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    Generate type guard functions from TypeScript interfaces

    A tool for automatically generating TypeScript type guards for interfaces in your code base.

    This tool aims to allow developers to verify data from untyped sources to ensure it conforms to TypeScript types. For example when initializing a data store or receiving structured data in an AJAX response.



    $ yarn add -D ts-auto-guard


    $ npm install --save-dev ts-auto-guard


    Specify which types to process (see below) and run the CLI tool in the same folder as your project's tsconfig.json (optionally passing in paths to the files you'd like it to parse).

    $ ts-auto-guard ./my-project/Person.ts

    See generated files alongside your annotated files:

    // my-project/Person.guard.ts
    import { Person } from './Person'
    export function isPerson(obj: any): obj is Person {
      return (
        typeof obj === 'object' &&
        typeof === 'string' &&
        (typeof obj.age === 'undefined' || typeof obj.age === 'number') &&
        Array.isArray(obj.children) &&
        obj.children.every(e => isPerson(e))

    Now use in your project:

    // index.ts
    import { Person } from './Person'
    import { isPerson } from './Person.guard'
    // Loading up an (untyped) JSON file
    const person = require('./person.json')
    if (isPerson(person)) {
      // Can trust the type system here because the object has been verified.
      console.log(`${} has ${person.children.length} child(ren)`)
    } else {
      console.error('Invalid person.json')

    Specifying which types to process

    Specify with annotation

    Annotate interfaces in your project. ts-auto-guard will generate guards only for interfaces with a @see {name} ts-auto-guard:type-guard JSDoc @see tag.

    // my-project/Person.ts
    /** @see {isPerson} ts-auto-guard:type-guard */
    export interface Person { // !do not forget to export - only exported types are processed
      name: string
      age?: number
      children: Person[]

    The JSDoc @link tag is also supported: @see {@link name} ts-auto-guard:type-guard.

    Process all types

    Use --export-all parameter to process all exported types:

    $ ts-auto-guard --export-all 'src/domain/*.ts'

    Debug mode

    Use debug mode to help work out why your type guards are failing in development. This will change the output type guards to log the path, expected type and value of failing guards.

    $ ts-auto-guard --debug
    isPerson({ name: 20, age: 20 })
    // stderr: " type mismatch, expected: string, found: 20"

    Short circuiting

    ts-auto-guard also supports a shortcircuit flag that will cause all guards to always return true.

    $ ts-auto-guard --shortcircuit="process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production'"

    This will result in the following:

    // my-project/Person.guard.ts
    import { Person } from './Person'
    export function isPerson(obj: any): obj is Person {
      if (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production') {
        return true
      return (
        typeof obj === 'object' &&
        // ...normal conditions

    Using the shortcircuit option in combination with uglify-js's dead_code and global_defs options will let you omit the long and complicated checks from your production code.

    Change Guard File Name

    ts-auto-guard will create a .guard.ts file by default, but this can be overriden.

    ts-auto-guard --guard-file-name="debug"

    Will result in a guard file called .debug.ts.

    Add Import to Source File

    ts-auto-guard supports an ìmport-guards flag. This flag will add an import statement at the top and a named export at the bottom of the source files for the generated type guards. The ìmport-guards flag also optionally accepts a custom name for the import alias, if none is passed then TypeGuards is used as a default.

    If you would like to override the default behavior and not have the type guards exported from source use the prevent-export-imported flag with the import-guards flag.

    $ ts-auto-guard --import-guards="Guards"

    Will result in the following being added to your source code.

    // my-project/Person.ts
    import * as Guards from './Person.guard'
    /** The rest of your source code */
    export { Guards }




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