Yahya Uddin Yahya Uddin - 3 months ago 114x
Node.js Question

How to install and run Typescript locally in npm?

I want to install and run Typescript (i.e. no global dependencies).

Here is my package.json file:

"name": "foo",
"version": "1.0.0",
"description": "",
"main": "index.js",
"scripts": {
"test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
"tsc": "tsc"
"devDependencies": {
"typescript": "^1.8.10"
"author": "",
"license": "ISC"

I then run:

npm install
npm run tsc

However when I run the second command I get sooo many errors it cannot display all it. Most of it is like the following:

../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5015,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransformOrigin'.
../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5016,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransformStyle'.
../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5017,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransition'.
../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5018,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransitionDelay'.
../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5019,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransitionDuration'.
../foo/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.d.ts(5020,5): error TS2300: Duplicate identifier 'webkitTransitionProperty'.

In npm-debug.log I get:

0 info it worked if it ends with ok
1 verbose cli [ '/usr/bin/nodejs', '/usr/bin/npm', 'run', 'tsc' ]
2 info using npm@3.10.2
3 info using node@v5.12.0
4 verbose run-script [ 'pretsc', 'tsc', 'posttsc' ]
5 info lifecycle foo@1.0.0~pretsc: foo@1.0.0
6 silly lifecycle foo@1.0.0~pretsc: no script for pretsc, continuing
7 info lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: foo@1.0.0
8 verbose lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: unsafe-perm in lifecycle true
9 verbose lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: PATH: /usr/lib/node_modules/npm/bin/node-gyp-bin:/home/vagrant/foo/node_modules/.bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games
10 verbose lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: CWD: /home/vagrant/foo
11 silly lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: Args: [ '-c', 'tsc' ]
12 silly lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: Returned: code: 2 signal: null
13 info lifecycle foo@1.0.0~tsc: Failed to exec tsc script
14 verbose stack Error: foo@1.0.0 tsc: `tsc`
14 verbose stack Exit status 2
14 verbose stack at EventEmitter.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/lifecycle.js:242:16)
14 verbose stack at emitTwo (events.js:100:13)
14 verbose stack at EventEmitter.emit (events.js:185:7)
14 verbose stack at ChildProcess.<anonymous> (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/spawn.js:40:14)
14 verbose stack at emitTwo (events.js:100:13)
14 verbose stack at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:185:7)
14 verbose stack at maybeClose (internal/child_process.js:850:16)
14 verbose stack at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:215:5)
15 verbose pkgid foo@1.0.0
16 verbose cwd /home/vagrant/foo
17 error Linux 3.13.0-88-generic
18 error argv "/usr/bin/nodejs" "/usr/bin/npm" "run" "tsc"
19 error node v5.12.0
20 error npm v3.10.2
21 error code ELIFECYCLE
22 error foo@1.0.0 tsc: `tsc`
22 error Exit status 2
23 error Failed at the foo@1.0.0 tsc script 'tsc'.
23 error Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
23 error If you do, this is most likely a problem with the foo package,
23 error not with npm itself.
23 error Tell the author that this fails on your system:
23 error tsc
23 error You can get information on how to open an issue for this project with:
23 error npm bugs foo
23 error Or if that isn't available, you can get their info via:
23 error npm owner ls foo
23 error There is likely additional logging output above.
24 verbose exit [ 1, true ]

Note that removing the package and then installing typescript globally solves the problem. However if I then use npm install to install the local packages again, it reintroduces the problem.

Please help!


To install TypeScript local in project as a development dependency you can use --save-dev key

npm install --save-dev typescript

It's also writes the typescript into your package.json

You also need to have a tsconfig.json file. For example

  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "ES5",
    "module": "system",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "sourceMap": true,
    "emitDecoratorMetadata": true,
    "experimentalDecorators": true,
    "removeComments": false,
    "noImplicitAny": false
  "exclude": [

For more information about the tsconfig you can see here http://www.typescriptlang.org/docs/handbook/tsconfig-json.html