How to Run TypeScript in VS Code

VS Code” stands for “Visual Studio Code” which is free and an open-source code editor used by developers to execute the code in different programming languages including “TypeScript”. To run the TypeScript code in VS code, it is mandatory to install the TypeScript compiler “tsc” that will transpile the “.ts” file to the JavaScript “.js” file.

This tutorial will discuss the procedure to execute the TypeScript in VS code.

How to Run TypeScript in VS Code?

To run TypeScript in VS code or any other IDE, first, you have to install a “node.js” on your system. Run the following command on the command prompt to install TypeScript:

npm install -g typescript

After that, you can easily execute the TypeScript on the VS code using the VS terminal. Open the terminal using the “ctrl+shift+`” and follow the given steps:

Step 1: Transpile the TypeScript File to the JavaScript File

To transpile the TypeScript to the JavaScript use the below command:

tsc filename.ts

Step 2: Execute the JavaScript File

To execute the transpile JavaScript file use the below command:

node filename.js

The above approach helps to execute the TypeScript in any IDE if you specifically run TypeScript in VS code, then simply follow the given steps:

Step 1: Install Extensions in VS Code

First, install the extensions in VS code from the “Extensions” panel in VS Code. To do this, click on the Extensions icon or press “ctrl+Shift+X” in the left-hand sidebar:

Type the “node” in the search bar, click on the extension “Node Essentials” and press the “install” button. It will install all the essential extensions for node development:

After installing the node essential extension, install the extension for TypeScript that contains the “TypeScript compilertsc’” to transpile the “.ts” file. For this, search the “TypeScript” in a search bar, click on “JavaScript and TypeScript Nightly” and press the “install” button:

Step 2: Create TypeScript Code File

Create a file with the extension “.ts” that contains the TypeScript Code. Here, we will create a TypeScript file as “file.ts”:

Add the following code in the “file.ts” file:

let welcome : string = "Welcome To Linuxhint";


Step 3: Transpile TypeScript Code

Now, open the VS terminal using “ctrl+shift+`” and enter the following command to transpile the TypeScript code to the JavaScript file:

tsc file.ts

After compiling, the “.js” file is created:

Step 4: Run the JavaScript File

Now, run the JavaScript file using “Node.js” with the given command:

node file.js


If you want to show the output on the web page then you have to link your “.js” file with the HTML document using the “src” attribute of <script> tag:

<script src="./file.js"></script>

That’s all about running TypeScript in VS code.


To run the TypeScript code in VS code, first, you have to install “node.js” and “TypeScript” in your system or in the VS code IDE. Then, use the “tsc” command to transpile the TypeScript file to a JavaScript file. Finally, run the JavaScript file in VS code using the “node” command. This tutorial discussed the procedure for executing the TypeScript in VS code.

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Farah Batool

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