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A superset of Roku's BrightScript language. Compiles to standard BrightScript.

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The BrighterScript language provides new features and syntax enhancements to Roku's BrightScript language. Because the language is a superset of BrightScript, the parser and associated tools (VSCode integration, cli, etc...) work with standard BrightScript (.brs) files. This means you will get benefits (as described in the following section) from using the BrighterScript compiler, whether your project contains BrighterScript (.bs) files or not. The BrighterScript language transpiles to standard BrightScript, so your code is fully compatible with all roku devices.


BrighterScript adds several new features to the BrightScript language such as Namespaces, classes, import statements, and more. Take a look at the language specification docs for more information.

BrighterScript Language Specification

Why use the BrighterScript compiler/CLI?

  • Check the entire project for syntax and program errors without needing to run on an actual Roku device.
  • Catch syntax and program errors at compile time which would not otherwise appear until runtime.
  • The compiler can be used as part of your tool-chains, such as continuous integration or a custom build pipeline.
  • Get real-time syntax validation by using the cli in --watch mode.

Why use the BrighterScript language?

  • Brighterscript is in good hands:

    • The project is open source.
    • Brighterscript is designed by Roku developers, for Roku developers.
    • The project is owned by RokuCommunity and the syntax and features are thoroughly thought out, discussed, and planned.
    • Actively developed.
  • Reduce boilerplate code and time debugging with language features like these:

    • Import statements
      • Declare import statements in scripts instead of xml script tags.
      • Automatically add script tags to XML components for all script import statements and their cascading dependencies
      • Missing imports are flagged at compile time.
    • Classes
      • Support for class inheritance and method overrides
      • Class fields and can be marked as public, protected, and private and incorrect access will be enforced by compile-time checks.
      • Class methods are automatically scoped to the class
    • Namespaces:
      • Automatically add a name prefix to all methods inside a namespace block.
      • Prevents method naming collisions and improves code readability and maintainability.
      • Missing method invocations, and other namespace related syntax errors are reported at compile time.
    • Ternary operator
      • username = m.user <> invalid ? : "not logged in"
    • Template strings
      • print `Hello ${firstNameVar}` .
    • null-coalescing operator
      • user = m.user ?? getDefaultUser()
    • Additional Language features coming soon
      • null-conditional operator: userSettings = m.user?.account?.profile?.settings
    • and more...
  • Full BrighterScript support for syntax checking, validation, and intellisense is available within the Brightscript Language VSCode extension.

  • And if it's not enough, the plugin API allows extending the compiler to provide extra diagnostics or transformations.

Who uses Brighterscript?



The BrighterScript project is used to power the popular Brightscript Language VSCode extension, the maestro framework, and more.

Contact us if you use BrighterScript in your project and would like your logo listed above. More projects are adopting BrighterScript all the time, from using the new BrighterScript language features to simply using the compiler in their build pipeline.

What's with the name?

The name BrighterScript is a compliment to everything that is great about Roku's awesome BrightScript language. Naming things is hard, and discoverability and recognizability are both very important. Here are the reasons we chose this name:

  • the er in BrighterScript represents the additional features we have added on top of BrightScript
  • It looks so similar to BrightScript, which is fitting because this language is 95% BrightScript, 5% extra stuff (the er bits).
  • The config file and extension look very similar between BrightScript and BrighterScript. Take bsconfig.json for example. While brsconfig.json might be more fitting for a pure BrightScript project, bsconfig.json is so very close that you probably wouldn't think twice about it. Same with the fact that .bs (BrighterScript) and .brs are very similar.

We want to honor BrightScript, the language that BrighterScript is based off of, and could think of no better way than to use most of its name in our name.



npm install brighterscript -g


Basic Usage

If your project structure exactly matches Roku's, and you run the command from the root of your project, then you can do the following:


That's it! It will find all files in your BrightScript project, check for syntax and static analysis errors, and if there were no errors, it will produce a zip at ./out/

Advanced Usage

If you need to configure bsc, you can do so in two ways:

  1. Using command line arguments. This tool can be fully configured using command line arguments. To see a full list, run bsc --help in your terminal.
  2. Using a bsconfig.json file. See the available options below. By default, bsc looks for a bsconfig.json file at the same directory that bsc is executed. If you want to store your bsconfig.json file somewhere else, then you should provide the --project argument and specify the path to your bsconfig.json file.


  1. Your project resides in a subdirectory of your workspace folder.

    bsc --root-dir ./rokuSourceFiles
  2. Run the compiler in watch mode

    bsc --watch
  3. Run the compiler in watch mode, and redeploy to the roku on every change

    bsc --watch --deploy --host --password secret_password
  4. Use a bsconfig.json file not located at cwd

    bsc --project ./some_folder/bsconfig.json
  5. Run the compiler as a linter only (watch mode supported)

    bsc --create-package false --copy-to-staging false



The presence of a bsconfig.json file in a directory indicates that the directory is the root of a BrightScript project. The bsconfig.json file specifies the root files and the compiler options required to compile the project.

Configuration inheritance with extends

A bsconfig.json file can inherit configurations from another file using the extends property.

The extends is a top-level property in bsconfig.json. extends’ value is a string containing a path to another configuration file to inherit from.

The configuration from the base file are loaded first, then overridden by those in the inheriting config file. If a circularity is encountered, we report an error.

The files property from the inheriting config file overwrite those from the base config file.

All relative paths found in the configuration file will be resolved relative to the configuration file they originated in.

Optional extends and project

There are situations where you want to store some compiler settings in a config file, but not fail if that config file doesn't exist. To do this, you can denote that your extends or project path is optional by prefixing it with a question mark (?). For example:

  • bsconfig.json extends

      "extends": "?path/to/optional/bsconfig.json"
  • CLI "extends"

    bsc --extends "?path/to/optional/bsconfig.json"
  • CLI project argument

    bsc --project "?path/to/optional/bsconfig.json"
  • Node.js API extends

    var programBuilder = new ProgramBuilder({
        "extends": "?path/to/optional/bsconfig.json"
  • Node.js API project

    var programBuilder = new ProgramBuilder({
        "project": "?path/to/optional/bsconfig.json"

bsconfig.json options

These are the options available in the bsconfig.json file.


Type: string

A path to a project file. This is really only passed in from the command line or the NodeJS API, and should not be present in bsconfig.json files. Prefix with a question mark (?) to prevent throwing an exception when the file does not exist.


Type: string

Relative or absolute path to another bsconfig.json file that this bsconfig.json file should import and then override. Prefix with a question mark (?) to prevent throwing an exception when the file does not exist. Defaults to undefined.

Note: child config properties completely replace parent config properties. For example: if a parent and child bsconfigs both specify an array for plugins, or files, or diagnosticFilters, etc., then the parent's setting will be completely ignored and the child's setting will be used instead.


Type: string

If present, overrides the current working directory when invoking bsc. Defaults to process.cwd().


Type: string

The root directory of your roku project. Defaults to process.cwd().


Type: string

The folder where the transpiled files are placed. This folder will be created automatically if it does not exist, and will be deleted after transpilation completes unless retainStagingDir is set to true. Defaults to ./out/.roku-deploy-staging.


Type: boolean

Prevent the staging folder from being deleted after creating the package. Defaults to false, meaning that the folder is deleted every time.


Type: boolean

If true, removes the explicit type to function's parameters and return (i.e. the as type syntax); otherwise keep this information.



  string |
  string[] |
    src: string | string[],
    dest: string

The files array is how you specify what files are included in your project. Any strings found in the files array must be relative to rootDir, and are used as include filters, meaning that if a file matches the pattern, it is included.

For most standard projects, the default files array should work just fine:

    "files": [

This will copy all files from the standard roku folders directly into the package while maintaining each file's relative file path within rootDir.

If you want to include additional files, you will need to provide the entire array. For example, if you have a folder with other assets, you could do the following:

    "files": [
        //your folder with other assets

If a bsconfig.json file specifies a parent config using the extends field, and the child specifies a files field, then the parent's files field will be completely overridden by the child.

Excluding files

You can exclude files from the output by prefixing your file patterns with "!". This is useful in cases where you want everything in a folder EXCEPT certain files.

    "files": [

The files array is processed from top to bottom, with later patterns overriding previous ones. This means that in order to exclude a file which is included by another pattern, the negative pattern using ! must occur after the positive pattern.

File pattern resolution

All patterns will be resolved relative to rootDir, with their relative positions within rootDir maintained.

Patterns may not reference files outside of rootDir unless the { src, dest } form is used (see below). For example:

    "rootDir": "C:/projects/CatVideoPlayer",
    "files": [

        //NOT allowed because it navigates outside the rootDir

Any valid glob pattern is supported. For more information, see the documentation on the underlying fast-glob library.

Empty folders are not copied.

Paths to folders will be ignored. If you want to copy a folder and its contents, use the glob syntax (i.e. some_folder/**/*).

Specifying file destinations

For more advanced use cases, you may provide an object which contains the source pattern and output path. This allows you to be very specific about what files to copy, and where they are placed in the output folder. This option also supports copying files from outside the rootDir.

The object structure is as follows:

     * A glob pattern string or file path, or an array of glob pattern strings and/or file paths.
     * These can be relative paths or absolute paths.
     * All non-absolute paths are resolved relative to the rootDir
    src: Array<string | string[]>;
     * The relative path to the location in the output folder where the files should be placed,
     * relative to the root of the output folder
    dest: string | undefined

If src is a non-glob path to a single file, then dest should include the filename and extension. For example:

{ "src": "lib/Promise/promise.brs", "dest": "source/promise.brs" }

If src is a glob pattern, then dest should be a path to the folder in the output directory. For example:

{ "src": "lib/*.brs", "dest": "source/lib" }

If src is a path to a folder, it will be ignored. If you want to copy a folder and its contents, use the glob syntax. The following example will copy all files from the lib/vendor folder recursively:

{ "src": "lib/vendor/**/*", "dest": "vendor" }

If dest is not specified it will default to the root of the output folder.

An example of combining regular and advanced file patterns:

    "rootDir": "C:/projects/CatVideoPlayer",
    "files": [
          "src": "../common/promise.brs",
          "dest": "source/common"
File collision handling

Because file entries are processed in order you can override a file by specifying an alternative later in the files array.

For example, if you have a base project and a child project that wants to override specific files, you could do the following:

    "files": [
            //copy all files from the base project
            "src": "../BaseProject/**/*"
        // Override "../BaseProject/themes/theme.brs"
        // with "${rootDir}/themes/theme.brs"


Type: string

The path (including filename) where the output file should be placed. Defaults to "./out/${WORKSPACE_FOLDER_NAME}.zip".


Type: boolean

Causes the build to create a zip package. Defaults to true. This setting is ignored when deploy is enabled.


Type: boolean

If true, the server will keep running and will watch and recompile on every file change. Defaults to false.


Type: boolean

If true, after a successful build, the project will be deployed to the Roku specified in host. Defaults to false. If this field is set to true, then the host and password fields must be set as well.


Type: string

The host of the Roku that this project will deploy to when the deploy field is set to true. Defaults to undefined.


Type: string

The username that will be used to deploy to the Roku device when the deploy field is set to true. Defaults to undefined.


Type: string

The password that will be used to deploy to the Roku device when the deploy field is set to true. Defaults to undefined.


Type: boolean

Emit full paths to files when printing diagnostics to the console. Defaults to false.


Type: boolean

Emit type definition files ( during transpile. Defaults to false.


Type: Array<string | number | {src: string; codes: number[]}

A list of filters used to hide diagnostics.

  • A string value should be a relative-to-root-dir or absolute file path or glob pattern of the files that should be excluded. Any file matching this pattern will have all diagnostics supressed.

  • A number value should be a diagnostic code. This will supress all diagnostics with that code for the whole project.

  • An object can also be provided to filter specific diagnostic codes for a file pattern. For example,

    "diagnosticFilters": [{
        "src": "vendor/**/*",
        "codes": [1000, 1011] //ignore these specific codes from vendor libraries

Defaults to undefined.

If a child bsconfig extends from a parent bsconfig, and both bsconfigs specify diagnosticFilters, the parent bsconfig's diagnosticFilters field will be completely overwritten.


Type: Record<string | number, 'hint' | 'info' | 'warn' | 'error'>

A map of error codes and severity levels that will override diagnostics' severity. When a diagnostic generator doesn't offer enough control on an error's severity, this is a tool to work around blocking errors, or raise the level of other errors.

  "diagnosticSeverityOverrides": {
    "1011": "error",       //raise a warning to an error
    "LINT1001": "warn" //oops we have lots of those to fix... later


Type: "hint" | "info" | "warn" | "error"

Specify what diagnostic levels are printed to the console. This has no effect on what diagnostics are reported in the LanguageServer. Defaults to "warn".


Type: bool

BrighterScript only: will automatically import a script at transpile-time for a component with the same name if it exists. Defaults to false.


Type: string

Override the root directory path where debugger should locate the source files. The location will be embedded in the source map to help debuggers locate the original source files. This only applies to files found within rootDir. This is useful when you want to preprocess files before passing them to BrighterScript, and want a debugger to open the original files. This option also affects the SOURCE_FILE_PATH and SOURCE_LOCATION source literals.


Type: Array<string>

List of node scripts or npm modules to load as plugins to the BrighterScript compiler. Defaults to undefined.

If a child bsconfig extends from a parent bsconfig, and both bsconfigs specify a plugins field, the child's plugins field will completely overwrite the parent's plugins field.


Type: Array<string>

List of node scripts or npm modules to load during the startup sequence. Useful for running things like ts-node/require. Defaults to undefined.

If a child bsconfig extends from a parent bsconfig, and both bsconfigs specify a require field, the child's require field will completely overwrite the parent's require field.


Type: boolean

Allow BrighterScript features (classes, interfaces, etc...) to be included in BrightScript (.brs) files, and force those files to be transpiled.


Type: string

Override the destination directory for the bslib.brs file. Use this if you want to customize where the bslib.brs file is located in the staging directory. Note that using a location outside of source will break scripts inside source that depend on bslib.brs. Defaults to source.

Ignore errors and warnings on a per-line basis

In addition to disabling an entire class of errors in bsconfig.json by using ignoreErrorCodes, you may also disable errors for a subset of the complier rules within a file with the following comment flags:

  • bs:disable-next-line
  • bs:disable-next-line: code1 code2 code3
  • bs:disable-line
  • bs:disable-line: code1 code2 code3

Here are some examples:

sub Main()
    'disable errors about invalid syntax here

    DoSomething( 'bs:disable-line

    'disable errors about wrong parameter count
    DoSomething(1,2,3) 'bs:disable-line

    DoSomething(1,2,3) 'bs:disable-line:1002
end sub

sub DoSomething()
end sub

The primary motivation for this feature was to provide a stopgap measure to hide incorrectly-thrown errors on legitimate BrightScript code due to parser bugs. This is still a new project and it is likely to be missing support for certain BrightScript syntaxes. It is recommended that you only use these comments when absolutely necessary.

ropm support

In order for BrighterScript-transpiled projects to work as ropm modules, they need a reference to bslib (the BrightScript runtime library for BrighterScript features) in their package. As ropm and brighterscript become more popular, this could result in many duplicate copies of bslib.brs.

To encourage reducing code duplication, BrighterScript has built-in support for loading bslib from ropm. Here's how it works:

  1. if your program does not use ropm, or does use ropm but does not directly reference bslib, then the BrighterScript compiler will copy bslib to "pkg:/source/bslib.brs" at transpile-time.
  2. if your program uses ropm and has installed bslib as a dependency, then the BrighterScript compiler will not emit a copy of bslib at pkg:/source/bslib.brs, and will instead use the path to the version from ropm pkg:/source/roku_modules/bslib/bslib.brs.

Installing bslib in your ropm-enabled project

bslib is published to npm under the name @rokucommunity/bslib. If you use NodeJS version 12 or above, we recommend installing @rokucommunity/bslib with the bslib alias, as it produces smaller transpiled code (i.e. emits bslib_ prefix instead of rokucommunity_bslib_). Here's the command to install bslib under the bslib alias using the ropm CLI.

ropm install bslib@npm:@rokucommunity/bslib

bslib support on NodeJS versions less than 12

npm aliases only work in NodeJS version 12 and above. If you're using a NodeJS version less than 12, you will need to install @rokucommunity/bslib directly without the alias. BrighterScript recognizes this pattern as well, it's just not preferred (for the reasons mentioned previously). Here's the command for that:

ropm install @rokucommunity/bslib

Language Server Protocol

This project also contributes a class that aligns with Microsoft's Language Server Protocol, which makes it easy to integrate BrightScript and BrighterScript with any IDE that supports the protocol. We won't go into more detail here, but you can use the LanguageServer class from this project to integrate into your IDE. The vscode-BrightScript-language extension uses this LanguageServer class to bring BrightScript and BrighterScript language support to Visual Studio Code.


Click here to view the changelog.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the brs project for its fantastic work on its blazing fast BrightScript parser which was used as the foundation for the BrighterScript parser.




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