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init method

Describes init method to assemble.engine, and exposes engine on assemble.engine.

Custom Engines

If you don't wish to use Handlebars as your templates engine, you may add your own engine by providing an init function that takes in options from the assemble task/target. You may also override the init function in the task/target options by providing an initializeEngine function that takes the engine and the options:

assemble: {
  options: {
    engine: 'consolidate',
    initializeEngine: function (engine, options)  { 
  docs: {
    files: {
      'docs/': ['src/templates/**/*.tmpl' ]

Assemble will attempt to load an engine and automatically add it's own wrapper methods around it while holding an instance of the engine. This is a way for engine plugin authors to write adapters between other engines and assemble's wrapper. To make these functions on the options useful, we've exposed the underlying engine through the assemble.engine object so developers can use the raw engine.

This is particularly useful when a) a library such as consolidate is used, where the engine is consolidate, and b) the developer wants to use another engine such as handlebars, swig, mustache etc.

  • The init function allows assemble to pass in options to be used in initializing this engine plugin.
  • init function is exposed, and handlebars-helpers is registered inside the init so that options can be passed in.

Admittedly, the engine.engine syntax is strange. This is "alpha", so feedback and pull requests are especially welcome if you have ideas for improving this.

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