Partials are first class citizens with Harp, and work the same way in all templating languages. A Partial can be included anywhere in an EJS or Jade file, and the contents of the file will get mixed in.


In order to keep your app or site DRY, you need a way to reuse content. Partial provides a simple interface for great flexibility and power around reusing pieces of your project.


  • partial path - (String) This is a relative path to the file you want to include.
  • data [Object] - (String) Optional data you wish to mix into your partial.

Using Partials

Say you are making a simple website, and want to include a header that repeats on a every page. There is an index.ejs file and an about.ejs file, and want to include the header content, stored in a Partial named _header.ejs, in both.

Because _header.ejs’s name begins with an underscore, it will not be served directly. Instead, you can bring it into another file using the partial function.

The _header.ejs file can be as simple or complicated as you’d like, for example:

<h1>This is my site</h1>
<p>This content is in a Partial.</p>

Using partials in an EJS file

Inside index.ejs, call partial("_header") to add in the content inside _header.ejs

<%- partial("_header") %>

Now, Harp will render index.ejs with the content from _header.ejs. You could repeat this process for about.ejs, but what if you wanted to change something between the two?

In _header.ejs, the title in the <h1> tag was hard-coded, but what if you wanted it to change depending on which file it was apart of? This is possible with the partial function, too. When a file is referenced with partial, data can also be passed in that will replace the specified variables in that partial.

Update _header.ejs so that the <h1> tag actually contains the variable title:

<h1><%- title %></h1>
<p>This content is in a Partial.</p>

Now, pass in the title when you call upon the Partial:

<%- partial("_header", { title: "About me" }) %>

title is an arbitrary variable name here, it could be called anything you want depending on the context. If you updated the <p> tag to contain a variable you named description, the partial function might look like this:

<%- partial("_header", { title: "About me", description: "This is my about page" }) %>

Using Partials in a Jade file

Using Partials in Jade is very similar to EJS. Functions in Jade can be prefaced with != rather than wrapped in <%- %>, like in EJS. In both languages, this indicates the content should be rendered, so whatever code is in the partial will be rendered rather than escaped.

  != title
p This content is in a Partial.

Jade may import EJS Partials and vice versa. Create a contact.jade file, for example, and include the same header Partial in Jade:

!= partial("_header")

Data can be passed in, in the same way. To change the title in the partial, pass one in just as in EJS:

!= partial("_header", { title: "Contact me" })

Multiple pieces of data can be passed in, too:

!= partial("_header", { title: "Contact me", description: "This is my Jade contact page with an EJS header" }) %>

If you’d like to set fallbacks for your variables—in this case, a fallback for the title and description variables you created, incase you don’t pass any data into the partial—you can do this by setting Global variables.

On Markdown and the partial function

It is not possible to use the partial function directly in a Markdown file, as Markdown is not a templating language.

However, it is still possible to use the partial function to bring in a Markdown file into EJS or Jade. In the following example, there is a Markdown file named in the directory _shared. To bring the content of the into an article tag in a Jade file, you would use the following line:

article!= partial("_shared/an-example")

It is also possible to write Markdown directly in Jade, like so:

    title An example
        # now I can write Markdown here

        This is my Markdown post.
        1. Chocolate
        2. Strawberry
        3. Vanilla

Using one or both of these methods, you should be able to get the desired outcome.