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pass variables to javascript in expressjs

pass variables to javascript in expressjs  using -'javascript,node.js,express,ejs'

I am completely lost on this; I am using NodeJS to fetch a JSON and I need to pass the variable to my page and have JavaScript use the data.

app.get('/test', function(req, res) {
    res.render('testPage', {
        myVar: 'My Data'

That is my Express code (very simple for testing purposes); now using EJS I want to gather this data which I know to render on the page is simply

<%= myVar %>

But I need to be able to gather this data in JavaScript (if possible within a .js file) but for now just to display the variable in an Alert box I have tried

In Jade it is like alert('!{myVar}') or !{JSON.stringify(myVar)}. Can I do something similar in EJS. I don't need any field like <input type=hidden> and taking the value of the field in javascript. If anyone can help be much appreciated

asked Sep 29, 2015 by kotmus2002
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You could also get EJS to render a .js file:

app.get('/test.js', function(req, res) {
  res.set('Content-Type', 'application/javascript');
  res.render('testPage', { myVar : ... });

However, the template file (testPage) would still need to have the .html extension, otherwise EJS won't find it (unless you tell Express otherwise).

As @ksloan points out in the comments: you do have to be careful what myVar contains. If it contains user-generated content, this may leave your site open for script injection attacks.

A possible solution to prevent this from happening:

answered Sep 29, 2015 by tushar2k6
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Try this:

answered Sep 29, 2015 by 20shahi
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Per the documentation here:

Go to the Latest Release, download ./ejs.js or ./ejs.min.js.

Include one of these on your page, and ejs.render(str).

answered Sep 29, 2015 by tseetha