# Using Typescript with React (JS & native)

# ReactJS component written in Typescript

You can use ReactJS's components easily in TypeScript. Just rename the 'jsx' file extension to 'tsx':

var HelloMessage = React.createClass({
  render: function() {
    return <div>Hello {this.props.name}</div>;

ReactDOM.render(<HelloMessage name="John" />, mountNode);

But in order to make full use of TypeScript's main feature (static type checking) you must do a couple things:

1) convert React.createClass to an ES6 Class:

class HelloMessage extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return <div>Hello {this.props.name}</div>;

ReactDOM.render(<HelloMessage name="John" />, mountNode);

For more info on converting to ES6 look here (opens new window)

2) Add Props and State interfaces:

interface Props {

interface State {
  //empty in our case

class HelloMessage extends React.Component<Props, State> {
  render() {
    return <div>Hello {this.props.name}</div>;
// TypeScript will allow you to create without the optional parameter
ReactDOM.render(<HelloMessage name="Sebastian" />, mountNode);
// But it does check if you pass in an optional parameter of the wrong type
ReactDOM.render(<HelloMessage name="Sebastian" optionalParam='foo' />, mountNode);

Now TypeScript will display an error if the programmer forgets to pass props. Or if trying to pass in props that are not defined in the interface.

# Typescript & react & webpack

Installing typescript, typings and webpack globally

npm install -g typescript typings webpack

Installing loaders and linking typescript

npm install --save-dev ts-loader source-map-loader npm link typescript

Linking TypeScript allows ts-loader to use your global installation of TypeScript instead of needing a separate local copy typescript doc (opens new window)

installing .d.ts files with typescript 2.x

npm i @types/react --save-dev
npm i @types/react-dom --save-dev

installing .d.ts files with typescript 1.x

typings install --global --save dt~react
typings install --global --save dt~react-dom

tsconfig.json configuration file

  "compilerOptions": {
    "sourceMap": true,
    "noImplicitAny": true,
    "module": "commonjs",
    "target": "es5",
    "jsx": "react"

webpack.config.js configuration file

module.exports = {
    entry: "<path to entry point>",// for example ./src/helloMessage.tsx
    output: {
        filename: "<path to bundle file>", // for example ./dist/bundle.js

    // Enable sourcemaps for debugging webpack's output.
    devtool: "source-map",

    resolve: {
        // Add '.ts' and '.tsx' as resolvable extensions.
        extensions: ["", ".webpack.js", ".web.js", ".ts", ".tsx", ".js"]

    module: {
        loaders: [
            // All files with a '.ts' or '.tsx' extension will be handled by 'ts-loader'.
            {test: /\.tsx?$/, loader: "ts-loader"}

        preLoaders: [
            // All output '.js' files will have any sourcemaps re-processed by 'source-map-loader'.
            {test: /\.js$/, loader: "source-map-loader"}

    // When importing a module whose path matches one of the following, just
    // assume a corresponding global variable exists and use that instead.
    // This is important because it allows us to avoid bundling all of our
    // dependencies, which allows browsers to cache those libraries between builds.
    externals: {
        "react": "React",
        "react-dom": "ReactDOM"

finally run webpack or webpack -w (for watch mode)

Note: React and ReactDOM are marked as external