Over TypeScript tool to use custom transformers in the tsconfig.json


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What it is

Currently TypeScript doesn't support custom transformers in the tsconfig.json, but supports it programmatically.

And there is no way to compile your files using custom transformers using tsc command.

TTypescript (Transformer TypeScript) solves this problem by patching on the fly the compile module to use transformers from tsconfig.json.

Instead of tsc and tsserver, use ttsc and ttsserver wrappers. This wrappers try to use locally installed typescript first.

No version lock-ins - typescript used as peer dependency.

How to install

npm i ttypescript -D

ttypescript uses your installed typescript in your node_modules

How to use


Set a transformer path to the tsconfig.json in compilerOptions section plugin array:

    "compilerOptions": {
        "plugins": [
            { "transform": "transformer-module" },

plugin entries described in PluginConfig:

export interface PluginConfig {
     * Path to transformer or transformer module name
    transform?: string;

     * The optional name of the exported transform plugin in the transform module.
    import?: string;

     * Plugin entry point format type, default is program
    type?: 'program' | 'config' | 'checker' | 'raw' | 'compilerOptions';

     * Should transformer applied after all ones
    after?: boolean;

     * Should transformer applied for d.ts files, supports from TS2.9
    afterDeclarations?: boolean;
     * any other properties provided to the transformer as config argument
     * */
    [options: string]: any;

You just need to add the transform block with optional import, type, after, afterDeclarations and plugin-related options.

transform can accept npm module or local file path (.ts or .js) related to tsconfig.json


Because currently transformers can run only programmatically, most of them use factory wrapper with different signatures. For the possible to work with any of them you can specify type in the plugin config.

By default will be used a program type.


If the transformer has a factory signature using program as first argument:

(program: ts.Program, config?: PluginConfig) => ts.TransformerFactory
ts.TransformerFactory = (context: ts.TransformationContext) => (sourceFile: ts.SourceFile) => ts.SourceFile

Plugin config entry: { "transform": "transformer-module" }.


For the signature with transformer's config:

(config: PluginConfig) => ts.TransformerFactory

Plugin config entry: { "transform": "transformer-module", type: "config" }.


For the signature with ts.TypeChecker:

(checker: ts.TypeChecker, config?: PluginConfig) => ts.TransformerFactory

Plugin config entry: { "transform": "transformer-module", type: "checker" }.


For the signature without factory wrapper:


Plugin config entry: { "transform": "transformer-module", type: "raw" }.


(compilerOpts: ts.CompilerOptions, config?: PluginConfig) => ts.TransformerFactory

Plugin config entry: { "transform": "transformer-module", type: "compilerOptions" }.

    "compilerOptions": {
        "plugins": [
            { "transform": "transformer-module", "someOption1": 123, "someOption2": 321 },
            { "transform": "./transformers/my-transformer.ts" },
            { "transform": "transformer-module", "after": true },
            { "transform": "transformer-module", "afterDeclarations": true },
            { "transform": "transformer-module", "type": "ls" }

Command line

Like usual tsc, all arguments work the same way.



ts-node --compiler ttypescript index.ts
ts-node -C ttypescript index.ts


Just install a parcel plugin

npm i parcel-plugin-ttypescript


        test: /\.(ts|tsx)$/,
        loader: require.resolve('awesome-typescript-loader'),
        // or
        loader: require.resolve('ts-loader'),
        options: {
            compiler: 'ttypescript'


// rollup.config.js
import ttypescript from 'ttypescript'
import tsPlugin from 'rollup-plugin-typescript2'

export default {
    // ...
    plugins: [
        // ...
            typescript: ttypescript

VS Code

If you want to compile your project with VS Code task runner you need to overwrite the config typescript.tsdk to path of the installed ttypescript:

"typescript.tsdk": "/usr/local/lib/node_modules/ttypescript/lib",
"typescript.tsdk": "node_modules/ttypescript/lib",

Jest, ts-jest

module.exports = {
  // [...]
  globals: {
    'ts-jest': {
      compiler: 'ttypescript'

or in package.json

  "jest": {
    "globals": {
      "ts-jest": {
        "compiler": "ttypescript"


You can use transformers written in ts or js

// transformer1-module
import * as ts from 'typescript';
export default function(program: ts.Program, pluginOptions: {}) {
    return (ctx: ts.TransformationContext) => {
        return (sourceFile: ts.SourceFile) => {
            function visitor(node: ts.Node): ts.Node {
                // if (ts.isCallExpression(node)) {
                //     return ts.createLiteral('call');
                // }
                return ts.visitEachChild(node, visitor, ctx);
            return ts.visitEachChild(sourceFile, visitor, ctx);

Examples of transformers

{ "transform": "ts-optchain/transform" }

{transform: "typescript-is/lib/transform-inline/transformer"}

{transform: "ts-transformer-keys/transformer"}

{transform: "ts-transformer-enumerate/transformer"}

{transform: "ts-transform-graphql-tag/dist/transformer"}

{transform: "ts-transform-img/dist/transform", type: "config"}

{transform: "ts-transform-css-modules/dist/transform", type: "config"}

{transform: "ts-transform-react-intl/dist/transform", import: "transform", type: "config"}

{transform: "ts-nameof", type: "raw"}

{transform: "typescript-transform-jsx" }

{transform: "typescript-transform-paths" }

{transform: "typescript-transform-macros" }

{transform: "ts-transformer-minify-privates" }

{transform: "typescript-plugin-styled-components", type: "config"}

{ "transform": "@zoltu/typescript-transformer-append-js-extension" }

Tutorial how to write a typescript transformer


An example project is in the example directory


MIT License

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

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