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A template script defines the output, typically HTML, and is interpreted by a Renderer. The script is written in a templating language such as FreeMarker or JSP.

A template script is a mixture of:

  • Static markup
  • Dynamically assigned values provided by TemplatingFunctions and other convenience helpers
  • Content references


At Magnolia, we prefer FreeMarker for its flexibility, clean syntax and practical error reporting.

Magnolia 5.7 includes FreeMarker version 2.3.38. You can use the .version special variable in a template to check this.

If you are not familiar with FreeMarker, these links will get you started:

For further information about how to use Freemarker in the Magnolia context, also read:

The Magnolia CLI offers the create-page and create-component commands that automatically create basic scripts, template definitions and dialog definitions.