TypeScript - Build Tools

Build Tools are utilities that help automate the transformation and bundling of your code into a single file. Most JavaScript projects use these build tools to automate the build process.

There are several common build tools available that can be integrated with TypeScript. We will take a look at how to integrate TypeScript with some of these tools:

  • Browserify
  • Grunt
  • Gulp
  • Webpack


Use Browserify plugin Tsify for compiling TypeScript files.

Install Tsify using NPM (Node.js Package Manager) using the following command:

npm install tsify

Use the following command to compile your code and output the result in a file named bundle.js.

browserify main.ts -p [ tsify --noImplicitAny ] > bundle.js


Use grunt-ts plugin from Grunt for TypeScript.

Install Grunt-ts using the following NPM command:

npm install grunt-ts

You will need to include the Grunt config file:

module.exports = function(grunt) {
        ts: {
                default : {
                src: ["**/*.ts", "!node_modules/**/*.ts"]
    grunt.registerTask("default", ["ts"]);


Use gulp-typescript plugin for TypeScript.

Install it using the following NPM command:

npm install gulp-typescript

You will need to include the gulp config file:

var gulp = require("gulp");
var ts = require("gulp-typescript");

gulp.task("default", function () {
                var tsResult = gulp.src("src/*.ts")
              noImplicitAny: true,
                out: "output.js"
                return tsResult.js.pipe(gulp.dest("built/local"));


Use ts-loader plugin for TypeScript.

npm install ts-loader –save-dev


npm install awesome-typescript-loader

You will need to include the webpack.config.js config file:

module.exports = {
    entry: "./src/index.tsx",
    output: {
        filename: "bundle.js"
    resolve: {
                // Add '.ts' and '.tsx' as a resolvable extension.
        extensions: ["", ".webpack.js", ".web.js", ".ts", ".tsx", ".js"]
    module: {
        loaders: [
                // all files with a '.ts' or '.tsx' extension will be handled by 'ts-loader'
            { test: /\.tsx?$/, loader: "ts-loader" } // replace with your plugin of choice