Talysson Talysson - 2 months ago 21
Node.js Question

Change Express view folder based on where is the file that res.render() is called

I would like to change the view folder of Express when I call res.render().

For example, if I call res.render(viewName) inside /folder/file.js, I would like that Express look for the view inside /folder/views.

If the file is inside /folder1/folder2/file.js, I would like that Express look for the view inside /folder1/folder2/views

Is it possible ?


You can use the method set() to redefine express's default settings.

app.set('views', path.join(__dirname, '/yourViewDirectory'));

For a dynamic path change you can do something like this:

var express = require('express');
var path = require('path');
var app = express();

app.engine('jade', require('jade').__express);
app.set('view engine','jade');

app.customRender = function (root,name,fn) {

    var engines = app.engines;
    var cache = app.cache;

    view = cache[root+'-'+name];

    if (!view) {
        view = new (app.get('view'))(name, {
          defaultEngine: app.get('view engine'),
          root: root,
          engines: engines

        if (!view.path) {
          var err = new Error('Failed to lookup view "' + name + '" in views directory "' + root + '"');
          err.view = view;
          return fn(err);

        cache[root+'-'+name] = view;

    try {
      view.render(opts, fn);
    } catch (err) {

app.get('/', function(req, res) {

    app.customRender(path.join(__dirname, '/path/to/user/'),'index',function (err,html) {
        if (err)