syntax to suit your own taste. The default tag delimiters are shown below:

ibis.compiler.comment_start = '{#'
ibis.compiler.comment_end = '#}'
ibis.compiler.print_start = '{{'
ibis.compiler.print_end = '}}'
ibis.compiler.eprint_start = '{$'
ibis.compiler.eprint_end = '$}'
ibis.compiler.instruction_start = '{%'
ibis.compiler.instruction_end = '%}'

All you need to do is assign new delimiter strings to the above variables.