Atomic Editor TypeScript Development Setup

LaraEngebretson edited this page Jan 19, 2017 · 19 revisions


The Atomic Editor application is a UI and script extension of the native ToolCore library. The editor is primarily extended with TypeScript which is located under Script/AtomicEditor in the repository.

This is a recipe for setting up a basic TypeScript environment for working on the Atomic Editor (not projects). The method described uses VSCode. It is also possible to use Atom with the TypeScript plugin.

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Setting up for Atomic Editor development

This recipe will take a varying amount of time based on what tools are installed. At least 15 minutes will be required to complete these steps:

  1. Build the Atomic Editor from source. This isn't as scary as it may sound using these simple one line instructions.

    On Windows:

    On macOS/Linux:

  2. In your local source tree, open AtomicGameEngine/Script/tsconfig.json and find the line

    "outDir": "../Artifacts/Build/Resources/EditorData/AtomicEditor/EditorScripts",
  3. Depending on your platform change this line to:


    "outDir": "../Artifacts/AtomicEditor/Resources/EditorData/AtomicEditor/EditorScripts",


    "outDir": "../Artifacts/AtomicEditor/",

    (This will change the compiled TypeScript to be output in the built Atomic Editor instead of the normal staging location)

  4. Open the AtomicGameEngine/Script folder in VSCode and configure a Task Runner - you can do this by opening the Command Palette (View > Command Palette or CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + P) and finding Tasks: Configure Task Runner. Select TypeScript: tsconfig.json in the task runners available.

  5. Open AtomicEditor/main.ts and modify the main method to output some text by adding console.log("Hello Atomic Editor!"); then build by pressing CMD/CTRL + SHIFT + B (If you're on macOS/Linux and receive an error, you may have to install TypeScript using npm install -g typescript)

    The Atomic Editor binary built in step 1 is in the Artifacts/AtomicEditor folder, run it and open the developer console using the Developer > Show Console menu. Near the top of the console log you should see "Hello Atomic Editor!"

  6. Congratulations! You can now edit and add new Atomic Editor TypeScript with VSCode!