An SBT plugin to compile Dustjs templates.


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An SBT plugin to compile Dustjs templates.

This plugin is a continuation of play-dustjs built for sbt-web and Play 2.3.x - Play 2.5.x.


Add the sbt plugin to your project/plugins.sbt file:

addSbtPlugin("com.jmparsons.sbt" % "sbt-dustjs-linkedin" % "1.0.5")

Two options are available:

Option Description
helpers Loads in DustJs helpers if they are available.
infoNotice Show DustJs version number and if helpers are active.
amdModule Compile the templates as AMD modules. The templates will require the module 'dust.core' (as compiled by the dust template compile)


DustJsKeys.helpers in Assets := true
DustJsKeys.amdModule in Assets := true


Install mkdirp, dustjs-linked and optionally dustjs-helpers for node

Add package.json to base folder of project and run npm install to load in node dependencies.

  "name": "sbt-dust-tester",
  "version": "0.0.0",
  "dependencies": {
    "mkdirp": "~0.5.0",
    "dustjs-linkedin": "2.7.2",
    "dustjs-helpers": "1.7.3"

Versions can be updated here, but should match the webjar bower versions.

Install dustjs-linked and optionally dustjs-helpers bower webjars

Include the corresponding versioned dust files as the node dependencies:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "org.webjars.bower" % "dustjs-linkedin" % "2.7.2",
  "org.webjars.bower" % "dustjs-helpers" % "1.7.3"

Newer versions can be added quickly using the add new webjar at bower webjars.

The dust files can also be added manually in the public folder from LinkedIn Dustjs.

Render your templates

Place your template .tl files anywhere inside of the app/assets/ it will be available in the corresponding directory. If placed into app/assets/templates/ the output would be target/web/public/main/templates/.

RequireJS example:

    jquery: "../lib/jquery/jquery"
    dust: "../lib/dustjs-linkedin/dist/dust-full"
    dustHelpers: "../lib/dustjs-helpers/dist/dust-helpers"
    testTemplate: "../templates/test"
      exports: "$"
      deps: ["dust"]
      deps: ["dust", "dustHelpers"]

require ["jquery", "testTemplate"], ->
  $ ->
    $.get "/data", (data) ->
      dust.render "templates/test", data, (err, out) ->
        $("#dust_pan").html (if err? then err else out)

Javascript example:

<script src=""lib/jquery/jquery.js")"></script>
<script src=""lib/dustjs-linkedin/dist/dust-core.js")"></script>
<script src=""lib/dustjs-helpers/dist/dust-helpers.js")"></script>
<script src=""templates/test.js")"></script>
$(function() {
  $.get('@(', function(data) {
    console.log('data = ' + JSON.stringify(data));
    dust.render('templates/test', data, function(err, out) {
      $('#dust_pan').html(err ? err : out);

Example project with RequireJS using play-dustjs:

Speed up compilation using node

Add this to your build.sbt to enabled node compilation - requires node installed on machine.

JsEngineKeys.engineType := JsEngineKeys.EngineType.Node


1.0.5 - May 25, 2016

  • Added template compiling as AMD module

1.0.4 - May 5, 2016

  • Converted to using package.json for installing dependencies
  • Versions can now be adjusted by updating package.json
  • Updated readme example usage

1.0.3 - August 5, 2014

  • Add Windows compatibility

1.0.2 - July 9, 2014

  • Reverted away from transpiler to have more control
  • Fixed source file mapping bug

1.0.1 - July 7, 2014

  • Updated to dustjs-linked version 2.4.0
  • Added webjar as npm module
  • Removed dependency for npm installed dust

1.0.0 - May 19, 2014

  • Inital commit
  • Added tests using sbt scripted


MIT: - @jmparsons