TypeScript Sublime Text integration

Something interesting has happened in the world of JavaScript development. Of all people, the folk at Microsoft have developed TypeScript. If you’re in to such things, I don’t need to explain further. There is a Visual Studio 2012 plugin, but these days I’ve fallen in love with Sublime Text. Here’s a quick howto on TypeScript development with Sublime Text, specifically on Windows 7.

First install theNode.jsmsi package. Once installed, open a command prompt and type the following to install the TypeScript compiler:

npm install -g typescript

Now grab the Sublime Text syntax hightlight definition file from MSDN. Open the zip and copy the typescript.tmplanguage file to your Sublime Text user packages directory. Mine is located in:

C:\Users\arowland\AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 2\Packages\User\

Now open Sublime Text. Select Tools -> Build System -> New Build System. Paste in the following:

    "selector": "source.ts",
    "cmd": ["tsc.cmd", "$file"],
    "file_regex": "^(.+?) \\((\\d+),(\\d+)\\): (.+)$"

Save this file. Now you can create a new JavaScript file, and save with the .ts extension. The editor will highlight TypeScript code, and allow you to compile to JavaScript by pressing Ctrl+B. The build process will create the compiled JavaScript file in the same directory as the source TypeScript.

9 thoughts on "TypeScript Sublime Text integration"

Ryan Montgomery

October 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

If you installed typescript via npm then this will work on mac osx.

    "selector": "source.ts",
    "cmd": ["tsc", "$file"],
    "path": "/usr/local/bin",
    "file_regex": "^(.+?) \\((\\d+),(\\d+)\\): (.+)$"

Nigel Ainscoe

October 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for this, I had to ditch the .cmd in line 3 of the build system so it reads:

"cmd": ["tsc", "$file"],

But being my first time adding to my Sublime2 installation, it was infinitely better than no instructions and I now have beautifully highlighted typescript 🙂

Andy R

October 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Hi Nigel. That’s what I had initially but had to alter it to get it to build. I’m just glad you’ve got it working.

Simo Endre

October 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

This is a great future to have on Sublime Text editor, only the auto-completion is missing completely, which pretty shame. To automatize even more the ts=>js process you can install a little build package. I’ve explained here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12799237/how-to-watch-and-compile-all-typescript-sources/12800090#12800090


October 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

The build script is working (Windows), but I’m not seeing any output in the build results when the compilation fails. Any idea why?

Eran Medan

November 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

I’ve created a small package that includes the build system + the syntax highlighter Would you please review this: https://github.com/eranation/sublime-text-2-typescript Hope I did it right... feel free to modify


June 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    "cmd": ["tsc","$file"],
    "file_regex": "(.*\\.ts?)\\s\\(([0-9]+)\\,([0-9]+)\\)\\:\\s(…*?)$",
    "selector": "source.ts",
    "windows": {
        "cmd": ["tsc.cmd", "$file"]


June 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm

This worked for me perfectly


October 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Tanks my friend !