Speedier TypeScript Compilations with skipLibCheck
tsconfig has got a neat trick up its sleeve that might just make your compile step fly.
It’s always a good day when you can make a single config change and see a performance improvement. So, let’s unravel what
tsconfig is all about.
tsconfig.json, nestled within
compilerOptions, you’ll find the option for
How does it work?
By default, TypeScript is diligent. It checks every nook and cranny of your codebase, ensuring type safety. This includes diving deep into your imported libraries and checking their types as well.
When you set
true, you’re essentially asking TypeScript to take a chill pill when it comes to libraries. It will skip the type checking for the declaration files (
*.d.ts) of your imported libraries.
And the reward for this? A potentially significant boost in compilation speed.
- Faster Compilation: For large projects with numerous imported libraries, not checking every library can drastically reduce compile time.
- Less Noise: Sometimes, third-party libraries may have types that cause issues or conflicts. By skipping library checks, you bypass those potential error messages.
Trade-offs to Consider
- Potential Type Errors: While skipping library checks can speed things up, you might miss out on some type-checking that could catch issues related to third-party libraries.
- Dependency on Accurate Types: You’re relying on the accuracy of the library’s types. If there’s an error in their type definitions, you might not catch it.
When to Use
Deciding to use
skipLibCheck really boils down to a balance between performance and safety:
Turn it On When:
- Your project heavily relies on numerous third-party libraries, and compile speed is essential.
- You trust the type definitions of your imported libraries or are willing to manage potential type issues manually.
Exercise Caution or Avoid When:
- Type accuracy across your entire project, including libraries, is crucial.
- You’re working in a setting where type issues from third-party libraries have caused problems in the past.
skipLibCheck highlight the flexibility and customization TypeScript offers. While such tweaks can provide immediate performance benefits, always weigh the pros and cons for your specific use case.
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