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Cheetah is a Python-powered template engine and code-generator.

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Cheetah is a Python-powered template engine and code-generator. It is similar to the Jakarta project’s Velocity.


For a high-level introduction to Cheetah please refer to the User’s Guide at

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“I’m enamored with Cheetah” - Sam Ruby

“Give Cheetah a try. You won’t regret it.” - Alex Martelli

“Cheetah is a truly powerful system” - Alex Martelli

“Cheetah is a serious contender for the ‘best of breed’ Python templating” - Alex Martelli

“People with a strong PHP background absolutely love Cheetah for being Smarty, but much, much better.” - Marek Baczynski

“I am using Smarty and I know it very well, but compiled Cheetah Templates with its inheritance approach is much powerful and easier to use than Smarty.” - Jarosław Zabiełło

“There is no better solution than Cheetah” - Wilk

“A cheetah template can inherit from a python class, or a cheetah template, and a Python class can inherit from a cheetah template. This brings the full power of OO programming facilities to the templating system, and simply blows away other templating systems” - Mike Meyer

“Cheetah has successfully been introduced as a replacement for the overweight XSL Templates for code generation. Despite the power of XSL (and notably XPath expressions), code generation is better suited to Cheetah as templates are much easier to implement and manage.” - The FEAR development team (

“I’ve used Cheetah quite a bit and it’s a very good package” - Kevin Dangoor

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