Babel Node + Typescript minus TS Node

Acid Coder
Jun 27, 2022

If you want to use typescript with babel-node, here is how you do it:

install dependencies

npm i -D @babel/core @babel/node @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-typescript typescript

setup npm script

"scripts": {
"start": "babel-node -x .ts -- src/app.ts",
}

create a babel.config.js

module.exports = {
presets: [
'@babel/preset-typescript',
[
'@babel/preset-env',
{
targets: {
node: 'current',
},
},
],
],
}

create a src/app.ts, in this example I use koa

import Koa from 'koa'
const app = new Koa()
// response
app.use(ctx => {
ctx.body = 'Hello Koa'
})
app.listen(3000)

finally npm start and boom, it just works.

This solution comes in handy when you are tight on memory and you want to avoid ts-node

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