TSLint: A Code Linter for TypeScript

TSLint: A Code Linter for TypeScript


TypeScript is an open-source superset of JavaScript that adds optional static typing, empowering developers to catch and fix errors early. However, like any code, TypeScript is also susceptible to mistakes and can become challenging to maintain over time.

You need an additional weapon in your developer armoury to ensure your code adheres to a common, easily defined standard. That is where TSLint comes in.

TSLint Overview

TSLint is a tool for linting TypeScript code, helping to identify and fix potential errors, inconsistencies, and bad practices. It enforces coding conventions and style rules, improving the overall quality and maintainability of TypeScript projects.

Benefits of TSLint

  • Improved code consistency: TSLint ensures that code follows a consistent style and structure, which makes it easier to read, understand, and maintain.
  • Early Error Detection: TSLint catches potential errors and inconsistencies early on, saving developers time and effort by preventing bugs from being introduced into production.
  • Improved Code Quality: TSLint promotes good coding practices, making code more readable, maintainable, and extendable.

Installing and Configuring TSLint

Installing TSLint

Installing TSLint is straightforward. Follow these steps to install TSLint globally using the npm package manager:

npm install -g tslint

Once installed, you can verify the installation by running the following command:

tslint -v

Configuring TSLint

TSLint can be configured using a tslint.json file. This file allows you to define the linting rules, exclude specific files or directories from linting, and customise the behaviour of the linter.

To create a tslint.json file, create a new file in the root directory of your project and name it tslint.json. Then, paste the following code into the file:

  "extends": [
  "rules": {
    "no-console": false

This configuration defines the set of recommended rules from TSLint, which covers a wide range of common coding issues. The no-console rule is explicitly disabled, allowing the usage of the console object for logging purposes.

Integrating TSLint into Azure DevOps Pipeline

To integrate TSLint into your Azure DevOps pipeline, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new pipeline definition in your Azure DevOps project.
  2. Select the YAML option and paste the following code into the pipeline definition:
- script: |
  npm install tslint
  tslint --typecheck --project src .
 displayName: 'Run TSLint'

This step will install TSLint, run the linter against the TypeScript files in the src directory, and report any errors or warnings that are found.

  1. Save the pipeline definition and trigger a build to run the pipeline.
  2. The pipeline will run the TSLint step and display the results of the linter. If there are any errors or warnings, you will need to address them before deploying your code to production.


TSLint is a valuable tool for improving the quality and maintainability of TypeScript projects. By integrating TSLint into your Azure DevOps pipeline, you can enforce coding conventions, catch errors early, and ensure that your TypeScript code meets the highest standards. This can help to save you time and effort in the long run and can also help to prevent bugs from being introduced into production.

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Hi, my name is Stephen Finchett. I have been a software engineer for over 30 years and worked on complex, business critical, multi-user systems for all of my career. For the last 15 years, I have been concentrating on web based solutions using the Microsoft Stack including ASP.Net, C#, TypeScript, SQL Server and running everything at scale within Kubernetes.