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TypeScript transformer to convert const enums to regular enums in declaration files and preserve their runtime values in emitted JS code.


Using const enum inside your app or library is totally fine. It's good for performance as the enum's values are inlined.

However, exposing a const enum in the public API of your library is problematic. Everytime you change the value of an enum member, all consumers of your library need to compile for the new version and no longer work with an older one. In addition TypeScript refuses to compile a project with isolatedModules enabled if it encounters a const enum in any declaration file.

Therefore you typically want the benefits of const enum inside your project and treat it as regular enum for everyone else. You can use this transformer to modify the emitted declaration files. In addition you can use it to only preserve const enum that are actually exported from your code. That avoids useless runtime code for enums that are not intended for public use, which preserveConstEnums would generate.

Usage with ttypescript

I wrote this transformer for use with ttypescript.

You can configure it in your tsconfig.json:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "declaration": true,
    "plugins": [
      { "transform": "ts-transform-const-enum" }, // replaces 'compilerOptions.preserveConstEnums'
      { "transform": "ts-transform-const-enum", "afterDeclarations": true }, // modifies declaration files

Note that you can use any "type" for the transformer: the default is "type": "program", but it also works with "type": "raw" for example.

Afterwards you run ttsc as you would run tsc.

Usage with ts-loader, rollup, and TypeScript's API

This package exports the necessary factory function to create the transformer. You can use this function to plug this transformer in any major TypeScript compilation pipeline. Please refer to the API documentation of the tool you are using. Alternatively you can use ttypescript in most tools.

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