How to use ESLint with TypeScript

Serhii Shramko

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Formatting is one of several issues to consider when writing clean code. There are many other things we have to worry about as well, but formatting is one of those things that we can adjust right away and set the standard for our project.

ESLint and TSLint

ESLint is statically analyzes your code to quickly find problems. It looks at your code, and tells you when you're not following the standard that you set in place.

Installation and setup

npm install --save-dev eslint @typescript-eslint/parser @typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin

Next, add the .eslintrc.json configuration file to the project root.

touch .eslintrc

In it, use the following start configuration.

  "root": true,
  "parser": "@typescript-eslint/parser",
  "plugins": [
  "extends": [

Ignoring files we don't want to lint

touch .eslintignore

Then add the things we want to ignore. In the following code sample, we're ignoring the dist/ folder that contains the compiled TypeScript code.


Adding a script to package

  "scripts": {
    "lint": "eslint . --ext .ts"

Let's run the following command.

npm run lint

Eslint Rules

ESLint comes with a large number of built-in rules and you can add more rules through plugins. You can modify which rules your project uses either using configuration comments or configuration files. To change a rule setting, you must set the rule ID equal to one of these values:

  • "off" or 0 - turn the rule off
  • "warn" or 1 - turn the rule on as a warning (doesn’t affect exit code)
  • "error" or 2 - turn the rule on as an error (exit code is 1 when triggered)

Adding a rule

To configure rules inside of a configuration file, use the rules key along with an error level and any options you want to use. For example:

  "rules": {
    "curly": "error",
    "quotes": [

Rules are added as keys to this rules attribute and you can usually find basic eslint rules here on their website in the rules' documentation.


That's all 🎉.

It's very easy to start using ESlint, but its contribution to code formatting and saving time is huge. Therefore, I recommend always using it.

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