Getting Started

Welcome to Textwire, a powerful template evaluate designed for Go developers. Textwire provides a seamless way to inject variables into your HTML files, making it easier to create dynamic and data-driven content. This guide will walk you through the essential steps to get started with Textwire in your Go projects.

Textwire has an elegant and easy-to-use syntax that is designed to be familiar to developers who have experience with other template languages. On the Language Elements page you can find all the available statements and directives that you can use in your Textwire templates.


Install the Textwire package in your Go environment. You can do this by running the following command:

go get -u

Usage with Templates

Template Configuration

To use Textwire as a template language, you need to import the package and create a new Template instance. You can ether pass nil or a *textwire.Config to the NewTemplate function. The *textwire.Config is used to configure the template language.

func main() {
    tpl, err := textwire.NewTemplate(&textwire.Config{
        TemplateDir: "src/templates",

    if err != nil {

Non of the configurations are required, because each configuration has a default value. The NewTemplate function returns 2 values:

  1. *textwire.Template is a struct that holds the parsed templates and has methods to evaluate the templates.
  2. error is the error that might occur during any stage of the template parsing.

In return from the NewTemplate function, we get a Template object that can be used to evaluate an already parsed template.

Available Configurations

PropertyTypeDescription of the configurationExample valueDefault value
TemplateDirstringThe directory where Textwire will look for template files"src/templates""templates"
TemplateExtstringThe extension of the template files".html"".tw.html"


Keep in mind that if you use VSCode and you change TemplateExt to something else than .tw.html, you will lose the syntax highlighting for Textwire files if you use the Textwire extensionopen in new window.

Write response to the client

You can use the Response method on Template object to write the evaluated template to the client. The Response method accepts a http.ResponseWriter object, the name of the template file, and a map of variables that you want to inject into the template. Here is an example:

func homeHandler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	err := tpl.Response(w, "home", map[string]interface{}{
		"title":     "Home page",
		"names":     []string{"John", "Jane", "Jack", "Jill"},
		"showNames": true,

	if err != nil {


Defining a layout in Textwire is very simple. You need to create a file anywhere inside of your template files. Many developers just create a "layouts" directory for different layouts because you might have a main layout, one for admin panel, one for user cabinet and so on.

Reserve space in the layout

The reserve statement (directive) is used to reserve a place for dynamic content that you can insert later in the layout. For example, you can reserve a place for the title of the page and then insert it later. Here is an example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

We reserve a place for the title and content of the page. We can then insert the title and content into these reserved places.

Insert content into reserved space

The insert statement (directive) is used to insert content into reserved places. Insert statement can be defined in 2 ways, with and without the body. In the example below, we define the insert for "title" without the body, and for "content" with the body.

Let's take a look at the example how I would define a and then I'll explain each part of it:


@insert("title", "Home page")

    <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
    <p>This is a home page.</p>
  • First, we tell which layout we want to use by providing a path to the layout
  • Then we insert the title into layout with the value "Home page"
  • Then we insert the content into layout with the HTML body.

You can read more about use, insert and reserve statements on the statements page if you need more information about the syntax.

Evaluate a string

You can use the EvaluateString function to compile and evaluate a string containing Textwire code. The EvaluateString function accepts a string and a map of variables that you want to inject into the string. Here is an example:

inp := `Hello <b>{{ name }}</b>! Congratulations on your {{ age }}th birthday!`

result, err := textwire.EvaluateString(inp, map[string]interface{}{
    "name": "Serhii",
    "age": 33

if err != nil {

Evaluate a file

Evaluating a file can be done with the EvaluateFile function. The EvaluateFile function accepts a path to the file that contains Textwire code and a map of variables that you want to inject into the file. Here is an example:

path := "path/to/"

result, err := textwire.EvaluateFile(path, map[string]interface{}{
    "name": "Anna",
    "age":  25,

if err != nil {
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