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Hans Larsen edited this page May 3, 2018 · 4 revisions

Global scripts

You can add Javascript files to the global scope via the scripts option inside your project's build target options in angular.json. These will be loaded exactly as if you had added them in a <script> tag inside index.html.

This is especially useful for legacy libraries or analytic snippets.

"architect": {
  "build": {
    "builder": "@angular-devkit/build-angular:browser",
    "options": {
      "scripts": [

You can also rename the output and lazy load it by using the object format:

"scripts": [
  { "input": "src/lazy-script.js", "lazy": true },
  { "input": "src/pre-rename-script.js", "bundleName": "renamed-script" },

Note: you will also need to add any scripts to the test builder if you need them for unit tests.

Using global libraries inside your app

Once you import a library via the scripts array, you should not import it via a import statement in your TypeScript code (e.g. import * as $ from 'jquery';). If you do that you'll end up with two different copies of the library: one imported as a global library, and one imported as a module.

This is especially bad for libraries with plugins, like JQuery, because each copy will have different plugins.

Instead, download typings for your library (npm install @types/jquery) and follow the 3rd Party Library Installation steps, this will give you access to the global variables exposed by that library.

If the global library you need to use does not have global typings, you can also declare them manually in src/typings.d.ts as any:

declare var libraryName: any;

When working with scripts that extend other libraries, for instance with JQuery plugins (e.g, $('.test').myPlugin();), since the installed @types/jquery may not include myPlugin, you would need to add an interface like the one below in src/typings.d.ts.

interface JQuery {
  myPlugin(options?: any): any;

Otherwise you may see [TS][Error] Property 'myPlugin' does not exist on type 'JQuery'. in your IDE.

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