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TypeChain Hardhat plugin

Zero-config TypeChain support for Hardhat

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Automatically generate TypeScript bindings for smartcontracts while using Hardhat.


If you use Ethers do:

npm install --save-dev typechain @typechain/hardhat @typechain/ethers-v6

If you're a Truffle user you need:

npm install --save-dev typechain @typechain/hardhat @typechain/truffle-v5

And add the following statements to your hardhat.config.js:


Or, if you use TypeScript, add this to your hardhat.config.ts:

import '@typechain/hardhat'
import '@nomicfoundation/hardhat-ethers'
import '@nomicfoundation/hardhat-chai-matchers'

Here's a sample tsconfig.json:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "es2018",
    "module": "commonjs",
    "strict": true,
    "esModuleInterop": true,
    "outDir": "dist",
    "resolveJsonModule": true
  "include": ["./scripts", "./test", "./typechain-types"],
  "files": ["./hardhat.config.ts"]

Now typings should be automatically generated each time contract recompilation happens.

Warning: before running it for the first time you need to do hardhat clean, otherwise TypeChain will think that there is no need to generate any typings. This is because this plugin will attempt to do incremental generation and generate typings only for changed contracts. You should also do hardhat clean if you change any TypeChain related config option.


  • Zero Config Usage - Run the compile task as normal, and Typechain artifacts will automatically be generated in a root directory called typechain-types.
  • Incremental generation - Only recompiled files will have their types regenerated
  • Frictionless - return type of ethers.getContractFactory will be typed properly - no need for casts


This plugin overrides the compile task and automatically generates new Typechain artifacts on each compilation.

There is an optional flag --no-typechain which can be passed in to skip Typechain compilation.

This plugin also adds the typechain task to hardhat:

hardhat typechain # always regenerates typings to all files


This plugin extends the hardhatConfig optional typechain object. The object contains two fields, outDir and target. outDir is the output directory of the artifacts that TypeChain creates (defaults to typechain). target is one of the targets specified by the TypeChain docs (defaults to ethers).

This is an example of how to set it:

module.exports = {
  typechain: {
    outDir: 'src/types',
    target: 'ethers-v6',
    alwaysGenerateOverloads: false, // should overloads with full signatures like deposit(uint256) be generated always, even if there are no overloads?
    externalArtifacts: ['externalArtifacts/*.json'], // optional array of glob patterns with external artifacts to process (for example external libs from node_modules)
    dontOverrideCompile: false // defaults to false


npx hardhat compile - Compiles and generates Typescript typings for your contracts. Example Ethers + Hardhat Chai Matchers test that uses typedefs for contracts:

import { ethers } from 'hardhat'
import chai from 'chai'

import { Counter } from '../src/types/Counter'

const { expect } = chai

describe('Counter', () => {
  let counter: Counter

  beforeEach(async () => {
    // 1
    const signers = await ethers.getSigners()

    // 2
    counter = await ethers.deployContract("Counter")

    // 3
    const initialCount = await counter.getCount()

  // 4
  describe('count up', async () => {
    it('should count up', async () => {
      await counter.countUp()
      let count = await counter.getCount()

  describe('count down', async () => {
    // 5 - this throw a error with solidity ^0.8.0
    it('should fail', async () => {
      await counter.countDown()

    it('should count down', async () => {
      await counter.countUp()

      await counter.countDown()
      const count = await counter.getCount()


Original work done by @RHLSTHRM.


Using the types generated by this plugin can lead to Hardhat failing to run. The reason is that the types are not avialable for loading the config, and that's required to generate the types.

To workaround this issue, you can run TS_NODE_TRANSPILE_ONLY=1 npx hardhat compile.

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