Templating overview

Mockoon implements Handlebars, Faker.js v8.1.0, and a set of custom helpers to create dynamic responses. This templating system is supported in the data buckets, response's body, header values, file content, file path and rule values. You will find below a global overview of how and where you can use helpers. You can also check the available helpers on specific documentation pages.


 Handlebars syntax

All the helpers must be used according to Handlebars' syntax, for example: {{helperName param1 param2}}. Some helpers accepting options objects can be used with Handlebars' object params: {{faker 'date.month' abbr=false}}.

Please note that a space always follows the helper name and separates each and all params like in oneOf *space* (array *space* 'item1' *space* 'item2'). Also, parenthesis serves to prioritize a helper over another but not to symbolize a function call. Helpers do not require parenthesis in order to work.

All Handlebars helpers are available (if, each, etc.). For more information, please have a look at Handlebars' documentation.

 Special characters escaping

Handlebars will escape special characters (& < > " ' ` =) by default. If you want to avoid this behavior, you can use the triple curly braces syntax:{{{helperName}}}.

 Available helpers

Besides Handlebars built-in helpers, Mockoon offers many of them:


 Body and file content templating

Templating will work in the body editor without consideration for the Content-Type that has been defined. It will also work with files content for a limited set of MIME types (application/json, text/html, text/css, text/csv, application/javascript, application/typescript, text/plain, application/xhtml+xml, application/xml).

Here is an example of what you can do with this templating system:

{ "userId": "{{urlParam 'id'}}", "name": "{{queryParam 'name' 'John'}}", "lang": "{{{header 'Accept-Language' 'en'}}}", "elementTitle": "{{body 'elements.0.title' 'default'}}", "ip": "{{ip}}", "method": "{{method}}", "hostname": "{{hostname}}", "friends": [ {{#repeat 2}} { "id": {{@index}}, "name": "{{faker 'person.firstName'}} {{faker 'person.lastName'}}" } {{/repeat}} ], "oneItem": "{{oneOf (array 'item1' 'item2' 'item3')}}", "someItemsAsString": "{{someOf (array 'item1' 'item2' 'item3') 1 2}}", "someItemsAsArray": {{{someOf (array 'item1' 'item2' 'item3') 1 2 true}}}, "userName": {{#switch (urlParam 'id')}} {{#case '1'}}"John"{{/case}} {{#case '2'}}"Jack"{{/case}} {{#default}}"Peter"{{/default}} {{/switch}} }

body editor content

The above template produces the following body with this request:

GET /user/123456?name=john Accept-Language: fr-FR,fr;q=0.9,en-US;q=0.8,en;q=0.7 { "element": [ {"title": "My title"} ] }


{ "userId": "5", "name": "john", "lang": "fr-FR,fr;q=0.9,en-US;q=0.8,en;q=0.7", "elementTitle": "My title", "ip": "::1", "method": "GET", "hostname": "localhost", "friends": [ { "id": 0, "name": "Stephen Bradbury" }, { "id": 1, "name": "Warren Caffey" } ], "oneItem": "item1", "someItemsAsString": "item2", "someItemsAsArray": ["item2", "item3"], "userName": "John" }

This system is flexible enough to generate a lot of different contents like CSV files:

firstname,lastname,countryCode {{#repeat 10}} {{faker 'person.firstName'}},{{faker 'person.lastName'}},{{faker 'location.countryCode'}} {{/repeat}}


firstname,lastname,countryCode Max,Magby,AZ Stan,Muldoon,HM Drew,Rebelo,CY Cory,Neal,BG Grace,Whitson,CY Haydee,Backer,ET Erik,Friedrich,MX Stephen,Paquette,PH Neida,Durrett,PN Vaughn,Neal,MO

 Base64 encoding

By using the base64 helper, you can encode parts or entirety of the response by enclosing the content in a block helper.
Inline helper:

{{base64 'test'}} {{base64 (body 'path.to.property')}}

Block helper:

{{# base64}} firstname,lastname,countryCode {{# repeat 10 }} {{ faker 'person.firstName' }},{{ faker 'person.lastName' }},{{ faker 'location.countryCode' }} {{/ repeat}} {{/ base64}}

 Disable body and file templating

Templating can be disabled for the body and file content in each route response separately. Thus, no helper will be interpreted by the templating engine.

First, open the Route response settings:

click on route response fourth settings tab

Then, disable the templating by checking the box:

check the disable templating box

 File input templating

Templating is also supported in the file input field. It allows to dynamically serve files depending on the request parameters, like urlParam or any other helper. Example:

If you have a set of files named ./file1.json and ./file2.json, a route param can be declared (/myroute/:id) and retrieved with the urlParam helper in the file input:

c:/.../file{{urlParam 'id'}}.json.

If you call this route with /myroute/1, ./file1.json will be sent.

add a templating helper in the file path

 Headers and rule values

Templating helpers can also be used in the headers values both in route headers and environment headers:

add a templating helper in the header value

Finally, templating helpers can be used in the response rule values to create dynamic rules:

screenshot showing a response rule with a template helper in the value field