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Customize Defaults

Pebble comes with a rich set of built-in tags and filters that will help you render your templates into websites and other documents with ease. However, imagine a more specific use-case where the templates are not entirely under your control.

In these cases it might be advised to consider stripping-down Pebbles' built-in functionality that may otherwise introduce security-concers regarding the integrity and stability of your application.

Opt-Out using ExtensionCustomizer

The ExtensionCustomizer base class can be used to gain access to the default functionality before it is loaded into Pebbles template engine. Overwrite methods to get hold on provided default-functionality and modify whatever should be available for the template engine.

The following example removes the ForTokenParser, i.e. the ability to parse {% for %}{{ ... }}{% endfor %} constructs:

class ExampleOptOuts extends ExtensionCustomizer {

  public ExampleOptOuts(Extension ext) {

  public List<TokenParser> getTokenParsers() {
    List<TokenParser> tokenParsers = Optional.ofNullable(super.getTokenParsers())
    tokenParsers.removeIf(x -> x instanceof ForTokenParser);
    return tokenParsers;


The ExtensionCustomizer will be used to wrap any Pebble-extension which is provided by default. It can be registered in your setup code to create PebbleEngine:

PebbleEngine engine = new PebbleEngine.Builder().registerExtensionCustomizer(ExampleOptOuts::new).build();