šŸ”Œ Typescript bindings for Ethereum smartcontracts


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šŸ”Œ Typescript bindings for Ethereum smartcontracts

Build Status code style: prettier

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npm install --save-dev typechain
yarn add --dev typechain

Note: TypeChain requires web3 in version: 0.20.x.


typechain [--force] [glob]
  • glob - pattern that will be used to find ABIs, remember about adding quotes: typechain "**/*.json"
  • --force - force overwrite existing files
  • --outDir - put all generated files to a specific dir


typechain --force --outDir app/contracts './node_modules/neufund-contracts/build/contracts/*.json'

Features āš”

  • static typing - you will never call not existing method again
  • IDE support - works with any IDE supporting Typescript
  • revamped API - native promises, safety checks and more!
  • compatibility - under the hood it uses web3 so it's 100% compatible
  • frictionless - works with simple, JSON ABI files as well as with Truffle style ABIs

Demo šŸŽļø


Example usage

Getting started šŸ“š


Interacting with blockchain in Javascript is a pain. Web3 interface is sluggish and when using it with Typescript it gets even worse. Often, you can't be sure what given method call will actually do without looking at ABI file. TypeChain is here to solve these problems (as long as you use Typescript).

How does it work?

TypeChain is code generator - provide ABI file and you will get Typescript class with flexible interface for interacting with blockchain.

In future we plan to leverage something like tsc plugin system to come up with much more elegant solution. You can keep track of Allow "Compiler Plugins" issue.

Step by step guide

Install typechain with yarn add --dev typechain.

Run typechain (you might need to make sure that it's available in your path if you installed it only locally), it will automatically find all .abi files in your project and generate Typescript classes based on them. You can specify your glob pattern: typechain "**/*.abi.json". node_modules are always ignored. Use --force to overwrite already existing files. We recommend git ignoring these generated files and making typechain part of your build process.

That's it! Now, just import contract bindings as any other file import { MyAwesomeContract } from './contracts/MyAwesomeContract' and start interacting with it. We use named exports because of this.


Let's take a look at typings generated for simple smartcontract:

import { BigNumber } from "bignumber.js";
import {
} from "./typechain-runtime";

export class DumbContract extends TypeChainContract {
  public readonly rawWeb3Contract: any;

  public constructor(web3: any, address: string) {
    const abi = [
      // ... ABI
    super(web3, address, abi);

  static async createAndValidate(web3: any, address: string): Promise<DumbContract> {
    const contract = new DumbContract(web3, address);
    const code = await promisify(web3.eth.getCode, [address]);
    if (code === "0x0") {
      throw new Error(`Contract at ${address} doesn't exist!`);
    return contract;

  public get counter(): Promise<BigNumber> {
    return promisify(this.rawWeb3Contract.counter, []);
  public get SOME_VALUE(): Promise<boolean> {
    return promisify(this.rawWeb3Contract.SOME_VALUE, []);
  public counterArray(index: BigNumber | number): Promise<BigNumber> {
    return promisify(this.rawWeb3Contract.counterArray, [index]);
  public returnAll(): Promise<[BigNumber, BigNumber]> {
    return promisify(this.rawWeb3Contract.returnAll, []);
  public counterWithOffset(offset: BigNumber | number): Promise<BigNumber> {
    return promisify(this.rawWeb3Contract.counterWithOffset, [offset]);

  public countupForEtherTx(): DeferredTransactionWrapper<IPayableTxParams> {
    return new DeferredTransactionWrapper<IPayableTxParams>(this, "countupForEther", []);
  public countupTx(offset: BigNumber | number): DeferredTransactionWrapper<ITxParams> {
    return new DeferredTransactionWrapper<ITxParams>(this, "countup", [offset]);

Using it can be as simple as:

const dumbContract = await DumbContract.createAndValidate(web3, contractAddress);

console.log(`Current counter value is: ${await dumbContract.counter}`);

console.log("Lets increase it by 2... This results in state change so we need to create tx.");
await dumbContract.countupTx(2).send({ from: accounts[0], gas: GAS_LIMIT_STANDARD });

console.log(`Current counter value is: ${await dumbContract.counter}`);

console.log("We can also get signed tx data: ");
console.log(await dumbContract.countupTx(2).getData());

console.log("When calling payable txs, TypeChain will make sure that you provide ether value:");
await dumbContract
  .send({ from: accounts[0], gas: GAS_LIMIT_STANDARD, value: 10 });
console.log(`Current counter value is: ${await dumbContract.counter}`);

which gives following output:

Current counter value is: 0
Lets increase it by 2... This results in state change so we need to create tx.
Current counter value is: 2
We can also get signed tx data:
When calling payable txs, TypeChain will make sure that you provide ether value:
Current counter value is: 12

FAQ šŸ¤”

Q: Should I commit generated files to my repository?

A: NO ā€” we believe that no generated files should go to git repository. You should git ignore them and make typechain run automatically for example in post install hook in package.json:


When you update ABI, just regenerate files with TypeChain and Typescript compiler will find any breaking changes for you.

Q: How do I customize generated classes?

A: You can create your own class that extends generated one and adds additional methods etc.

Currently we discuss various ideas around extendibility including APIs files (adding semantics to ABIs for covering popular cases like working with dates) or using user-defined templates for generated code.

Q: Generated files won't match current codestyle of my project :(

A: We will automatically format generated classes with prettier to match your coding preferences (just make sure to use .prettierrc file). Furthermore, we will silent tslint for generated files with /* tslint:disable */ comments.

Roadmap šŸ›£ļø

  • improve generated code (more checks, wiring contracts together)
  • events

Running tests

yarn        # install all dependencies
yarn test   # runs tests + linting

Debugging šŸž

DEBUG=typechain typechain

Original author:

Krzysztof Kaczor | Github | Twitter

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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