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A compiler as a service api enabling nodejs developers to programatically resolve, compile, reflect and run typescript 0.9 source files in memory.


npm install typescript.api

compiler version

TypeScript 0.9.1-1

quick start

registering typescript extension

The following will register the *.ts extension with require(). When calls to require() are made to *.ts files, any source resolution and/or compilation errors will be written out to the console by default.

If resolution or compilation errors do exist, the call to require() will return an empty object.

var program = require("./program.ts");




### manual compilation

The following is an example of using the api to compile a source file named 'program.ts'.

The process will first resolve 'program.ts' and all its referenced sources files. The resolved sources array (resolved) are then checked prior to being sent to the compiler for compilation. Once compiled, the compilation is checked again for problems prior to being run.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
// show diagnostic errors.
function show_diagnostics (units) {
    for(var n in units) {
        for(var m in units[n].diagnostics) {
            console.log( units[n].diagnostics[m].toString() );
tsapi.resolve(['./program.ts'], function(resolved) {
    if(!tsapi.check(resolved)) {
    else {
        tsapi.compile(resolved, function(compiled) {
            if(!tsapi.check(compiled)) {
                show_diagnostics (compiled);
      , null, function(context) {
                     // exports are available on the context...
### declarations

It is important to note that the typescript.api does not automatically reference any declarations (such as lib.d.ts) for compilation. Because of this, you will need to reference the appropriate *.d.ts required by your application for compilation. This is unlike the tsc command line compiler which will, by default reference the lib.d.ts declaration if not stated otherwise. (see --noLib option).

In the context of nodejs, the dom declarations declared in lib.d.ts are unnessasary and dramatically slow compilation times. The typescript.api splits these declarations out to provide suitable environment declarations that you can reference in your project.

The typescript.api comes bundled with following declarations:

// ecma api + html dom declarations (suitable for browser development)
// ecma api + node.d.ts declarations (suitable for nodejs development)
// ecma api only.
// typescript.api declarations.

It is recommended that developers copy the appropriate declarations suitable for their environment into their project structure and reference them accordingly.

For a full definition of this api, see typescript.api.d.ts

For other additional declarations, see the definitely typed project.


### source unit

The typescript.api accepts source units for compilation. A source unit consists of the following properties:

sourceUnit = {
    path          : string,   // (public) the path of this source unit.
    content       : string,   // (public) the typescript source of this unit.
    remote        : boolean,  // (public) if this source file is loaded over http.
    references    : Function  // (public) returns an array of references for this source unit.
    diagnostics   : [object], // (public) compilation errors for this unit. 0 length if none.

note: For manually creating source units, see create

note: For loading source units from disk. see resolve

### compiled unit

A compiled unit is the output from a compilation. A compiled unit consists of the following properties:

compiledUnit = {
    path          : string,   // (public) the path of this unit.
    content       : string,   // (public) the javascript source of this unit.
    references    : string[], // (public) an array of references for this unit.
    diagnostics   : [object], // (public) compilation errors for this unit. 0 length if none.
    ast           : object,   // (public) AST for this unit.
    sourcemap     : string,   // (public) The sourcemap for this unit.
    declaration   : string,   // (public) The declaration file for this unit.
    script        : object,   // (public) reflected metadata for this unit.


### reset (options)

Resets the compiler. Optionally allows the caller to set compiler options.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api")

Additionally, It is possible to specify reset with the following options. all of which are optional.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api")
    languageVersion          : "EcmaScript5", // (default)EcmaScript5 | EcmaScript3
    moduleGenTarget  : "Synchronous", // (default)Synchronous | ASynchronous
    removeComments  : true,          // (default) true
    generateDeclarationFiles : false,   // (default) false
    mapSourceFiles           : false,         // (default) false
    noImplicitAny            : false,         // (default) false
    allowBool                : false,         // (default) false
    outputMany               : true           // (default) true
### typescript.register ()

The register() method will register the typescript file extension with nodejs require(). When using this method, the api will automatically JIT compile your typescript source code on first request and cache for subsequent requests.

// program.ts
export var message:string = 'hello world';
// app.js
var program = require('./program.ts');
console.log(program.message); // hello world
### resolve (sources, callback)

The typescript.api resolve function will resolve source units needed for compilation and return them in order of dependancy, it does this by scanning each files reference element.

special note: the resolve method will be unable to resolve source units if your code contains circular references. for example, if file0.ts references file1.ts, and file1.ts references file0.ts, then this would be considered a circular reference. in these instances, the resolve() method will return the source units found in order of discovery, and no additional dependency resolution will occur.


  • sources - A filename, or a array of filenames to resolve.
  • callback(units) - A callback which passes the resolved source units.


The following will resolve 'program.ts' and log each referenced source file to the console.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
tsapi.resolve(["program.ts"], function(resolved) { 
    for(var n in resolved) {
        console.log( resolved[n].path ); // the source files path
        console.log( resolved[n].content ); // the source files content (typescript)
        for(var m in resolved[n].references) {
            console.log( resolved[n].references[m] ) // paths to referenced source files.
### check (units)

A utility method to check for errors in either resolved or compiled units.


  • units - units to be checked.
  • returns - true if ok.


The following example will check if both a resolve() and compile() is successful.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
tsapi.resolve(["program.ts"], function(resolved) { 
    if( tsapi.check (resolved)) { // check here for reference errors.
        tsapi.compile(resolved, function(compiled) {
            if( tsapi.check (compiled) ) { // check here for syntax and type errors.
      , null, function(context) {
### create ( filename, code )

Creates a source unit from a string.


  • filename - A filename that other units may reference.
  • code - The source code for this unit.


  • unit - A source unit.


The following will create a unit. and send to the compiler for compilation. The compilation is then run.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
var sourceUnit = tsapi.create("temp.ts", "export var message = 'hello world'");
tsapi.compile([sourceUnit], function(compiled) {, null, function(context) { 
        console.log(context.message); // outputs hello world
### compile ( units, callback )

compiles source units.


  • units - An array of source units.
  • callback - A callback that passed the compiled output.


The following will first create and compile a unit, and compiled source is written to the console.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
var sourceUnit = tsapi.create("temp.ts", "var value:number = 123;");
tsapi.compile([sourceUnit], function(compiled) {
    for(var n in compiled) {
### run ( compiledUnits, sandbox, callback )

executes compiled units within a nodejs vm and returns a context containing exported members.


  • compiledUnits - compiled source units - (obtained from a call to compile)
  • sandbox - A sandbox. pass null to inherit the current sandbox. code in executed in nodejs vm.
  • callback - A callback that passes a context containing any exported variables and function.


The following will first create and compile a unit, then send it off for compilation.

var tsapi = require("typescript.api");
var sourceUnit = tsapi.create("temp.ts", "export var value:number = 123")
tsapi.compile([sourceUnit], function(compiled) {, null, function(context) { 
        console.log(context.value) // outputs 123
### sort ( units )

Will attempt to sort source units in order of dependency. If cyclic referencing occurs, the sort will return the units in order in which they are received.


  • units - An array of source units to be sorted.
  • returns - the sorted units in order of dependency.


The following will create a series of source units which reference each other as in the following graph. The units are first randomized and then sorted. The resulting sort will be the order of a, b, c, d, e, f.

        /   \
      [b]   [c]
     /   \ /   \
   [d]   [e]   [f]
function shuffle(o) {  
    for(var j, x, i = o.length; i; j = parseInt(Math.random() * i), x = o[--i], o[i] = o[j], o[j] = x);
    return o;
var tsapi = require("typescript.api")
var units = [
    tsapi.create("a.ts", ""),
    tsapi.create("b.ts", "/// <reference path='a.ts' />"),
    tsapi.create("c.ts", "/// <reference path='a.ts' />"),
    tsapi.create("d.ts", "/// <reference path='b.ts' />"),
    tsapi.create("e.ts", "/// <reference path='b.ts' />\n/// <reference path='c.ts' />\n"),
    tsapi.create("f.ts", "/// <reference path='c.ts' />"),
// shuffle
units = shuffle(units);
// sort
units = tsapi.sort(units);
// display
for (var n in units)  {




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