CLion supports developing, running, and debugging TypeScript source code. CLion recognizes .ts and .tsx files and provides full range of coding assistance for editing them without any additional steps from your side. TypeScript files are marked with the icon.
TypeScript-aware coding assistance includes completion for keywords, labels, variables, parameters, and functions, error and syntax highlighting, formatting, numerous code inspections and quick-fixes, as well as common and TypeScript-specific refactoring. CLion also verifies TypeScript code on the fly and shows syntax and potential compilation errors in a dedicated TypeScript tool window.
Before you start
All the detected syntax and compilation errors are reported in the Errors and Compile errors tabs of the TypeScript Tool Window. For each error, CLion provides a brief description and information about the number of the line where it occurred.
The Console tab shows the log of the TypeScript Language Service since the tool window was opened.
In most cases, everything works out of the box. However, if you want to use a custom
typescript package or pass some command-line options to the TypeScript Language Service, you can customize the default settings as described in Configure integration with the TypeScript Language Service below.
Monitor syntax errors
Open the TypeScript tool window ( ) and switch to the Errors tab.
The tab lists the discrepancies in the code detected by the TypeScript Language Service. The list is updated dynamically as you change your code.
By default, the list contains only the errors from the file in the active editor tab and the full path to this file is displayed at the top. To show the errors across the entire project, press the Show project errors toggle button on the toolbar.
Error messages are grouped by files in which they were detected.
To navigate to the code in question, double-click the corresponding error message or select it and choose Jump to Source from the context menu.
Monitor compilation errors
In the TypeScript tool window ( ), switch to the Compile errors tab.
When you have just opened the TypeScript tool window, you cannot see the Compile errors tab in it. The tab shows up only after first manual compilation, when you click and select the compilation scope.
The tab lists all the compilation errors detected in the chosen scope. This list is not affected by changes you make to your code and is updated only when you invoke compilation manually again.
Error messages are grouped by files in which they were detected. To navigate to the code in question, double-click the corresponding error message or select it and choose Jump to Source from the context menu.
Configure integration with the TypeScript Language Service
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to . The TypeScript page opens.
Specify the Node.js interpreter to use. If you choose the Project alias, CLion will automatically use the project default interpreter from the Node interpreter field on the Node.js and NPM page.
In most cases, CLion detects the project default interpreter and fills in the field itself. You can also choose another configured local interpreter or click and configure a new one.
In the TypeScript field, specify the version of the TypeScript to use (CLion displays the currently chosen version).
By default, the
typescriptpackage from the project's node_modules folder is used.
Bundled: choose this option to use the
typescriptpackage that is shipped with CLion without attempting to find another one.
Select: choose this option to use a custom
typescriptpackage instead of the one bundled with CLion. In the dialog that opens, choose the path to the relevant package.
If your project package manager is Yarn 2, you have to use the
typescriptpackage installed via Yarn 2. In this case,
yarn:package.json:typescriptis by default selected.
Learn more about package managers from npm and Yarn.
Make sure the TypeScript Language Service checkbox is selected.
Use the controls below to configure the behaviour of the TypeScript Language Service.
In the Options field, specify the command-line options to be passed to the TypeScript Language Service when the tsconfig.json file is not found. See the list of acceptable options at TSC arguments. Note that the
--watch(Watch input files) option is irrelevant.
Edit TypeScript code
CLion brings you smart coding assistance for TypeScript including context-aware code completion, auto import for symbols, documentation look-up, parameter hints, navigation, TypeScript-aware syntax highlighting and linting, refactoring and more.
CLion can generate import statements for modules, classes, components, and any other TypeScript symbols that are exported. By default, CLion adds import statements when you complete TypeScript symbols.
See Creating Imports to learn how to optimize import statements and configure their style.
When you type your code or paste a fragment with a symbol that is not yet imported, CLion can also generate an import statement for this symbol. If there is only one source to import the symbol from, CLion inserts an import statement silently. Otherwise, use an import popup or a dedicated import quick-fix.
Add import statements on code completion
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to . The Auto Import page opens.
Add import statements on typing or pasting code
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to . The Auto Import page opens.
Use import popups
If for some reason an import statement for a TypeScript symbol was not added on completion or editing, CLion shows you a popup that suggests importing the symbol.
To accept the suggestion, press Alt+Enter:
If there's more than one possible source of import, CLion informs you about that:
Pressing Alt+Enter in this case opens a list of suggestions:
To hide import popups, open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to , and clear the With import popup checkbox.
Use import quick-fixes
If an import popup doesn't show up, you can always add an import statement via the dedicated quick-fix.
To generate an import, select Add import statement:
If there is only one source to import a symbol from, CLion generates an import statement:
If there are several sources to import a symbol from, select the relevant one from the suggestion list:
If the TypeScript Language Service is enabled in your project, you can also use its suggestion:
If there are several sources to import a symbol from, select the relevant one from the list that the TypeScript Language Service shows:
Configure the appearance of import statements
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to , and use the controls in the Imports tab .
The documentation is shown in a Documentation popup that helps navigate to the related symbols via hyperlinks, and provides a toolbar for moving back and forth through the already navigated pages.
View documentation for a symbol
Position the caret at the symbol and press Ctrl+Q or selectfrom the main menu.
When you hover the mouse pointer over a symbol, CLion immediately displays the reference for it in the Documentation popup.
You can turn off this behavior or configure the popup to appear faster or slower, see Configuring the behavior of Documentation popup below.
Configure the behavior of Documentation popup
To turn off showing documentation automatically, open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to , and clear the Show quick documentation on mouse move checkbox.
To have the Documentation popup shown faster or slower, open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to , then select the Show the documentation popup checkbox and specify the delay time.
View the MDN documentation for a symbol at caret
In the Documentation window Ctrl+Q, click the MDN link.
Alternatively, press Shift+F1 or choosefrom the main menu.
CLion opens the MDN article in the default CLion browser.
Parameter hints show the names of parameters in methods and functions to make your code easier to read. By default, parameter hints are shown only for values that are literals or function expressions but not for named objects.
Configure parameter hints
Open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S and go to .
Select Parameter hints from the list, make sure the Show parameter hints checkbox is selected, and then specify the context where you want parameter hints shown.
For some methods and functions, CLion does not show parameter hints in any context. Click Black list... to view these methods and functions, possibly enable parameter hints for them, or add new items to the list.
Install the type declarations
Position the caret at the warning and press Alt+Enter.
Select the suggestion and press Enter.
You can configure TypeScript-aware syntax highlighting according to your preferences and habits.
In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to .
Select the color scheme, accept the highlighting settings inherited from defaults or customize them as described in Configuring Colors and Fonts.
You can quickly navigate through your TypeScript project in the CLion editor using different actions and popups.
Go to declaration of a symbol
You can navigate from a variable, a field, a method, or any other symbol to its declaration or view the symbol definition in a popup without jumping anywhere from the code you are editing.
To jump to the declaration of a symbol, place the caret at a usage of the symbol and press Ctrl+B or selectfrom the main menu.
Alternatively, use Ctrl+Click.
Go to usages of a symbol
You can view a list of usages of a symbol and select the one to jump to.
To get a list of usages of a symbol, place the caret at the declaration of the symbol and do one of the following:
Press Ctrl+B or selectfrom the main menu.
Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 or selectfrom the main menu.
From the list, select the usage of the symbol where you want to jump.
Go to type declaration of a symbol
You can navigate from a variable, a field, a method, or any other symbol to its type declaration. Alternatively, open the type definition in a popup without jumping to the type declaration.
CLion also shows the inferred type of an object. You can view the inferred type information in a tooltip or in the documentation popup.
Jump to type declaration
To jump from a symbol to the declaration of its type, place the caret at a usage of the symbol and press Ctrl+Shift+B or selectfrom the main menu.
To view the type definition of a symbol in a popup, place the caret at the symbol for which you want to view the type definition and select.
For an instance of a class, this will reveal the class itself instead of where this instance is defined.
View inferred type information of a symbol
Hold Ctrl and hover the mouse pointer over the symbol.
Alternatively, hover the mouse pointer over a symbol. CLion immediately displays the reference for it in the Documentation popup.
Learn more from Documentation look-up above.
Navigate between subclasses, superclasses, overrides, and implementations
You can keep track of class implementations and overriding methods either using the gutter icons in the editor or pressing the appropriate shortcuts.
Go to a subclass
Press Ctrl+Alt+B or click in the gutter and then select the relevant class from the list.
Alternatively, selectfrom the main menu or from the context menu and then select the relevant class from the list.
Go to a superclass or overridden method
Place the caret at a subclass and press Ctrl+U. CLion brings you to the declaration of the superclass and positions the cursor at its name.
Click in the gutter next to an overriding method. CLion brings you to the superclass with the cursor at the overridden method.
Alternatively, place the caret at the overriding method and press Ctrl+U or selectfrom the main menu or from the context menu.
Go to an interface or implemented method
Place the caret at an implementation of an interface, press Ctrl+U, and select the interface to go to.
CLion brings you to the declaration of the interface and positions the cursor at its name.
Click in the gutter next to the implementing method. CLion brings you to the corresponding interface with the cursor at the implemented method.
Alternatively, place the caret at the implementing method and press Ctrl+U or selectfrom the main menu or from the context menu.
Refactoring in TypeScript
CLion provides both common refactoring procedures, such as rename/move, and so on, and TypeScript-specific refactoring procedures, such as change signature, introduce parameter, introduce variable. See Rename refactorings and Move Refactorings for details.