How to install TypeScript on Mac using Node NPM

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In this tutorial we will learn to install TypeScript on Mac using NPM a NodeJS package manager.

Step 1: Install Homebrew

Homebrew is a package manager for Mac and helps to easily install and uninstall softwares on a Mac.

To install Homebrew run the following command in the terminal.

$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

For more detail on Homebrew check their website.

Once you have homebrew installed on your system you can use it to install many packages.

Step 2: Install Node

By installing NodeJS you will also get NPM which is Node package manager. It will help you to install other packages.

To install Node on your Mac using Homebrew type the following command.

$ brew install node

Once you have Node installed you can check its version by typing the following command in the terminal.

$ node -v

And, to check the version of NPM type the following command in the terminal.

$ npm -v

Click here to read the tutorial on How to install NodeJS on Mac.

So, now we have Node and NPM installed on our system. Time to install TypeScript using NPM.

Step 3: Install TypeScript

We will install TypeScript globally on our Mac so that we can access it from any directory. For this we will use the following command.

$ sudo npm install -g typescript

You may have to use sudo if you don't have permissions.

Output

YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$ sudo npm install -g typescript
Password:
/usr/local/bin/tsc -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/typescript/bin/tsc
/usr/local/bin/tsserver -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/typescript/bin/tsserver
/usr/local/lib
└── typescript@2.2.1 

YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$

Once you have TypeScript installed use the following command to check the version.

$ tsc -v

Output

YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$ tsc -v
Version 2.2.1
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$

Using TypeScript to convert .TS file into .JS file

Lets say, we have a project folder example and we have an app.ts TypeScript file which we want to convert into JavaScript file.

The content of app.ts file is given below.

console.log("Hello World!");

To convert app.ts file into app.js file we use the following command in the terminal.

$ tsc app.ts

Output

YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$ cd Documents/yusuf-dev/
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:yusuf-dev yusufshakeel$ mkdir example
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:yusuf-dev yusufshakeel$ cd example/
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:example yusufshakeel$ vi app.ts
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:example yusufshakeel$ tsc app.ts
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:example yusufshakeel$ ls -la
total 16
drwxr-xr-x  4 yusufshakeel  staff  136 Mar 13 09:06 .
drwxr-xr-x  8 yusufshakeel  staff  272 Mar 13 09:05 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 yusufshakeel  staff   28 Mar 13 09:06 app.js
-rw-r--r--  1 yusufshakeel  staff   28 Mar 13 09:06 app.ts
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:example yusufshakeel$

Uninstall TypeScript

To uninstall TypeScript globally we use the following command.

$ sudo npm uninstall -g typescript

You may have to use sudo if you don't have the permissions.

Output

YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$ sudo npm uninstall -g typescript
Password:
- typescript@2.2.1 node_modules/typescript
YUSUF-MacBook-Pro:~ yusufshakeel$

And that's all for this tutorial. Have fun coding.

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