Stav Alfi Stav Alfi - 1 year ago 231
Javascript Question

how to import d3.js to angular 2?

I'm using the final version of angular 2 with out angular cli and webpack.

import * as d3 from 'd3'; //ERROR: Cannot find module 'd3'

I installed d3:
npm install d3 --save

what is the problem?


* System configuration for Angular samples
* Adjust as necessary for your application needs.
(function (global) {
paths: {
// paths serve as alias
'npm:': 'node_modules/'
// map tells the System loader where to look for things
map: {
// our app is within the app folder
app: 'app',

// angular bundles
'@angular/core': 'npm:@angular/core/bundles/core.umd.js',
'@angular/common': 'npm:@angular/common/bundles/common.umd.js',
'@angular/compiler': 'npm:@angular/compiler/bundles/compiler.umd.js',
'@angular/platform-browser': 'npm:@angular/platform-browser/bundles/platform-browser.umd.js',
'@angular/platform-browser-dynamic': 'npm:@angular/platform-browser-dynamic/bundles/platform-browser-dynamic.umd.js',
'@angular/http': 'npm:@angular/http/bundles/http.umd.js',
'@angular/router': 'npm:@angular/router/bundles/router.umd.js',
'@angular/forms': 'npm:@angular/forms/bundles/forms.umd.js',
// other libraries
'map': 'npm:d3',
'rxjs': 'npm:rxjs',
'@ngrx': 'npm:@ngrx',
'angular2-in-memory-web-api': 'npm:angular2-in-memory-web-api'
// packages tells the System loader how to load when no filename and/or no extension
packages: {
d3: {
main: 'd3',
format: 'global'
app: {
main: './main.js',
defaultExtension: 'js'
rxjs: {
main: '/bundles/Rx.min.js',
defaultExtension: 'js'
'@ngrx/core': {
main: 'bundles/core.min.umd.js',
format: 'cjs'
'@ngrx/store': {
main: 'bundles/store.min.umd.js',
format: 'cjs'
'@ngrx/effects': {
main: 'index.js',
format: 'cjs'
'@ngrx/store-devtools': {
main: 'bundles/store-devtools.min.umd.js',
format: 'cjs'
'@ngrx/store-log-monitor': {
main: 'bundles/store-log-monitor.min.umd.js',
format: 'cjs'
'@ngrx/router-store': {
main: 'bundles/router-store.min.umd.js',
format: 'cjs'
'angular2-in-memory-web-api': {
main: './index.js',
defaultExtension: 'js'


"globalDependencies": {
"angular-protractor": "registry:dt/angular-protractor#1.5.0+20160425143459",
"core-js": "registry:dt/core-js#0.0.0+20160725163759",
"jasmine": "registry:dt/jasmine#2.2.0+20160621224255",
"node": "registry:dt/node#6.0.0+20160831021119",
"selenium-webdriver": "registry:dt/selenium-webdriver#2.44.0+20160317120654"


"compilerOptions": {
"target": "es5",
"module": "commonjs",
"moduleResolution": "node",
"sourceMap": true,
"emitDecoratorMetadata": true,
"experimentalDecorators": true,
"removeComments": false,
"noImplicitAny": true,
"suppressImplicitAnyIndexErrors": true

Answer Source
typings install --global --save dt~d3

You have a JavaScript library(d3) in your code and you are trying to import it in TypeScript code. TypeScript does not know the "shape" of that library and you need to install a TypeScript definition file for that to work. It does not have any functionality, just the "shape" of the library so that the TypeScript compiler knows what it's working with.