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A config library for TypeScript.

This is a small library for encapsulating access to an application's config.

Currently just environment variables.


The main goals are:

  1. Declare all of an application's config in a single place.

    This helps understanding and maintaining an application's config vs. grepping for process.env.FOO calls spread throughout the codebase.

  2. Perform a simple "all of the config values are available" sanity check immediately on application boot.

    This prevents an application booting and then ~seconds/minutes later blowing up because a process.env.VERY_IMPORTANT_SETTING is not available.


  • Loading config from disk.

    This library currently doesn't try to load YAML, JSON, TOML, etc. files from disk; it's generally assumed you're running in a Node/container environment where environment variables are the primary means of configuration.

    In theory the Environment type decouples ts-app-env from the actual Node/process/etc. environment, so you could provide other implementations.

    You can also use something like dotenv to load files from disk into process.env and then use ts-app-env from there.


First declare your config in a class via the string, number, etc. options:

import { string, number } from 'ts-app-env';

const AppEnv = {
  PORT: number(),

  SOME_URL: string(),

And then instantiate it:

import { newConfig } from 'ts-app-env';

export const env = newConfig(AppEnv, process.env);

newConfig will fail if any non-optional config parameters are not available.

Then in the rest of your application, you can import env:

import { env } from 'env.ts';

env.SOME_URL; // already ensured to be set


The library supports both a convention of "property name == environment name" that allow succinct declaration:

const AppEnv = {
  PORT: number(),

As well as customization of each property via an options hash:

const AppEnv = {
  port: number({
    env: 'CUSTOM_ENV_NAME',
    default: 8080,
    optional: true,


  • env provides the environment name to look up; if not provided it defaults to the property name snake-cased (e.g. someThing will be looked up as SOME_THING)
  • default provides a default value to use if the environment value is not set
  • optional marks the option as optional, and will change the return type e.g. from port: number to port: number | undefined


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