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Basically jsx-control-statements, but for the typescript compiler toolchain. Works for both javascript and typescript.

Typescript version range tsx-control-statements version
2.4.x - 3.3.x v3.3.x
3.4.x - 4.6.x v4.x
4.9 v5.0
5.x >= v5.1

Drop-in replacement for jsx control statements

  • No need to rewrite anything
  • Compile control statements in typescript .tsx files
    • Control statements transpile to type-correct typescript before type checking
  • Compile control statements in javascript .js and .jsx files
    • "allowJs" should be set to true in your typescript configuration
  • Run the test suite: npm i && npm run build && npm run test. It includes:
    • Compatibility tests with jsx-control-statements (i.e. both produce the same output html)
    • Tests for correct transpilation
    • Tests for typechecking

Zero dependencies apart from typescript

  • Pick any typescript version equal to or above 2.4.x
  • Can be used with Vue, React or just plain jsx/tsx

Known limitations:

  • [js, ts] I haven't found any way of integrating this into create-react-app scaffold project without ejecting the scripts and modifying them
  • [js, ts] Various CLIs (tsc, ts-register, ts-node) feature no flag (that I know of) that allows for addition of custom transformers
  • [ts] The isolatedModules flag currently causes build errors for typescript files, since the typings currently live in a namespace
    • isolatedModules is supported since the module tsx-control-statements/components contains stub definitions which can be imported import { For, If } from 'tsx-control-statements/components'
  • [ts] Cannot work with various "smart" plugins that instead of invoking the typescript compiler rather strip the types and handle the code as javascript. This includes tools like:
    • @babel/preset-typescript
    • @babel/plugin-transform-typescript

What are the control statements transpiled to?

If - Ternary operators

import { If } from 'tsx-control-statements/components';

const SongRelatedThingy = ({ songList }: { songList: string[] }) => (
    <If condition={songList.includes('Gery-Nikol - Im the Queen')}>
      good taste in music

// will transpile to
const SongRelatedThingy = ({ songList }) => (
    {songList.includes('Gery-Nikol - Im the Queen')
      ? 'good taste in music'
      : null}

With - Immediately invoked function expression

import { With } from 'tsx-control-statements/components';

const Sum = () => (
    <With a={3} b={5} c={6}>
      {a + b + c}

// becomes
const Sum = () => <p>{((a, b, c) => a + b + c)(3, 5, 6)}</p>;

For - Array.from calls

More flexible than [].map, since it can be provided with an iterator or an array-like as it's first parameter. For non-legacy code, prefer the more type-safe alternative.

import { For } from 'tsx-control-statements/components';

// more type-safe for, the typechecker knows
// the types of the "name" and "i" bindings
const Names = ({ names }: { names: string[] }) => (
      body={(name, i) => (
        <li key={name}>

// jsx-control-statements compatible
const Names = ({ names }: { names: string[] }) => (
    <For each="name" of={names} index="i">
      <li key={name}>

// both of the above will transpile to:
const Names = ({ names }) => (
    {Array.from(names, (name, i) => (
      <li key={name}>

Choose/When/Otherwise - nested ternary operators, emulates switch/case.

import {
} from 'tsx-control-statements/components';

const RandomStuff = ({ str }: { str: string }) => (
      <When condition={str === 'ivan'}>ivancho</When>
      <When condition={str === 'sarmi'}>
      {/* Otherwise tag is optional,
        * if not provided, null will be rendered */}
      <Otherwise>im the queen da da da da</Otherwise>

// transpiles to
const RandomStuff = ({ str }) => (
    {str === 'ivan'
      ? 'ivancho'
      : str === 'sarmi'
        ? React.createElement('h1', null, 'yum!')
        : 'im the queen da da da da'}


Bundlers and scaffolding tools


Importing the transformer in your build configs:

// commonjs
const transformer = require('tsx-control-statements').default;

// ts
import transformer from 'tsx-control-statements';

Importing type definitions:

import {
} from 'tsx-control-statements/components';

Reasons to not use any control statements for jsx:

  • Hard to statically type
    • Has been somewhat adressed, with the exception of With
  • Not part of the standard
  • Not ordinary jsx elements
  • Requires extra dependencies to use
  • Many typescript tools do not support custom transformers in a convenient way

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