JSX engine for ExpressJS

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import expressEngineJsx from '';



Full featured template engine for express

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Example of users.jsx template file

const Layout = require('./layout');

  <ul class="users">
    { => (
      <li key={user}>{}</li>

Example of layout.jsx template file

<html lang={lang}>
  <meta charset="UTF-8"/>

Example of router

app.get('/users', function (req, res) {
  res.locals.lang = 'en';
  res.render('users', {
    users: [
      {name: 'Max'},
      {name: 'Bob'}

Output html

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head><meta charset="UTF-8"/></head>
<body><ul class="users"><li>Max</li><li>Bob</li></ul></body>

How it works

When you render some template, this engine takes jsx file like this

const Layout = require('./layout');

  <ul class="users">
    {, i) => (
      <li key={i}>{}</li>

and compiles it to js file like this

const React = require('react');
const requireJSX = require('express-engine-jsx/require');
const Context = require('express-engine-jsx/Context');

module.exports = function (props) {
  const __components = [];
  const context = React.useContext(EngineContext);
  const locals = context.locals || {};
  with (locals) {
    with (props) {
      const Layout = requireJSX('./layout');

            {className: 'users'},
  , i) => (
                {key: i},
  return __components;

and now this component can be rendered to html with ReactDOM.renderToStaticMarkup().

As you can see, each jsx template file returns array of components and standard html attributes are converted to react attributes

<div class="first" tabindex="1"></div>
<div class="second" tabindex="2"></div>
__components.push(React.createElement('div', {className: 'first', tabIndex: '1'}));
__components.push(React.createElement('div', {className: 'second', tabIndex: '2'}));

return __components;


npm i express-engine-jsx react react-dom

react and react-dom are peer dependencies in this package

const express = require('express');
const app = express();
const engine = require('express-engine-jsx');

server.set('views', '/path/to/views');
server.set('view engine', 'jsx');
server.engine('jsx', engine);

// optionaly
  // See options section



const engine = require('express-engine-jsx');

It's a function which takes three arguments:

  • path - path to jsx file
  • locals - object with properties which will be local variables in jsx file
  • callback - optional Node style callback which will receive html string as second argument

If you pass to engine only path and locals then it will return html.

engine('/path/to/view', {prop: 'value'}, (err, html) => console.log(html));

const html = engine('/path/to/view', {prop: 'value'});

Also, it has method engine.setOptions(options) which can modify options


const options = require('express-engine-jsx/options');

Object with optional properties:

  • DEV - boolean, default process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production'
  • sourceMap - boolean, default process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production'
  • doctype - string which will be prepended to output html, default value is "<!DOCTYPE html>\n"
  • replace - function which will take output html (without doctype), and it should return new html
  • addOnChange - boolean, default true. Will add onChnage={() => false} to every <input> with value or checked attribute. Used to omit ReactDOM warning about value prop without onChange handler.
  • templatePath - path to wrapper of compiled jsx, default value is express-engine-jsx/template.jsx. Undefined variable BODY will be replaced with your compiled jsx code.
  • parserOptions - options for babel.parser
  • templateOptions - options for babel.template


const requireJSX = engine.require || require('express-engine-jsx/require');

This is a function which you can use as regular require but this one can run jsx files. It checks if path is jsx file and if it is then requireJSX will convert this file to js code and then run it.

It also can take optional second parameter - currentWorkingDir which should be an absolute path to file directory which calls require in case when you call require from some unusual place like debugger console.

Every compiled jsx file will be cached to requireJSX.cache object where key will be path to jsx file without extension and value will be object {moduleExports: ReactComponent|any, map: object|null}. You can delete any key in this cache, requireJSX will recompile jsx file on next call.


const convert = engine.convert || require('express-engine-jsx/convert');

It is a function which can convert jsx template code to js code.


If you pass sourceMap: true or your process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production' then convert will return object {code: string, map: object} instead of js code string.

It also has convert.cache object for compiled templates where keys are templatePath and values are functions created by babel.template


const run = || require('express-engine-jsx/run');

Function which can execute js code with independent context and returns result of module.exports inside js code.


  • code - string of js code
  • options
    • path - string, path to file, usually path to jsx file
    • context - object which properties will be global variables inside js code
    • scriptOptions - object options for vm.Script


const Context = engine.Context || require('express-engine-jsx/Context');

React context which used to bypass locals to components


const attrMap = require('express-engine-jsx/attr-map');

This is an object where keys are names of html attributes in lower case like class and values are valid React html attributes like className. You can modify this object if I forget about some attributes.

How to integrate to other engine

For example how to integrate to ejs

const express = require('express');
const app = express();
const engine = require('express-engine-jsx');
const {dirname, resolve} = require('path');

app.locals.component = function (path, props = {}) {
  props = Object.assign({}, this, props);

  return engine(resolve(dirname(this.filename), path), props);

Now we can use component() in ejs files like this

<div><%- component('path/to/jsx-view', {prop: 'value'}) %></div>

Problem with more than one component in template root

In javascript you can omit ; and write like this


It does nothing, but it's valid code. In JSX you can't do same thing with elements


It will throw compilation error. It's waiting for ; after first element. You have three options to solve this problem.

First - use ;


Second - use <Fragment>


Third - use short Fragment notation <>...</>



MIT, see LICENSE file