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awesome-typescript-loader @2.2.4

Awesome TS loader for webpack

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The best TypeScript loader for Webpack


npm install awesome-typescript-loader --save-dev

Differences between ts-loader

awesome-typescript-loader loader was created mostly to speed-up compilation in my own projects. Some of them are quite big and I wanted to have full control on how my files are compiled. There are three major points:

  1. awesome-typescript-loader (atl) uses dependency resolution to build modules dependency graph at early stages. This speeds up build process in some corner cases (minimizes module resolutions, minimizes createProgram calls), but adds a lot of additional complexity. Also it can re-emit all related files which is also useful in some corner cases.

  2. atl has first-class integration with Babel and enables caching possibilities. This can be useful for those who use Typescript with Babel. When useBabel and useCache flags are enabled, typescript's emit will be transpiled with Babel and cached. So next time if source file (+environment) has the same checksum we can totally skip typescript's and babel's transpiling. This significantly reduces build time in this scenario.

  3. atl is able to fork type-checker to a separate process, which also speeds-up some development scenarios (e.g. react with react-hot-loader) So your webpack compilation will end earlier and you can explore compiled version in your browser while your files are typecheked.


  1. Add .ts as a resolvable extension.
  2. Configure all files with a .ts extension to be handled by awesome-typescript-loader.


module.exports = {

  // Currently we need to add '.ts' to the resolve.extensions array.
  resolve: {
    extensions: ['', '.ts', '.tsx', '.js', '.jsx']

  // Source maps support ('inline-source-map' also works)
  devtool: 'source-map',

  // Add the loader for .ts files.
  module: {
    loaders: [
        test: /\.ts$/,
        loader: 'awesome-typescript-loader'

After that, you will be able to build TypeScript files with webpack.


You can use the tsconfig.json file to configure your compiler and loader:

    "compilerOptions": {
        "noImplicitAny": true,
        "removeComments": true
    "awesomeTypescriptLoaderOptions": {
        /* ... */

Supported TypeScript

awesome-typescript-loader@2.x aims to support only typescript@2.x and webpack@2x, if you need old compilers please use 1.x or 0.x versions.

Advanced path resolution in TypeScript 2.0

If you want to use new paths and baseUrl feature of TS 2.0 please include TsConfigPathsPlugin. This feature is available only for webpack@2.1.

var TsConfigPathsPlugin = require('awesome-typescript-loader').TsConfigPathsPlugin;

resolve: {
    plugins: [
        new TsConfigPathsPlugin(/* { tsconfig, compiler } */)

Loader options

compiler (string) (default='typescript')

Allows use of TypeScript compilers other than the official one. Must be set to the NPM name of the compiler, e.g. ntypescript or the path to a package folder. Note that the compiler must be installed in your project. You can also use nightly versions.

disableFastEmit (boolean) (default=false)*

Disable fast transpileModule emit mode. Disables automatically when you set declaration: true.

emitRequireType (boolean) (default=false)

Specify whether or not the loader emits webpacks's require type.

instanceName (string) (default='default')

Allows the use of several TypeScript compilers with different settings in one app. Override instanceName to initialize another instance.

reEmitDependentFiles (boolean) (default=false')

Collect file dependency graph and re-emit all dependent files along with the changed file.

tsconfig (string) (default='tsconfig.json')

Specifies the path to a TS config file. This is useful when you have multiple config files. This setting is useless inside a TS config file.

doTypeCheck (boolean) (default=true)

Use this setting to disable type checking.

ignoreDiagnostics (number[]) (default=[])

You can squelch certain TypeScript errors by specifying an array of diagnostic codes to ignore. For example, you can transpile stage 1 properties from *.js using "ignoreDiagnostics": [8014].

forkChecker (boolean) (default=false)

Do type checking in a separate process, so webpack doesn't need to wait. Significantly improves development workflow with tools like react-hot-loader.

Works only with ForkCheckerPlugin:

var ForkCheckerPlugin = require('awesome-typescript-loader').ForkCheckerPlugin;

plugins: [
    new ForkCheckerPlugin(),

forkCheckerSilent (boolean) (default=false)

Less logging from the checker.

useBabel (boolean) (default=false)

Invoke Babel to transpile files. Useful with ES6 target. Please see useCache option which can improve warm-up time.

babelCore (string) (default=undefined)

Override the path used to find babel-core. Useful if node_modules is installed in a non-standard place or webpack is being invoked from a directory not at the root of the project.

babelOptions (object) (default=null)

Use this option to pass some options to Babel (e.g. presets). Please note that .babelrc file is more universal way to do this.

useCache (boolean) (default=false)

Use internal file cache. This is useful with Babel, when processing takes a long time to complete. Improves warm-up time.

usePrecompiledFiles (boolean) (default=false)

Use pre-compiled files if any. Files must be named as {filename}.js and {filename}.map.

cacheDirectory (string) (default='.awcache')

Directory when cache is stored.

skipDeclarationFilesCheck (string) (default=false)

Skip declaration files typechecking. Use this only if you understand consequences.

Compiler options

You can pass compiler options inside loader query string or in tsconfig file.