I have a "notes" field in my CartoDB table, that I tried to populate with multi-line texts, but there doesn't seem to be a way to add line breaks. If I use <br /> I just end up with a literal <br /> in my info window.

Can I force a line break?

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    Found it: stackoverflow.com/questions/21251638/…
    – Amanda
    Apr 22, 2014 at 3:38
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    It would be helpful to include the solution you found as an answer for future readers. The link in addition to a description of the solution would be helpful.
    – Aaron
    Mar 26, 2015 at 11:31
  • What was your solution please? Oct 15, 2015 at 18:29

2 Answers 2


From https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21251638/mustache-js-allow-only-line-breaks-escape-other-html

Option 1 - Use a pre tag:

It's actually best (or efficient) that you wrap text in a <pre></pre> tag, which will preserve the white space in the text.


And enable word-wrap

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/248011/how-do-i-wrap-text-in-a-pre-tag - http://jsfiddle.net/X5ZY7/

Option 2 - Split your string into lines, and use a mustache each:

comment = userComment.split("\n")


Option 3 - Manually escape your string using your favorite method before injecting the

var div = document.createElement("div")
div.textContent = comment
comment = div.innerHTML.replace(/\n/g, "<br/>")

  • Which of these 3 options did you actually use in cartodb?
    – raphael
    Mar 29, 2016 at 21:44

You can keep the <br> tags inside the notes column and signal to mustache.js not to strip the html in that column by using a "triple mustache" around that column in the custom html pane for your info-window: {{{notes}}}


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