Go templates mix an excellent blent of flexibility and powerful features. The html/templates package even has context aware templating for handling HTML escaping and JavaScript variable declaration.

One thing I tripped over is using the very powerful pipeline feature to specify custom pipelines. This worked fine for a single template, but I kept getting.

panic: template: view.tmpl:9: function "titleExpand" not defined

Doing this on each template is cumbersome, here’s how I applied titleExpand to all templates.

import (

type Page struct {
	 Title string

var funcMap = template.FuncMap{
	"titleExpand": TitleExpand,

var templates = template.Must(template.New("").Funcs(funcMap).ParseGlob("*.tmpl"))

func TitleExpand(args ...interface{}) string {
	ok := false
	var s string
	if len(args) == 1 {
		s, ok = args[0].(string)
	if !ok {
		s = fmt.Sprint(args...)

	return "Title: " + s

func renderTemplate(w http.ResponseWriter, tmpl string, p *Page) {
	p := Page{Title: "Blog Post"}
	err := templates.ExecuteTemplate(w, tmpl+".tmpl", p)
	if err != nil {
		http.Error(w, err.Error(), http.StatusInternalServerError)

<div>{{titleExpand .Title}}</div>