I am Trying to execute a simple EJS program, But getting Unexpected Token ')' error while compiling EJS


I am going to show my code here: It is a very simple one to just display Either Weekday or Weekend.
Installed EJS package from NPM installer

This is list.ejs (inside the views folder)

    <!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>T Do List</title>
    <script src="app.js"></script>
    <!-- The EJS is represented by <%= EJS =%> -->
   <h1>It is a <%= kindOfDay =%> !</h1> <!-- Corrected -->

This is the app.js

const express = require("express");
    const bodyParser = require("body-parser");
    const app = express();
    app.set('view engine','ejs'); //for EJS
    app.get("/", function(req, res){
        var today = new Date();
        var currentDay = today.getDay();
        var day = "";
        if(currentDay === 6 || currentDay === 0) // Sunday - Saturday : 0:6
            day = "weekend";
             // list has to exist in views folder || EJS keyword has to match the {key: value} pair
        else {
            day = "weekday";
        res.render("list", {kindOfDay: day}); 
    app.listen(3000, function(){
        console.log("Server running at port 3000");

This is the index.html file

And this is the error I am getting :

SyntaxError: Unexpected token ')' in ..\todoList-v1\views\list.ejs while compiling ejs

If the above error is not helpful, you may want to try EJS-Lint:
Or, if you meant to create an async function, pass `async: true` as an option.
    at new Function (<anonymous>)
    at Template.compile (..\todoList-v1\node_modules\ejs\lib\ejs.js:662:12)

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Any help would be appreciated: Thank you


The correct syntax for the tag is – <%= and should be ends with %>. You have added = on both sides. Please remove from the ending tag. It should be like –

<h1>It is a <%= kindOfDay %> !</h1>

Also, the way you added comment is not correct in Ejs.

<!-- The EJS is represented by <%= EJS =%> -->

This comment is executing. Please read this question’s answer on adding comment within Ejs. As mentioned in the linked question’s answer, you should use <%# comment %> for the comment.

Finally, if you’re trying to include the main app.js file in Ejs, then don’t. Ejs all about front-end side part. So, you should include scripts that runs in browser.

Answered By – Viral Patel

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