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You can add static typing to JavaScript to improve developer productivity and code quality thanks to TypeScript.

Minimum configuration

MUI requires a minimum version of TypeScript 3.5. Have a look at the Create React App with TypeScript example.

For types to work, you should have at the minimum the following options enabled in your tsconfig.json:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "lib": ["es6", "dom"],
    "noImplicitAny": true,
    "noImplicitThis": true,
    "strictNullChecks": true

The strict mode options are the same that are required for every types package published in the @types/ namespace. Using a less strict tsconfig.json or omitting some of the libraries might cause errors. To get the best type experience with the types we recommend setting "strict": true.

Handling value and event handlers

Many components concerned with user input offer a value prop or event handlers which include the current value. In most situations that value is only handled within React which allows it be of any type, such as objects or arrays.

However, that type cannot be verified at compile time in situations where it depends on the component's children e.g. for Select or RadioGroup. This means that the soundest option is to type it as unknown and let the developer decide how they want to narrow that type down. We do not offer the possibility to use a generic type in those cases for the same reasons is not generic in React.

The demos include typed variants that use type casting. It is an acceptable tradeoff because the types are all located in a single file and are very basic. You have to decide for yourself if the same tradeoff is acceptable for you. The library types are be strict by default and loose via opt-in.

Customization of Theme

Moved to /customization/theming/#custom-variables.

Usage of component prop

Moved to /guides/composition/#with-typescript.