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What are declaration files?

See the TypeScript handbook.

How do I get them?


This is the preferred method. For example:

npm install --save-dev @types/node

The types should then be automatically included by the compiler. You may need to add a types reference if you're not using modules:

/// <reference types="node" />

See more in the handbook.

For an NPM package "foo", typings for it will be at "@types/foo". If you can't find your package, look for it on TypeSearch.

If you still can't find it, check if it bundles its own typings. This is usually provided in a "types" or "typings" field in the package.json, or just look for any ".d.ts" files in the package and manually include them with a /// <reference path="" />.

Typescript 2.7 and earlier

Definitely Typed only tests packages on Typescript 2.8 and later as of November 2019. If you're using Typescript 2.0 to 2.7, you can still try installing @types packages — the majority of packages don't use fancy new Typescript features. But there's no guarantee that they'll work. Packages that existed before November 2019 may have older versions that are explicitly marked compatible with older versions of Typescript; use the tag "ts2.6" for Typescript 2.6, for example.

For example, if you run npm dist-tags @types/react, you'll see the following table that shows that react@16.4 has types for Typescript 2.6:

Tag Version
latest 16.9.11
ts2.0 15.0.1
... ...
ts2.6 16.4.7
... ...

Typescript 1.8 and earlier

  • Manually download from the master branch of this repository and place them in your project
  • Typings (use preferred alternatives, typings is deprecated)
  • NuGet (use preferred alternatives, nuget DT type publishing has been turned off)

You may need to add manual references.

How can I contribute?

Definitely Typed only works because of contributions by users like you!


Before you share your improvement with the world, use it yourself.

Test editing an existing package

To add new features you can use module augmentation. You can also directly edit the types in node_modules/@types/foo/index.d.ts, or copy them from there and follow the steps below.

Test a new package

Add to your tsconfig.json:

"baseUrl": "types",
"typeRoots": ["types"],

(You can also use src/types.) Create types/foo/index.d.ts containing declarations for the module "foo". You should now be able to import from "foo" in your code and it will route to the new type definition. Then build and run the code to make sure your type definition actually corresponds to what happens at runtime. Once you've tested your definitions with real code, make a PR then follow the instructions to edit an existing package or create a new package.

Make a pull request

Once you've tested your package, you can share it on Definitely Typed.

First, fork this repository, install node, and run npm install.

Edit an existing package

  • cd types/my-package-to-edit
  • Make changes. Remember to edit tests. If you make breaking changes, do not forget to update a major version.
  • You may also want to add yourself to "Definitions by" section of the package header.
    • This will cause you to be notified (via your GitHub username) whenever someone makes a pull request or issue about the package.
    • Do this by adding your name to the end of the line, as in // Definitions by: Alice <https://github.com/alice>, Bob <https://github.com/bob>.
    • Or if there are more people, it can be multiline
    // Definitions by: Alice <https://github.com/alice>
    //                 Bob <https://github.com/bob>
    //                 Steve <https://github.com/steve>
    //                 John <https://github.com/john>
  • If there is a tslint.json, run npm run lint package-name. Otherwise, run tsc in the package directory.

When you make a PR to edit an existing package, dt-bot should @-mention previous authors. If it doesn't, you can do so yourself in the comment associated with the PR.

Create a new package

If you are the library author and your package is written in TypeScript, bundle the autogenerated declaration files in your package instead of publishing to Definitely Typed.

If you are adding typings for an NPM package, create a directory with the same name. If the package you are adding typings for is not on NPM, make sure the name you choose for it does not conflict with the name of a package on NPM. (You can use npm info foo to check for the existence of the foo package.)

Your package should have this structure:

File Purpose
index.d.ts This contains the typings for the package.
foo-tests.ts This contains sample code which tests the typings. This code does not run, but it is type-checked.
tsconfig.json This allows you to run tsc within the package.
tslint.json Enables linting.

Generate these by running npx dts-gen --dt --name my-package-name --template module if you have npm ≥ 5.2.0, npm install -g dts-gen and dts-gen --dt --name my-package-name --template module otherwise. See all options at dts-gen.

You may edit the tsconfig.json to add new test files, to add "target": "es6" (needed for async functions), to add to "lib", or to add the "jsx" compiler option. If you have .d.ts files besides index.d.ts, make sure that they are referenced either in index.d.ts or the tests.

If a file is neither tested nor referenced in index.d.ts, add it to a file named OTHER_FILES.txt. This file is a list of other files that need to be included in the typings package, one file per line.

Definitely Typed members routinely monitor for new PRs, though keep in mind that the number of other PRs may slow things down.

For a good example package, see base64-js.

Common mistakes

  • First, follow advice from the handbook.
  • Formatting: Use 4 spaces. Prettier is set up on this repo, so you can run npm run prettier -- --write path/to/package. When using assertions, add // prettier-ignore exclusion to mark line(s) of code as excluded from formatting:
    // prettier-ignore
    const incompleteThemeColorModes: Theme = { colors: { modes: { papaya: { // $ExpectError
  • function sum(nums: number[]): number: Use ReadonlyArray if a function does not write to its parameters.
  • interface Foo { new(): Foo; }: This defines a type of objects that are new-able. You probably want declare class Foo { constructor(); }.
  • const Class: { new(): IClass; }: Prefer to use a class declaration class Class { constructor(); } instead of a new-able constant.
  • getMeAT<T>(): T: If a type parameter does not appear in the types of any parameters, you don't really have a generic function, you just have a disguised type assertion. Prefer to use a real type assertion, e.g. getMeAT() as number. Example where a type parameter is acceptable: function id<T>(value: T): T;. Example where it is not acceptable: function parseJson<T>(json: string): T;. Exception: new Map<string, number>() is OK.
  • Using the types Function and Object is almost never a good idea. In 99% of cases it's possible to specify a more specific type. Examples are (x: number) => number for functions and { x: number, y: number } for objects. If there is no certainty at all about the type, any is the right choice, not Object. If the only known fact about the type is that it's some object, use the type object, not Object or { [key: string]: any }.
  • var foo: string | any: When any is used in a union type, the resulting type is still any. So while the string portion of this type annotation may look useful, it in fact offers no additional typechecking over simply using any. Depending on the intention, acceptable alternatives could be any, string, or string | object.

Removing a package

When a package bundles its own types, types should be removed from Definitely Typed to avoid confusion.

You can remove it by running npm run not-needed -- typingsPackageName asOfVersion sourceRepoURL [libraryName].

  • typingsPackageName: This is the name of the directory to delete.
  • asOfVersion: A stub will be published to @types/foo with this version. Should be higher than any currently published version, and should be a version of foo on npm.
  • sourceRepoURL: This should point to the repository that contains the typings.
  • libraryName: Name of npm package that replaces the Definitely Typed types. Usually this is identical to "typingsPackageName", in which case you can omit it.

Any other packages in Definitely Typed that referenced the deleted package should be updated to reference the bundled types. You can get this list by looking at the errors from npm run test. To fix the errors, add a package.json with "dependencies": { "foo": "x.y.z" }. For example:

  "private": true,
  "dependencies": {
    "foo": "^2.6.0"

When you add a package.json to dependents of foo, you will also need to open a PR to add foo to dependenciesWhitelist.txt in types-publisher.

If a package was never on Definitely Typed, it does not need to be added to notNeededPackages.json.


All new packages must be linted. To lint a package, add a tslint.json to that package containing

    "extends": "dtslint/dt.json"

This should be the only content in a finished project's tslint.json file. If a tslint.json turns rules off, this is because that hasn't been fixed yet. For example:

    "extends": "dtslint/dt.json",
    "rules": {
        // This package uses the Function type, and it will take effort to fix.
        "ban-types": false

(To indicate that a lint rule truly does not apply, use // tslint:disable rule-name or better, //tslint:disable-next-line rule-name.)

To assert that an expression is of a given type, use $ExpectType. To assert that an expression causes a compile error, use $ExpectError.

// $ExpectType void

// $ExpectError

For more details, see dtslint readme.


Test your changes by running npm run lint package-name where package-name is the name of your package.

This script uses dtslint to run the TypeScript compiler against your dts files.


What exactly is the relationship between this repository and the @types packages on NPM?

The master branch is automatically published to the @types scope on NPM thanks to types-publisher.

I've submitted a pull request. How long until it is merged?

It depends, but most pull requests will be merged within a week. PRs that have been approved by an author listed in the definition's header are usually merged more quickly; PRs for new definitions will take more time as they require more review from maintainers. Each PR is reviewed by a TypeScript or Definitely Typed team member before being merged, so please be patient as human factors may cause delays. Check the PR Burndown Board to see progress as maintainers work through the open PRs.

My PR is merged; when will the @types NPM package be updated?

NPM packages should update within a few minutes. If it's been more than an hour, mention the PR number on the Definitely Typed Gitter channel and the current maintainer will get the correct team member to investigate.

I'm writing a definition that depends on another definition. Should I use <reference types="" /> or an import?

If the module you're referencing is an external module (uses export), use an import. If the module you're referencing is an ambient module (uses declare module, or just declares globals), use <reference types="" />.

I notice some packages having a package.json here.

Usually you won't need this. Definitely Typed's package publisher creates a package.json for packages with no dependencies outside Definitely Typed. A package.json may be included to specify dependencies that are not other @types packages. Pikaday is a good example. Even if you write your own package.json, you can only specify dependencies; other fields such as "description" are not allowed. You also need to add the dependency to the list of allowed packages. This list is updated by a human, which gives us the chance to make sure that @types packages don't depend on malicious packages.

In the rare case that an @types package is deleted and removed in favor of types shipped by the source package AND you need to depend on the old, removed @types package, you can add a dependency on an @types package. Be sure to explain this when adding to the list of allowed packages so that the human maintainer knows what is happening.

Some packages have no tslint.json, and some tsconfig.json are missing "noImplicitAny": true, "noImplicitThis": true, or "strictNullChecks": true.

Then they are wrong. You can help by submitting a pull request to fix them.

Can I request a definition?

Here are the currently requested definitions.

What about type definitions for the DOM?

If types are part of a web standard, they should be contributed to TSJS-lib-generator so that they can become part of the default lib.dom.d.ts.

Should I add an empty namespace to a package that doesn't export a module to use ES6 style imports?

Some packages, like chai-http, export a function.

Importing this module with an ES6 style import in the form import * as foo from "foo"; leads to the error:

error TS2497: Module 'foo' resolves to a non-module entity and cannot be imported using this construct

This error can be suppressed by merging the function declaration with an empty namespace of the same name, but this practice is discouraged. This is a commonly cited Stack Overflow answer regarding this matter.

It is more appropriate to import the module using the import foo = require("foo"); syntax. Nevertheless, if you want to use a default import like import foo from "foo"; you have two options:

A package uses export =, but I prefer to use default imports. Can I change export = to export default?

Like in the previous question, refer to using either the --allowSyntheticDefaultImports or --esModuleInterop compiler options.

Do not change the type definition if it is accurate. For an NPM package, export = is accurate if node -p 'require("foo")' works to import a module, and export default is accurate if node -p 'require("foo").default' works to import a module.

I want to use features from TypeScript 2.9 or above.

Then you will have to add a comment to the last line of your definition header (after // Definitions: https://github.com/DefinitelyTyped/DefinitelyTyped): // TypeScript Version: 2.9.

I want to use features from TypeScript 3.1 or above.

You can use the same // TypeScript Version: 3.1 comment as above. However, if your project needs to maintain types that are compatible with 3.1 and above at the same time as types that are compatible with 3.0 or below, you will need to use the typesVersions feature, which is available in TypeScript 3.1 and above. You can find a detailed explanation of this feature in the official TypeScript documentation.

Here's a short explanation to get you started:

  1. You'll have to add a package.json file to your package definition, with the following contents:
    "private": true,
    "types": "index",
    "typesVersions": {
        ">=3.1.0-0": { "*": ["ts3.1/*"] }
  1. Create the sub-directory mentioned in the typesVersions field inside your types directory (ts3.1/ in this example) and add the types and tests specific for the new TypeScript version. You don't need the typical definition header in any of the files from the ts3.1/ directory.

  2. Set the baseUrl and typeRoots options in ts3.1/tsconfig.json to the correct paths, they should look something like this:

    "compilerOptions": {
        "baseUrl": "../../",
        "typeRoots": ["../../"]

You can look here and here for examples.

I want to add a DOM API not present in TypeScript by default.

This may belong in TSJS-Lib-Generator. See the guidelines there. If the standard is still a draft, it belongs here. Use a name beginning with dom- and include a link to the standard as the "Project" link in the header. When it graduates draft mode, we may remove it from Definitely Typed and deprecate the associated @types package.

How do Definitely Typed package versions relate to versions of the corresponding library?

NOTE: The discussion in this section assumes familiarity with Semantic versioning

Each Definitely Typed package is versioned when published to NPM. The types-publisher (the tool that publishes @types packages to npm) will set the declaration package's version by using the major.minor version number listed in the first line of its index.d.ts file. For example, here are the first few lines of Node's type declarations for version 10.12.x at the time of writing:

// Type definitions for Node.js 10.12
// Project: http://nodejs.org/
// Definitions by: Microsoft TypeScript <https://github.com/Microsoft>
//                 Definitely Typed <https://github.com/DefinitelyTyped>
//                 Alberto Schiabel <https://github.com/jkomyno>

Because 10.12 is at the end the first line, the npm version of the @types/node package will also be 10.12.x. Note that the first-line comment in the index.d.ts file should only contain the major.minor version (e.g. 10.12) and should not contain a patch version (e.g. 10.12.4). This is because only the major and minor release numbers are aligned between library packages and type declaration packages. The patch release number of the type declaration package (e.g. .0 in 10.12.0) is initialized to zero by Definitely Typed and is incremented each time a new @types/node package is published to NPM for the same major/minor version of the corresponding library.

Sometimes type declaration package versions and library package versions can get out of sync. Below are a few common reasons why, in order of how much they inconvenience users of a library. Only the last case is typically problematic.

  • As noted above, the patch version of the type declaration package is unrelated to the library patch version. This allows Definitely Typed to safely update type declarations for the same major/minor version of a library.
  • If updating a package for new functionality, don't forget to update the version number to line up with that version of the library. If users make sure versions correspond between JavaScript packages and their respective @types packages, then npm update should typically just work.
  • It's common for type declaration package updates to lag behind library updates because it's often library users, not maintainers, who update Definitely Typed when new library features are released. So there may be a lag of days, weeks, or even months before a helpful community member sends a PR to update the type declaration package for a new library release. If you're impacted by this, you can be the change you want to see in the world and you can be that helpful community member!

If you're updating type declarations for a library, always set the major.minor version in the first line of index.d.ts to match the library version that you're documenting!

If a library is updated to a new major version with breaking changes, how should I update its type declaration package?

Semantic versioning requires that versions with breaking changes must increment the major version number. For example, a library that removes a publicly exported function after its 3.5.8 release must bump its version to 4.0.0 in its next release. Furthermore, when the library's 4.0.0 release is out, its Definitely Typed type declaration package should also be updated to 4.0.0, including any breaking changes to the library's API.

Many libraries have a large installed base of developers (including maintainers of other packages using that library as a dependency) who won't move right away to a new version that has breaking changes, because it might be months until a maintainer has time to rewrite code to adapt to the new version. In the meantime, users of old library versions still may want to update type declarations for older versions.

If you intend to continue updating the older version of a library's type declarations, you may create a new subfolder (e.g. /v2/) named for the current (soon to be "old") version, and copy existing files from the current version to it.

Because the root folder should always contain the type declarations for the latest ("new") version, you'll need to make a few changes to the files in your old-version subdirectory to ensure that relative path references point to the subdirectory, not the root.

  1. Update the relative paths in tsconfig.json as well as tslint.json.
  2. Add path mapping rules to ensure that tests are running against the intended version.

For example, the history library introduced breaking changes between version 2.x and 3.x. Because many users still consumed the older 2.x version, a maintainer who wanted to update the type declarations for this library to 3.x added a v2 folder inside the history repository that contains type declarations for the older version. At the time of writing, the history v2 tsconfig.json looks roughly like:

    "compilerOptions": {
        "baseUrl": "../../",
        "typeRoots": ["../../"],
        "paths": {
            "history": [ "history/v2" ]
    "files": [

If there are other packages in Definitely Typed that are incompatible with the new version, you will need to add path mappings to the old version. You will also need to do this recursively for packages depending on packages depending on the old version.

For example, react-router depends on history@2, so react-router tsconfig.json has a path mapping to "history": [ "history/v2" ]. Transitively, react-router-bootstrap (which depends on react-router) also needed to add the same path mapping ("history": [ "history/v2" ]) in its tsconfig.json until its react-router dependency was updated to the latest version.

Also, /// <reference types=".." /> will not work with path mapping, so dependencies must use import.

How do I write definitions for packages that can be used globally and as a module?

The TypeScript handbook contains excellent general information about writing definitions, and also this example definition file which shows how to create a definition using ES6-style module syntax, while also specifying objects made available to the global scope. This technique is demonstrated practically in the definition for big.js, which is a library that can be loaded globally via script tag on a web page, or imported via require or ES6-style imports.

To test how your definition can be used both when referenced globally or as an imported module, create a test folder, and place two test files in there. Name one YourLibraryName-global.test.ts and the other YourLibraryName-module.test.ts. The global test file should exercise the definition according to how it would be used in a script loaded on a web page where the library is available on the global scope - in this scenario you should not specify an import statement. The module test file should exercise the definition according to how it would be used when imported (including the import statement(s)). If you specify a files property in your tsconfig.json file, be sure to include both test files. A practical example of this is also available on the big.js definition.

Please note that it is not required to fully exercise the definition in each test file - it is sufficient to test only the globally-accessible elements on the global test file and fully exercise the definition in the module test file, or vice versa.

What about scoped packages?

Types for a scoped package @foo/bar should go in types/foo__bar. Note the double underscore.

When dts-gen is used to scaffold a scoped package, the paths property has to be manually adapted in the generated tsconfig.json to correctly reference the scoped package:

      "@foo/bar": ["foo__bar"]

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