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πŸš€A starter for any TypeScript project meant to be published on NPMπŸš€

ts-ci is a project starter like TSDX or typescript-starter but (arguably) better because:

  • It's not a CLI tool, the automation happens with Github Actions.
    Update your package.json version number, push. Voila, your new version is published on NPM.
  • It doesn't bundle your library into a single file so users can cherry-pick what they want to import from your lib, your modules will be tree shakable.
    E.g: import { aSpecificFunctionΒ } from "your-module/aSpecificFile"

How to use

  • Click on image
  • The repo name you will choose will be used as a module name for NPM.
  • Go to the repository Settings tab, then Secrets you will need to add a new secret: NPM_TOKEN, you NPM authorization token.
  • To trigger publishing edit the package.json version field ( 0.0.0-> 0.0.1 for example) then push changes... that's all !
  • Publish beta release by setting your version number to X.Y.Z-beta.T (example: 1.0.0-beta.32). You usually want to do that from a branch, it work as well! You just have to open a PR.


This template automates the boring and tedious tasks of:

  • Filling up the package.json
  • Setting up Typescript.
  • Testing on multiple Node version running on Ubuntu and Windows before publishing.
  • Maintaining a CHANGELOG.
  • Publishing on NPM and creating corresponding GitHub releases.

Besides, good stuff that comes with using this template:

  • The dist/ directory is not tracked on the main branch.
  • Shorter specific file import path.
    import {...} from "my_module/theFile" instead of the usual import {...} from "my_module/dist/theFile"
  • ESlint and Prettier are automatically run against files staged for commit. (Optional, you can disable this feature)

Examples of project using this template


Click to expand

Can I use npm instead of yarn

Yes, just remove the yarn.lock file.

What will be included in the npm bundle?

All filles listed in the files property of your package JSON.

How to debug the action

You can increase the verbosity by creating a new secret ACTIONS_STEP_DEBUG and setting it to true.


Disable linting and formatting

Remove this, this and this from your package.json
Remove this and this from github/workflows/ci.yaml
Remove .eslintignore, .eslintrc.js, .prettierignore and .prettierrc.json.

Accessing files outside the dist/ directory

The drawback of having short import path is that the dir structure
is not exactly the same in production ( in the npm bundle ) and in development.

The files and directories in dist/ will be moved to the root of the project.

As a result this won't work in production:


import * as fs from "fs";
import * as path from "path";

const str = fs.readFileSync(
    path.join(__dirname,"..", "package.json")

Because /dist/index.js will be moved to /index.js

You'll have to do:


import * as fs from "fs";
import * as path from "path";
import { getProjectRoot } from "./tools/getProjectRoot";

const str = fs.readFileSync(

With getProjectRoot.ts being:

import * as fs from "fs";
import * as path from "path";

function getProjectRootRec(dirPath: string): string {
    if (fs.existsSync(path.join(dirPath, "package.json"))) {
        return dirPath;
    return getProjectRootRec(path.join(dirPath, ".."));

let result: string | undefined = undefined;

export function getProjectRoot(): string {
    if (result !== undefined) {
        return result;

    return (result = getProjectRootRec(__dirname));

How does the automatic update works?

Starting from the second release, a will be created at the root of the repo.


The is built from the commits messages since last release.

Are NOT included in the

  • The commit messages that includes the word "changelog" ( non-case sensitive ).
  • The commit messages that start with "Merge branch ".
  • The commit messages that with "GitBook: "

The GitHub release will point to a freezed version of the


πŸš€ A starter for TS projects meant to be published on NPM.




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