Marko + Express

Quick Start

npm init marko -- --template vite-express
# Or `npx create-marko --template vite-express`

See Marko’s example projects for working Express integration code, such as:

But if you want to do things the hard way…

Doing things the hard way

First, install Marko, Express, and the glue to hold them together:

npm install marko express @marko/express --save

Skip the view engine

Express’s builtin view engine may be asynchronous, but it doesn’t support streaming — see Rediscovering Progressive HTML Rendering for why that’s important. So instead, we bypass Express’s view engine to use @marko/express instead.

The @marko/express package adds a res.marko() method to Express’s response object. This method works like res.render(), but without the restrictions of Express’s view engine, letting you take full advantage of Marko’s streaming and modular template organization.

ProTip: By using res.marko(), properties from app.locals and res.locals are automatically available on $global.

import express from "express";
import markoPlugin from "@marko/express";
import template from "./template.marko";

const app = express();
app.use(markoPlugin()); // Enables `res.marko(template, input)`

app.get("/", function (req, res) {
  res.marko(template, {
    name: "Frank",
    count: 30,
    colors: ["red", "green", "blue"],


Note: Older versions of @marko/express used to also attach Express’s app, req, and res objects onto $global. This meant uncontrolled network data could cause new and exciting surprises in your app code. Nowadays we recommend explicitly accessing the specific pieces of the HTTP exchange you’re interested in, like this:

app.get("/", function (req, res) {
  res.marko(template, {
    params: req.params,
    submitted: req.method === "POST" && req.body,

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bundler)

Most of Marko’s API requires a bundler: the example code above assumes that .marko files can be imported in your environment. Check out Marko’s supported bundlers to see what works best for you.

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