gulp-typescript

A typescript compiler for gulp with incremental compilation support.

gulp-typescript

A gulp plugin that compiles TypeScript files.

  • Incremental compilation (so faster builds)
  • Error reporting
  • Different output streams for .js, .d.ts files.
  • Support for sourcemaps using gulp-sourcemaps
  • Compile once, and filter different targets
  • Not just a wrapper around the tsc command, but a plugin that uses the TypeScript API.
npm install gulp-typescript
var ts = require('gulp-typescript');
[...]
var tsResult = [...].pipe(ts(options));
tsResult.dts.pipe(...)
tsResult.js.pipe(...)

Example gulpfile:

var ts = require('gulp-typescript');
var merge = require('merge2');
gulp.task('scripts', function() {
    var tsResult = gulp.src('lib/*.ts')
                       .pipe(ts({
                           declarationFiles: true,
                           noExternalResolve: true
                       }));
    
    return merge([
        tsResult.dts.pipe(gulp.dest('release/definitions')),
        tsResult.js.pipe(gulp.dest('release/js')])
    );
});

Instead of calling ts(options), you can create a project first, and then call ts(project). An example:

var ts = require('gulp-typescript');
var merge = require('merge2');
 
var tsProject = ts.createProject({
    declarationFiles: true,
    noExternalResolve: true
});
 
gulp.task('scripts', function() {
    var tsResult = gulp.src('lib/*.ts')
                       .pipe(ts(tsProject));
    
    return merge([ // Merge the two output streams, so this task is finished when the IO of both operations are done. 
        tsResult.dts.pipe(gulp.dest('release/definitions')),
        tsResult.js.pipe(gulp.dest('release/js')])
    );
});
gulp.task('watch', ['scripts'], function() {
    gulp.watch('lib/*.ts', ['scripts']);
});

When you run gulp watch, the source will be compiled as usual. Then, when you make a change and save the file, your TypeScript files will be compiled in about half the time.

Make sure you create the project outside of a task! Otherwise it won't work.

  • removeComments (boolean) - Do not emit comments to output.
  • noImplicitAny (boolean) - Warn on expressions and declarations with an implied 'any' type.
  • noLib (boolean) - Don't include the default lib (with definitions for - Array, Date etc)
  • noEmitOnError (boolean) - Do not emit outputs if any type checking errors were reported.
  • target (string) - Specify ECMAScript target version: 'ES3' (default), 'ES5' or 'ES6'.
  • module (string) - Specify module code generation: 'commonjs' or 'amd'
  • sourceRoot (string) - Specifies the location where debugger should locate TypeScript files instead of source locations.
  • declarationFiles (boolean) - Generates corresponding .d.ts files.
  • noExternalResolve (boolean) - Do not resolve files that are not in the input. Explanation below.
  • sortOutput (boolean) - Sort output files. Usefull if you want to concatenate files (see below).

There are two ways to filter files:

gulp.task('scripts', function() {
    var tsResult = gulp.src('lib/*.ts')
                       .pipe(ts(tsProject, filterSettings));
    
    ...
});

And

gulp.task('scripts', function() {
    var tsResult = gulp.src('lib/*.ts')
                       .pipe(ts(tsProject));
    
    tsResult.pipe(ts.filter(filterSettings)) ... ;
});

The first example doesn't add files (that don't pass the filter) to the compiler, the second one does add them to the compiler, but removes them later from the stream. You can put as much pipes between compilation and filtering as you want, as long as the filename doesn't change.

At the moment there is only one filter available:

  • referencedFrom (string[]) Only files that are referenced (using /// <reference path="..." />) by the files in this array pass this filter.

By default, gulp-typescript will try to resolve the files you require and reference. These files are parsed, but not emitted (so you will not see them in the output stream).

If you set the option noExternalResolve to true, gulp-typescript will not resolve all the requires and references. It assumes that all the necessary files are in the input stream. For example, if you have your .ts files in the lib folder, and the .d.ts files in the definitions folder, you must use gulp.src(['lib/**.ts', 'definitions/**.ts']) instead of gulp.src(['lib/**.ts']) in your gulpfile if you use the option noExternalResolve.

Advantage of noExternalResolve: faster compilation. Disadvantage of noExternalResolve: won't work when you forgot some input files. Advice: turn it on, and make sure you list all the input files.

Files that are resolved when noExternalResolve is off, won't be pushed to the output stream.

The tsc command has the ability to concatenate using the --out parameter. gulp-typescript doesn't have that, because you should use the gulp-concat plugin for that.

The tsc command sorts the files using the <reference> tags. gulp-typescript does this when you enable the sortOutput option. You can use the referencedFrom filter to only include files that are referenced from certain files.

Source maps have changed a bit in version 0.2.0. Here's an example gulpfile:

var ts = require('gulp-typescript');
var concat = require('gulp-concat');
var sourcemaps = require('gulp-sourcemaps');
 
gulp.task('scripts', function() {
    var tsResult = gulp.src('lib/*.ts')
                       .pipe(sourcemaps.init()) // This means sourcemaps will be generated 
                       .pipe(ts({
                           sortOutput: true,
                           // ... 
                       }));
    
    return tsResult.js
                .pipe(concat('output.js')) // You can use other plugins that also support gulp-sourcemaps 
                .pipe(sourcemaps.write()) // Now the sourcemaps are added to the .js file 
                .pipe(gulp.dest('release/js'));
});

For more information, see gulp-sourcemaps.

You can specify a custom reporter as the 3rd argument of the main function:

ts(optionsOrProject, filters, reporter);

You can set options, project or filter to if you don't want to set them. Available reporters are:

  • nullReporter (ts.reporter.nullReporter()) - Don't report errors
  • defaultReporter (ts.reporter.defaultReporter()) - Report basic errors to the console
  • fullReporter (ts.reporter.fullReporter(showFullFilename?: boolean)) - Show full error messages, with source.

If you want to build a custom reporter, you take a look at lib/reporter.ts, in that file is an interface which a reporter should implement.

First you have to install gulp using npm install gulp -g, if you haven't done already. Then you must install the npm dependencies, using npm install.

The plugin uses itself to compile. There are 2 build directories, release and release-2. release must always contain a working build. release-2 contains the last build. When you run gulp compile, the build will be saved in the release-2 directory. gulp test will compile the source to release-2, and then it will run some tests. If these tests give no errors, you can run gulp release. The contents from release-2 will be copied to release.