heroku buildpack for typescript
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Heroku buildpack: Typescript

This is a Heroku buildpack for Typescript apps. It uses NPM and SCons. It is based on the Heroku Node.js buildpack.


Example usage:

$ ls
Procfile  package.json  app.ts

$ heroku create --stack cedar --buildpack https://github.com/pk11/heroku-buildpack-typescript.git

$ git push heroku master
-----> Removing .DS_Store files
-----> Fetching custom git buildpack... done
-----> Typescript app detected
-----> Resolving engine versions
   Using Node.js version: 0.8.14
   Using npm version: 1.1.65
-----> Fetching Node.js binaries
-----> Vendoring node into slug
-----> Installing dependencies with npm
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/typescript-require/0.1.7
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/connect-redis
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/crypto
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/debug
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/express
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/express-blocks
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/express-expose
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/formidable
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/gm
   npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/http-get
         Dependencies installed
-----> Compiling typescript source
        Source compiled to target
-----> Building runtime environment
-----> Discovering process types
        Procfile declares types -> web
-----> Compiled slug size: 27.5MB
-----> Launching... done, v173

The buildpack will detect your app as Typescript if it detects a file matching *.ts in your project root. It will use NPM to install your dependencies, and vendors a version of the Node.js runtime into your slug.

You must include Typescript in your package.json. The buildpack does not install Typescript automatically in order to allow you to specify your own Typescript version.

Compiled javascript is written to the ts directory in the slug.

Node.js and npm versions

You can specify the versions of Node.js and npm your application requires using package.json

  "name": "myapp",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "engines": {
    "node": ">=0.4.7 <0.7.0",
    "npm": ">=1.0.0"

To list the available versions of Node.js and npm, see these manifests:


To use this buildpack, fork it on Github. Push up changes to your fork, then create a test app with --buildpack <your-github-url> and push to it.

To change the vendored binaries for Node.js, NPM, and SCons, use the helper scripts in the support/ subdirectory. You'll need an S3-enabled AWS account and a bucket to store your binaries in.

For example, you can change the default version of Node.js to v0.6.7.

First you'll need to build a Heroku-compatible version of Node.js:

$ export AWS_ID=xxx AWS_SECRET=yyy S3_BUCKET=zzz
$ s3 create $S3_BUCKET
$ support/package_nodejs 0.6.7

Open bin/compile in your editor, and change the following lines:


Commit and push the changes to your buildpack to your Github fork, then push your sample app to Heroku to test. You should see:

-----> Vendoring node 0.6.7