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Create a React and Typescript app with Webpack

In a previous article, I went over how you can setup a simple React app with just Webpack and Babel. But what if you also want to enable Typescript for your project?

This article goes over how to add Typescript support to a simple React + Webpack project.

Step 1: Install Typescript and type definitions

The first step is to just install Typescript:

npm install typescript --save-dev

Then, it helps to install the type definitions for all the libraries you already use. Usually, this would be:

npm install @types/node @types/react @types/react-dom @types/jest --save-dev

Step 2: Configure Webpack

For Webpack to be able to process Typescript files, we will first need to install a custom loader.

There are several available, but we’ll use ts-loader for our setup:

npm install ts-loader --save-dev

Next, we need to tell Webpack to process TS files as well. For this, we can update the webpack.config.js file to also support ts and tsx extensions:

// webpack.config.js

  // ...,
  module: {
    rules: [
      // `js` and `jsx` files are parsed using `babel`
        test: /\.(js|jsx)$/, 
        exclude: /node_modules/,
        use: ["babel-loader"],
		// `ts` and `tsx` files are parsed using `ts-loader`
        test: /\.(ts|tsx)$/, 
        loader: "ts-loader" 
  resolve: {
    extensions: ["*", ".js", ".jsx", ".ts", ".tsx"],    

Step 3: Configure Typescript

The Typescript compiler supports several options for how to treat the code, which are defined in a tsconfig.json file in the root of the project.

Let’s create one for this project as well:

// tsconfig.json
  "compilerOptions": {  
    "jsx": "react-jsx",

For the purpose of this tutorial, I just added the minimal settings that are required for the React + TS + Webpack integration, but you can learn more about all the options available in the official documentation.

Step 4: Start using Typescript

If you already have some Javascript files in your project, now is a good time to change their extensions from js to ts and from jsx to tsx!

Then, restart the app and you should see everything still working ✨

Check out the completed repository at

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