with Meteor: Access Template Helper(or variable) from another helper

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Disclaimer: This may not answer your question directly, but it might be helpful for people stuck with a similar use case:

Sometimes it's easy to get locked into the "Meteor way", that standard Javascript rules are forgotten.

Two use cases that sound similar to what you're trying to do:

1. For helpers/events that you can access anywhere on the client-side, simply set a global helper.

Put this in, say, client/helpers.js:

Helpers = {
    someFunction: function(params) {
        /* Do something here */

Now Helpers.someFunction() is available to all templates.

If you want to bind the local template instance to it for some reason, again, it's standard JS:

var boundFunction = Helpers.someFunction.bind(this);

2. To create reusable Blaze helpers inside of templates, use Template.registerHelper

For example, this function uses the "numeral" library to format numbers:

Template.registerHelper('numeral', function(context, opt) {
    var format = (opt.hash && opt.hash.format) || '0,0.00';
    return numeral(context || 0).format(format);

You can use this in any template like so:

{{numeral someNumberVariable format='0,0'}}

How can I reference a template helper from another one? For example...

    reusableHelper: function() {
        return this.field1 * 25 / 100; //or some other result
    anotherHelper: function() {
        if (this.reusableHelper() > 300) //this does not work
            return this.reusableHelper() + ' is greater than 300'; 
            return this.reusableHelper() + ' is smaller than 300';

I have also tried Template.instance().__helpers.reusableHelper - all with no luck.

Alternatively is there a way to define reactive Template instance variables?

XXX is a sub-template that renders multiple times on the same page.

i had something similar -- i had 2 helpers in the same template that needed access to the same function. however, that function 1) needed access to a reactive var in the template, and 2) is a filter function, so i couldn't just pass in the data of that reactive var.

i ended up defining the filter function in the templates onCreated() and stored it in a reactive var, so the helpers could access it.

Template.Foo.onCreated(function () {

    this.fooData = new ReactiveVar();

    function filterFoo(key) {
        var foo = Template.instance().fooData.get();
        // filter result is based on the key and the foo data
        return [true|false];

    this.filterFoo = new ReactiveVar(filterFoo);


    helper1: function() {
        var filterFn = Template.instance().filterFoo.get();
        return CollectionA.getKeys().filter(filterFn);
    helper2: function() {
        var filterFn = Template.instance().filterFoo.get();
        return CollectionB.getKeys().filter(filterFn);


this just came up again at work, and this time we used modules. in this case, we had a number of large, related functions that had to maintain data across calls. i wanted them outside the template file but not totally polluting the Meteor scope. so we made a module (polluting the Meteor scope 1x) and called the functions therein from the template.


FooHelpers = (function () {
    var _foo;

    function setupFoo(value) {
        _foo = value;

    function getFoo() {
        return _foo;

    function incFoo() {

    return {
        setupFoo: setupFoo,
        getFoo: getFoo,
        incFoo: incFoo


    testFoo: function() {

console output is 7, 8.

I found a better solution with collection hooks:

Item =  new Mongo.Collection('Items');
    isAuthor: function(){
        return this.authorId == Meteor.userId();
    color: function(){
            return 'green';
            return 'red';

I then becomes functions of this, usable in both helpers and templates.

You can but only with global template helpers.


Here is an example calling Iron:Router's pathFor global helper.

  url: function () {
    var hash = {};
    hash.route = path;
    hash.query = this.query;
    hash.hash = this.hash;
    hash.data = this.data;
    var options = new Spacebars.kw(hash);

    if (this.url){
      return Blaze._globalHelpers.urlFor(options)
    } else if( this.path || this.route ) {
      return Blaze._globalHelpers.pathFor(options)

EDIT: To your second question. You can call the same template as many times as you like on a page and pass different data attributes directly into it and/or use #each block template wrapper to iterate over data. #each will call a template many times giving it a different data context each time.

#each Example

<template name="listOfPosts">
    {{#each posts}}
      {{>postListItem}} <!--this template will get a different data context each time-->

Attributes Example

<template name="postDetails">
  {{>postHeader title="Hello World" headerType="main" data=someHelper}}
  {{>postHeader title="I am a sub" headerType="sub" data=newHelper}}
  {{>postBody doc=bodyHelper}}

Adding on to Nils' answer, I have been able to access Template level helpers in events using the following code:

'click a#back': (event, instance) ->
    if instance.view.template.__helpers[' complete']() && instance.view.template.__helpers[' changed']()

Since this answer is currently missing - I wanted to add an update

In the current meteor version, you should be able to call:

var TEMPLATE_NAME = //the name of your template...
var HELPER_NAME = //the name of your helper...
Template[TEMPLATE_NAME].__helpers[' '+HELPER_NAME]

You should call it like this, if you want to make sure the helper has access to this:

var context = this;
Template[TEMPLATE_NAME].__helpers[' '+HELPER_NAME].call(context,/* args */);

But be careful - this could break in future Meteor versions.