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    Atom TypeScript

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    JavaScript developers can now just open a .ts file and start hacking away like they are used to. No grunt no Visual Studio. Just pure coding.


    1. Install atom.
    2. apm install atom-typescript (apm needs git in your path)
    3. Fire up atom. Wait for the message: AtomTS: Dependencies installed correctly. Enjoy TypeScript ♥ It may take up to 5 minutes for this message to appear. Be patient!

    Additional Notes: Some packages we love.


    Featured on the TypeScript home page under tools and demoed by Anders Hejlsberg.

    "I was shocked at how good it felt to poke around on the compiler with it." Jonathan Turner
    "And guess what, it worked perfectly. Like everything else! Faster than Visual Studio!" Daniel Earwicker
    "It's a thing of beauty - they had me at 'Type information on hover'. Discovering tsconfig.json support as well was just an enormous bonus." John Reilly
    "This may be your best option for editing TypeScript at the moment - very nice!" Rasmus Schultz

    Add yours!


    • Autocomplete
    • Live error analysis
    • Type information on hover
    • Compile on save
    • Project Context Support (tsconfig.json)
    • Project Build Support
    • Format code
    • Goto Declaration
    • Find References
    • Block comment and uncomment
    • Goto history (goto next/previous error in open files, goto next/previous build)
    • Auto indent for new lines
    • TypeScript context menu
    • Symbols in Project
    • Symbols in File
    • Rename refactoring
    • Quick Fix
    • Common Snippets
    • import / /// <reference relative path resolution
    • Output Toggle
    • AST visualizer
    • Dependency View
    • Sync


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    Feature Details

    Auto Complete

    Internally using AutoComplete+. Just start typing and hints will show up. Or you can explicitly trigger it using ctrl+space or cmd+space. Press tab to make a selection.

    Type information on hover

    Just hover

    you definitely get the point

    Compile on save

    TypeScript files will be compiled on save. Different notifications are given if emit was successful or not. Configuration driven by tsconfig.json

    Project Support

    Supported via tsconfig.json (read more) which is going to be the defacto Project file format for the next versions of TypeScript.

    It also supports filesGlob which will expand files for you based on minmatch|glob|regex (similar to grunt).

    Project Build Support

    Shortcut: F6. If there are any errors they are shown as well.

    Format Code

    Shortcut : ctrl+alt+l or cmd+alt+l. Will format just the selection if you have something selected otherwise it will format the entire file.

    Go to Declaration

    Shortcut : F12. Will open the first declaration of the said item for now. (Note: some people call it Go to Definition)

    Find References

    Shortcut shift+F12. Also called find usages.

    Block Comment and Uncomment

    ctrl+/ or cmd+/. Does a block comment / uncomment of code.

    Go to Next / Go to Previous

    f8 and shift+f8 respectively. This will go to next/previous errors in open files OR build error OR references based on which tab you have selected.

    Context menu

    Quickly toggle the TypeScript panel OR select active TypeScript panel tab and other stuff using the context menu. ctrl+; or cmd+;.

    Symbols View

    Integrates with atom's symbols view (ctrl+r or cmd+r) to provide you with a list of searchable symbols in the current file.

    Project Symbols View

    Also called Go To Type in other IDEs. Integrates with atom's project level symbols (ctrl+shift+r or cmd+shift+r) to provide you with a list of searchable symbols in the entire typescript project.



    f2 to initiate rename. enter to commit and esc to cancel.

    Quick Fix

    Press the TypeScript: Quick Fix shortcut alt+enter at an error location to trigger quick fixes. Select the quick fix you want and press enter to commit e.g

    Add class members

    More Quick fixes

    We are actively adding quick fixes so go here for an up to date list.

    tsconfig validation

    We will validate it and help you to fix it :)


    Relative Paths

    Relative paths have traditionally been a pain, not anymore. Use import or ref and press tab to trigger snippet.



    Note that within the path string you get autocomplete (ctrl+space/cmd+space) for all the files in the project by filename (works for both ref and import).

    Output Toggle

    ctrl+shift+m to toggle the output compiled JS file for a give TypeScript file. The keyboard shortcut is consistent with atom's markdown preview.

    AST Visualizer

    Command : Typescript: Ast. Useful when authoring new features.

    Also command : TypeScript: Ast Full that includes the trivia (punctuation, comments etc. received from ts.Node.getChildren()) as well.

    Dependency View

    Command : Typescript: Dependency View. A dependency viewer for insight into the project. You can zoom, pan, drag points around and hover over nodes. (more details)


    We try to keep as much of the stuff in sync while you edit code. However in dire circumstances:

    • a soft sync is done when you save a file ctrl+s and we will completely reprocess the active file. This might not fix stuff if the error is because of some other file on the file system.
    • ctrl+' or cmd+' : If you deleted files in the background or renamed them or jumped git branches or something weird just happened then sync. No need to restart your IDE :).


    Look at for curiosity. We work hard to keep the code as approachable as possible and are highly keen on helping you help us.


    Breaking changes available online.


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