Setup Eslint Prettier and Husky in NodeJS

Setup code quality tools in a painless way in typescript

Having Typescript in a NodeJS project is a great way to ensure type safety, and it also improves the developer experience a lot. But we can take this even further by adding Linter and Formatter.

Today we will see how we can add linter and prettier to a NodeJS project using Typescript.

We are continuing this project from the previous article. The repository can be found here

Step 1: Install required dependencies

Let's first install the required dependencies.

yarn add -D eslint \
@typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin \

Now Eslint doesn't have typescript support by default, so we add two additional packages as a developer dependency.

Step 2: Create a config file

Now create a new eslint config file.

touch .eslintrc

And paste the following code there.

  "parser": "@typescript-eslint/parser",
  "parserOptions": { "ecmaVersion": "latest", "sourceType": "module" },
  "extends": ["plugin:@typescript-eslint/recommended"],
  "env": {
    "node": true // Enabling Node.js global variables
  "rules": {}

Let's add two scripts in our package.json file to lint and format easily.

"scripts": {
    "lint": "eslint src/**/*.ts",
    "format": "eslint src/**/*.ts --fix"

Now you can run the following command to lint the whole project.

yarn lint

Also, don't forget to create a .eslintignore file to omit some folders from being linted. As that can take up some time.


and put the following code there


Step 3: Add Prettier

Let's now add prettier to the project. First, install the dependency.

yarn add -D prettier

then create a .prettierrc file in the root folder and add the following configuration there

  "semi": true,
  "trailingComma": "all",
  "singleQuote": true,
  "printWidth": 120,
  "tabWidth": 2

Now, this configuration is just my personal preference. You can use your configuration if you want.

Also, you can add a new script for running prettier on all files at once

"scripts": {
    "pretty": "prettier --write \"src/**/*.ts\""

and run prettier for all files like the following

yarn pretty

Step 4: Add Husky

Now all these are just awesome. But I always forget to run these commands. To ensure that no bad code is going to be pushed to the source control, we can use a great tool called husky

It will run before you try to make a commit and can run some health checks. To understand better, let's first install it.

yarn add -D husky

Then add a new block in the package.json file

"husky": {
    "hooks": {
      "pre-commit": "yarn lint"

So every time you try to commit your changes, this pre-commit hook will run, and your code will be fixed automatically. How cool is that!

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