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Template Rendering Config Settings


The most common configuration change you’ll likely want to make here is to add a second template engine or change the template engine used by your project.

By default TurboGears sets up the Genshi engine, but we also provide out of the box support for Mako and Jinja. To tell TG to prepare these templating engines for you all you need to do is install the package and append ‘mako’ or ‘jinja’ to the renderer’s list here in app_config.

To change the default renderer to something other than Genshi, just set the default_renderer to the name of the rendering engine. So, to add Mako to the list of renderers to prepare, and set it to be the default, this is all you’d have to do:

base_config.default_renderer = 'mako'

Configuration Attributes

base_config.default_renderer – set to the name of the default render function you want to use.

base_config.renderers – This is a list of render functions that ought to be prepared for use in the app. This is a shortcut for the four renderers that TurboGears 2.1 provides out of the box. TG provides renderers for: ‘genshi’, ‘mako’, ‘jinja’, and ‘json’.

In 2.1, If you would like to add additional renderers, you can add it to the renderers list, and then provide a setup_mytl_renderer method in your custom AppConfig, where mytl is the name of your template language.

base_config.use_legacy_renderer – If True old style buffet renderers will be used. Don’t set this unless you need buffet renderers for some specific reason, buffet renderers are deprecated and will probably be removed in 2.1.

base_config.use_dotted_templatenames – Generally you will not want to change this. But if you want to use the standard genshi/mako/jinja file system based template search paths, set this to False. The main advantage of dotted template names is that it’s very easy to store template files in zipped eggs, but if you’re not using packaged TurboGears 2.1 app components there are some advantages to the search path syntax.

base_config.renderers – a dictionary with the render function name as the key, and the actual configured render function as the value. For the four standard renderers it’s enough to just add the name to base_config.renderers but for custom renderers you want to set the renderer up, and set it in this dictionary directly.

Making a module available to all Genshi templates

Sometimes you want to expose an entire module to all of the templates in your templates directory. Perhaps you have a form library you like to use, or a png-txt renderer that you want to wrap with <pre>. This is possible in TG.

First, we must modify our so that you can share your link across all templates:

base_config.variable_provider = helpers.add_global_tmpl_vars

Next, you want to modify the lib/ module of your application to include the newly added add_global_tmpl_vars method:

import mymodule

def add_global_tmpl_vars():
     return dict(mymodule=mymodule)

That’s pretty much it, you should have access to mymodule in every template now.

Overriding AppConfig Rendering Methods


Setup a renderer and loader for mako templates.

Override this to customize the way that the mako template renderer is setup. In particular if you want to setup a different set of search paths, different encodings, or additonal imports, all you need to do is update the TemplateLookup constructor.

You can also use your own render_mako function instead of the one provided by tg.render.


Setup a renderer and loader for Genshi templates.

Override this to customize the way that the internationalization filter, template loader


Setup a renderer and loader for Jinja2 templates.