Render basic HTML view?


Question

I have a basic node.js app that I am trying to get off the ground using Express framework. I have a views folder where I have an index.html file. But I receive the following error when loading the web browser.

Error: Cannot find module 'html'

Below is my code.

var express = require('express');
var app = express.createServer();

app.use(express.staticProvider(__dirname + '/public'));

app.get('/', function(req, res) {
    res.render('index.html');
});

app.listen(8080, '127.0.0.1')

What am I missing here?

1
269
9/17/2018 8:52:12 AM

Accepted Answer

You can have jade include a plain HTML page:

in views/index.jade

include plain.html

in views/plain.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
...

and app.js can still just render jade:

res.render(index)
290
1/19/2012 6:49:21 AM

Many of these answers are out of date.

Using express 3.0.0 and 3.1.0, the following works:

app.set('views', __dirname + '/views');
app.engine('html', require('ejs').renderFile);

See the comments below for alternative syntax and caveats for express 3.4+:

app.set('view engine', 'ejs');

Then you can do something like:

app.get('/about', function (req, res)
{
    res.render('about.html');
});

This assumes you have your views in the views subfolder, and that you have installed the ejs node module. If not, run the following on a Node console:

npm install ejs --save

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