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Rollup plugin for typescript with compiler errors.

This is a rewrite of original rollup-plugin-typescript, starting and borrowing from this fork.

This version is somewhat slower than original, but it will print out typescript syntactic and semantic diagnostic messages (the main reason for using typescript after all).


# with npm 
npm install rollup-plugin-typescript2 typescript --save-dev
# with yarn 
yarn add rollup-plugin-typescript2 typescript --dev


// rollup.config.js
import typescript from 'rollup-plugin-typescript2';
export default {
    input: './main.ts',
    plugins: [
        typescript(/*{ plugin options }*/)

The plugin inherits all compiler options and file lists from your tsconfig.json file. If your tsconfig has another name or another relative path from the root directory, see tsconfigDefaults, tsconfig and tsconfigOverride options below. This also allows for passing in different tsconfig files depending on your build target.

Some compiler options are forced

  • noEmitHelpers: false
  • importHelpers: true
  • noResolve: false
  • noEmit: false
  • inlineSourceMap: false (see #71)
  • outDir: ./placeholder in cache root, see 83 and Microsoft/TypeScript/issues/24715
  • declarationDir: process.cwd() (only if useTsconfigDeclarationDir is false in the plugin options)
  • moduleResolution: node (classic is deprecated. It also breaks this plugin, see #12 and #14)
  • allowNonTsExtensions: true to let other plugins on the chain generate typescript, update plugin's include filter to pick them up (see #111)

Some compiler options have more than one compatible value.

  • module: defaults to ES2015, other valid value is ESNext (required for dynamic imports, see #54).



Must be before rollup-plugin-typescript2 in the plugin list, especially when browser: true option is used, see #66


See explanation for rollupCommonJSResolveHack option below.

plugins using async/await

See objectHashIgnoreUnknownHack below.


This plugin transpiles code, but doesn't change file extension. Babel plugin, even though it claims it processes all files, only looks at code with those extensions by default: .js,.jsx,.es6,.es,.mjs. To workaround add ts and tsx to the list of babel extensions.

import { DEFAULT_EXTENSIONS } from '@babel/core';
        extensions: [

See #108

Plugin options

  • tsconfigDefaults: {}

    The object passed as tsconfigDefaults will be merged with loaded tsconfig.json. Final config passed to typescript will be the result of values in tsconfigDefaults replaced by values in loaded tsconfig.json, replaced by values in tsconfigOverride and then replaced by hard compilerOptions overrides on top of that (see above).

    For simplicity and other tools' sake, try to minimize usage of defaults and overrides and keep everything in tsconfig.json file (tsconfigs can themselves be chained, so save some turtles).

    let defaults = { compilerOptions: { declaration: true } };
    let override = { compilerOptions: { declaration: false } };
    // ...
    plugins: [
            tsconfigDefaults: defaults,
            tsconfig: "tsconfig.json",
            tsconfigOverride: override

    This is a deep merge (objects are merged, arrays are concatenated, primitives are replaced, etc), increase verbosity to 3 and look for parsed tsconfig if you get something unexpected.

  • tsconfig: undefined

    Path to tsconfig.json. Set this if your tsconfig has another name or relative location from the project directory. By default will try to load ./tsconfig.json, but will not fail if file is missing unless the value is set explicitly.

  • tsconfigOverride: {}

    See tsconfigDefaults.

  • check: true

    Set to false to avoid doing any diagnostic checks on the code.

  • verbosity: 1

    • 0 -- Error
    • 1 -- Warning
    • 2 -- Info
    • 3 -- Debug
  • clean: false

    Set to true for clean build (wipes out cache on every build).

  • cacheRoot: ./.rts2_cache

    Path to cache. Defaults to a folder in the current directory. Can be safely moved out with something like ${require('temp-dir')}/.rpt2_cache, but watch out for multiple concurrent builds of the same repo.

  • include: [ "*.ts+(|x)", "**/*.ts+(|x)" ]

    By default passes all .ts files through typescript compiler.

  • exclude: [ "*.d.ts", "**/*.d.ts" ]

    But excludes type definitions.

  • abortOnError: true

    Bail out on first syntactic or semantic error. In some cases setting this to false will result in exception in rollup itself (for example for unresolvable imports).

  • rollupCommonJSResolveHack: false

    On windows typescript resolver favors POSIX path, while commonjs plugin (and maybe others?) uses native path as module id. This can result in namedExports being ignored if rollup happened to use typescript's resolution. Set to true to pass resolved module path through resolve() to match up with rollup-plugin-commonjs.

  • objectHashIgnoreUnknownHack: false

    The plugin uses rollup config as part of cache key. object-hash is used to generate a hash, but it can't hash certain elements at the moment. Setting this option to true will make object-hash ignore unknowns, at the cost of not invalidating the cache if ignored elements are changed. Only enable this if you need it (Error: Unknown object type "asyncfunction" for example) and make sure to run with clean: true once in a while and definitely before a release. (See #105)

  • useTsconfigDeclarationDir: false

    If true, declaration files will be emitted in the directory given in the tsconfig. If false, the declaration files will be placed inside the destination directory given in the Rollup configuration.

  • typescript: typescript module installed with the plugin

    When typescript version installed by the plugin (latest 2.x) is unacceptable, you can import your own typescript module and pass it in as typescript: require("typescript"). Must be 2.0+, things might break if transpiler interfaces changed enough from what the plugin was built against.

  • transformers: undefined

    experimental, typescript 2.4.1+

    Transformers will likely be available in tsconfig eventually, so this is not a stable interface, see Microsoft/TypeScript/issues/14419.

    For example, integrating kimamula/ts-transformer-keys:

    const keysTransformer = require('ts-transformer-keys/transformer').default;
    const transformer = (service) =>
        before: [ keysTransformer(service.getProgram()) ],
        after: []
    // ...
    plugins: [
        typescript({ transformers: [transformer] })


This plugin respects declaration: true in your tsconfig.json file. When set, it will emit *.d.ts files for your bundle. The resulting file(s) can then be used with the types property in your package.json file as described here. By default, the declaration files will be located in the same directory as the generated Rollup bundle. If you want to override this behavior and instead use the declarationDir set useTsconfigDeclarationDir to true in the plugin options.

Watch mode

The way typescript handles type-only imports and ambient types effectively hides them from rollup watch, because import statements are not generated and changing them doesn't trigger a rebuild.

Otherwise the plugin should work in watch mode. Make sure to run a normal build after watch session to catch any type errors.


TypeScript 2.4+ Rollup 0.68+ Node 6.4.0+ (basic es6 support)

Reporting bugs

Report any bugs on github:

Attach your tsconfig.json, package.json (for versions of dependencies), rollup script and anything else that could influence module resolution, ambient types and typescript compilation.

Check if problem is reproducible after running npm prune to clear any rogue types from npm_modules (by default typescript grabs all ambient types).

Check if you get the same problem with clean option set to true (might indicate a bug in the cache).

If makes sense, check if running tsc directly produces similar results.

Attach plugin output with verbosity option set to 3 (this will list all files being transpiled and their imports).


Use the normal github process of forking, making a branch and creating a PR when ready. Fix all linting problems (run npm lint), fix any failed checks that are run on the PR (basically lint right now). Use an editor that supports editorconfig, or match the settings from .editorconfig file manually.

Fastest way to test changes is to do a self build, the plugin is part of its own build system:

  • make changes
  • run npm build (uses build committed to master branch)
  • check that you get expected changes in dist
  • run npm build-self (uses fresh local build)
  • check dist for the expected changes
  • run npm build-self again to make sure plugin built by new version can still build itself

If build-self breaks at some point, fix the problem and restart from build step (a known good copy).

This repo badly needs unittests and integration tests with various scenarios and expected outcomes though.


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