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Convert TypeScript Project to JavaScript

We all know TypeScript is an amazing programming language. And we love it! But a lot of time developers still prefer to write codes and build their projects using JavaScript. Here at UI-Lib, we build templates and UI Kits for both personal and commercial purposes. And many of our UI Kits are developed with TypeScript. However, a large portion of our customers always wants JavaScript as source code.

So, to make our customers satisfied, we built a simple tool that easily converts the whole TypeScript project to a formatted readable JavaScript project.

How to Convert TypeScript Project to JavaScript

TypeScript is our main codebase and this is the source of everything. And from this source, beautiful and readable JavaScript will be generated. So, without further delay, let’s dive into the task and learn how this tool works. And learn how you can create one on your own.

Here,Babel is that magician who transforms TypeScript code to readable & editable JavaScript.

  • Create a folder called tools in your TypeScript project (which you’ll convert to JavaScript).
  • Create package.json or run npm init in tools folder and paste below content in package.json
{
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node convert"
  },
  "dependencies": {},
  "devDependencies": {
    "@babel/cli": "^7.15.7",
    "@babel/core": "^7.15.8",
    "@babel/node": "^7.15.8",
    "@babel/plugin-transform-typescript": "^7.15.8",
    "@babel/preset-env": "^7.15.8",
    "@babel/preset-react": "^7.14.5",
    "@babel/preset-typescript": "^7.15.0",
    "fs-extra": "^10.0.0"
  }
}
  • Open terminal in tools folder and run npm install.
  • Create utils.js in tools folder and past below code.
    • The buildTree function creates a tree structure of all the files in your project.
    • createJsConfig function to create jsconfig.json file.
    • The transformTsToJs function uses babel to convert whole project to js.

utils.js

var fs = require('fs');

class TreeNode {
  path;
  children;

  constructor(path) {
    this.path = path;
    this.children = [];
  }
}

const buildTree = (rootPath) => {
  const root = new TreeNode(rootPath);

  const stack = [root];

  while (stack.length) {
    const currentNode = stack.pop();

    if (currentNode) {
      const children = fs.readdirSync(currentNode.path);

      for (let child of children) {
        const childPath = `${currentNode.path}/${child}`;
        const childNode = new TreeNode(childPath);
        currentNode.children.push(childNode);

        if (fs.statSync(childNode.path).isDirectory()) {
          stack.push(childNode);
        }
      }
    }
  }

  return root;
};

const transformTsToJs = (node) => {
  //   console.log(node);
  node.children.forEach((childNode) => {
    if (childNode.children && childNode.children.length) {
      transformTsToJs(childNode);
    } else {
      // transform only ts files
      if (childNode.path.includes('.js') || childNode.path.includes('.jsx')) {
        return;
      }

      // Transform
      let result = require('@babel/core').transformSync(
        fs.readFileSync(childNode.path),
        {
          filename: childNode.path,
          presets: ['@babel/preset-typescript'],
          plugins: ['@babel/plugin-transform-typescript'],
        }
      );

      // Save new file
      let newFilePath;
      if (childNode.path.includes('.ts')) {
        newFilePath = childNode.path.replace('.ts', '.js');
      }
      if (childNode.path.includes('.tsx')) {
        newFilePath = childNode.path.replace('.tsx', '.jsx');
      }

      fs.writeFileSync(newFilePath, result.code);

      // delete main ts files
      if (childNode.path.includes('.ts') || childNode.path.includes('.tsx')) {
        fs.unlinkSync(childNode.path);
      }
    }
  });
};

const createJsConfig = (outdir) => {
  fs.writeFileSync(
    outdir,
    `{
    "compilerOptions": {
        "baseUrl": "src"
    },
    "include": ["src"]
}`
  );
};

module.exports = {
  buildTree,
  transformTsToJs,
  createJsConfig,
};
  • Create a file convert.js and paste below code.
  • Inside Promise.all copy all the source files including TS, images, etc. to output folder. Your new javascript project will be saved in output folder.
    • We created jsconfig.json output folder.
    • We built tree structure of output folder and used this to convert all the typescript code to javascript.
const utils = require('./utils');
const fse = require('fs-extra');

Promise.all([
  fse.copy('../src', 'output/src'),
  fse.copy('../.env', 'output/.env'),
  fse.copy('../.gitignore', 'output/.gitignore'),
  fse.copy('../public', 'output/public'),
  fse.copy('../package.json', 'output/package.json'),
  fse.copy('../README.md', 'output/README.md'),
])
  .then(() => {
    utils.createJsConfig('output/jsconfig.json');

    const allFiles = utils.buildTree('output/src');
    utils.transformTsToJs(allFiles);
  })
  .catch((err) => console.log(err));

Finally Convert Your Project

Lastly, run this command. It will convert your whole project to JavaScript.

Run node convert or npm start to run the convert.js file.

Wrapping Up

We hope at this point, you’ll be able to convert your TypeScript Project to JavaScript. If you face a similar situation like us or just want to convert your TypeScript project to JavaScript then you can use this tool.

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