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Version: 3.5

TypeScript in Redwood

Redwood comes with full TypeScript support, and you don't have to give up any of the conveniences that Redwood offers to enjoy all the benefits of a type-safe codebase.

Getting Started

Starting a Redwood Project in TypeScript

You can use the --typescript option on yarn create redwood-app to use TypeScript from the start:

yarn create redwood-app my-redwood-app --typescript

Converting a JavaScript Project to TypeScript

Started your project in JavaScript but want to switch to TypeScript? Start by using the tsconfig setup command:

yarn rw setup tsconfig

This adds tsconfig.json files to both the web and the api side, telling VSCode that this's a TypeScript project. (You can go ahead and remove the jsconfig.json files from both sides now.)

You don't need to convert all your JavaScript files to TypeScript right away. In fact, you probably shouldn't. Do it incrementally. Start by renaming your files from .js to .ts. (Or, if they have a React component, .tsx.)

Core Concepts

1. Automatic types

When you're developing in TypeScript, the Redwood CLI is your trusted companion—focus on writing code and it'll generate as many of the types as it can. When you run yarn rw dev, the CLI watches files for changes so that it can generate types. (More on this in the Generated Types doc.)

But let's say that you don't have the dev server running, and are just coding and notice missing types. You can always run yarn rw g types to make sure you have all the types you need.

2. Use generators to learn about available utility types

Let's say you generate a Cell using the command yarn rw g cell Post. If your project is in TypeScript, the generated files will contain a bunch of utility types (imported from @redwoodjs/web), as well as types specific to your project (imported from types/graphql). You don't need to learn all the utility types up front, but they're documented in detail in the Utility Types doc when you're ready.

3. Redwood won't force you to type everything

The Redwood philosophy is to keep things as simple as possible at first. Redwood generates as much as possible, avoids forcing you to type every little detail, and doesn't have strict mode on by default. Where needed (e.g. the DbAuthHandler) you can make use of generics to be more specific with your types.

But if you're comfortable with TypeScript and want that extra level of safety, take a look at our Strict Mode doc.

A Few Useful Tips

Sharing Types between Sides

To share types between sides:

  1. Put them in a directory called types at the root of your project (you may have to create this directory)
  2. Restart your editor's TypeScript server. In VSCode, you can do this by running the "TypeScript: Restart TS server" command via the command palette (make sure you're in a .js or .ts file)

Running Type Checks

Behind the scenes, Redwood actually uses Babel to transpile TypeScript. This's why you're able to convert your project from JavaScript to TypeScript incrementally, but it also means that, strictly speaking, dev and build don't care about what the TypeScript compiler has to say.

That's where the type-check command comes in:

yarn rw type-check

This runs tsc on your project and ensures that all the necessary generated types are generated first. Checkout the CLI reference for type-check