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Cypress ships with official type declarations for TypeScript. This allows you to write your tests in TypeScript.

Install TypeScript

To use TypeScript with Cypress, you will need TypeScript 4.0+. If you do not already have TypeScript installed as a part of your framework, you will need to install it:

npm install typescript --save-dev

Configure tsconfig.json

We recommend creating a tsconfig.json inside your cypress folder with the following configuration:

"compilerOptions": {
"target": "es5",
"lib": ["es5", "dom"],
"types": ["cypress", "node"]
"include": ["**/*.ts"]

The "types" will tell the TypeScript compiler to only include type definitions from Cypress. This will address instances where the project also uses @types/chai or @types/jquery. Since Chai and jQuery are namespaces (globals), incompatible versions will cause the package manager (yarn or npm) to nest and include multiple definitions and cause conflicts.


You may have to restart your IDE's TypeScript server if the setup above does not appear to work. For example:

VS Code (within a .ts or .js file):

  • Open the command palette (Mac: cmd+shift+p, Windows: ctrl+shift+p)
  • Type "restart ts" and select the "TypeScript: Restart TS server." option

If that does not work, try restarting the IDE.

Processing your Cypress configuration and plugins

Cypress needs to be able to transpile your Cypress configuration and plugins written in TypeScript in order to make them executable within Cypress's Node.js runtime. To do this, Cypress will attempt to read the user's TypeScript and project configuration to apply the correct TypeScript loader to Cypress's Node.js runtime.

If your project is an ESM package (short for ECMAScript Module), Cypress attempts to apply the ts-node/esm Node.js loader to resolve the Cypress configuration and plugins. ESM is determined by Cypress if you have the type: "module" key-value pair present inside your project's package.json.

Otherwise, regular ts-node is required into Cypress's Node.js runtime. Since Node.js by itself can only interpret CommonJS files, Cypress attempts to make your TypeScript configuration compatible with Cypress' Node.js runtime. To do this, Cypress overrides the following configuration values found inside your project's tsconfig.json:

"module": "commonjs",
"moduleResolution": "node",
"preserveValueImports": false

This does not have an impact on your project or its TypeScript configuration settings. This override only happens within the context of the Cypress runtime.

Clashing Types with Jest

You may want to consider configuring your app with separate tsconfig.json to solve clashing types with jest. You will need to exclude cypress.config.ts, cypress, node_modules in your root tsconfig.json file.

"exclude": ["cypress.config.ts", "cypress", "node_modules"]

Types for Custom Commands

When adding custom commands to the cy object, you can manually add their types to avoid TypeScript errors.

For example if you add the command cy.dataCy into your supportFile like this:

// cypress/support/index.ts
Cypress.Commands.add('dataCy', (value) => {
return cy.get(`[data-cy=${value}]`)

Then you can add the dataCy command to the global Cypress Chainable interface (so called because commands are chained together).

// cypress/support/index.ts
declare global {
namespace Cypress {
interface Chainable {
* Custom command to select DOM element by data-cy attribute.
* @example cy.dataCy('greeting')
dataCy(value: string): Chainable<JQuery<HTMLElement>>

A nice detailed JSDoc comment above the method type will be really appreciated by any users of your custom command.


Types of all the parameters taken by the implementation callback are inferred automatically based on the declared interface. Thus, in the example above, the value will be of type string implicitly.

In your specs, you can now use the custom command as expected

it('works', () => {
// from your cypress/e2e/
// IntelliSense and TS compiler should
// not complain about unknown method

Adding child or dual commands

When you add a custom command with prevSubject, Cypress will infer the subject type automatically based on the specified prevSubject.

// cypress/support/index.ts
declare global {
namespace Cypress {
interface Chainable {
* Custom command to type a few random words into input elements
* @param count=3
* @example cy.get('input').typeRandomWords()
count?: number,
options?: Partial<TypeOptions>
): Chainable<JQuery<HTMLElement>>
// cypress/support/index.ts
{ prevSubject: 'element' },
(subject /* :JQuery<HTMLElement> */, count = 3, options?) => {
return cy.wrap(subject).type(generateRandomWords(count), options)

Overwriting child or dual commands

When overwriting either built-in or custom commands which make use of prevSubject, you must specify generic parameters to help the type-checker to understand the type of the prevSubject.

interface TypeOptions extends Cypress.TypeOptions {
sensitive: boolean

Cypress.Commands.overwrite<'type', 'element'>(
(originalFn, element, text, options?: Partial<TypeOptions>) => {
if (options && options.sensitive) {
// turn off original log
options.log = false
// create our own log with masked message
$el: element,
name: 'type',
message: '*'.repeat(text.length),

return originalFn(element, text, options)

As you can see there are generic parameters <'type', 'element'> are used:

  1. The first parameter is the command name, equal to first parameter passed to Cypress.Commands.overwrite.
  2. The second parameter is the type of the prevSubject that is used by the original command. Possible values:
    • 'element' infers it as JQuery<HTMLElement>
    • 'window' infers it as Window
    • 'document' infers it as Document
    • 'optional' infers it as unknown


Types for custom assertions

If you extend Cypress assertions, you can extend the assertion types to make the TypeScript compiler understand the new methods. See the Recipe: Adding Chai Assertions for instructions.

Types for plugins



Configuring plugins via cypress/plugins/index.js is no longer supported as of Cypress version 10.0.0.

We recommend that you update your configuration. Please see the plugins guide and the migration guide for more information on how to update your configuration.

You can utilize Cypress's type declarations in your plugins file by annotating it like the following:

// cypress/plugins/index.ts

* @type {Cypress.PluginConfig}
module.exports = (on, config) => {}

Using an External Typings File

You might find it easier to organize your types by moving them from the support file into an external declaration (*.d.ts) file. To do so, create a new file, like cypress.d.ts, and cut the types for your custom commands/assertions from the support file and into the new file. Below is an example of moving the custom cy.mount typings that come by default with a component testing app into a root level cypress.d.ts file.

import { mount } from 'cypress/react'

// Augment the Cypress namespace to include type definitions for
// your custom command.
// Alternatively, can be defined in cypress/support/component.d.ts
// with a <reference path="./component" /> at the top of your spec.
declare global {
namespace Cypress {
interface Chainable {
mount: typeof mount

You might need to include the *.d.ts in the include options in any tsconfig.json files in your project for TypeScript to pick up the new types:

"include": [
"include": [

Set up your dev environment

Please refer to your code editor in TypeScript's Editor Support doc and follow the instructions for your IDE to get TypeScript support and intelligent code completion configured in your developer environment before continuing. TypeScript support is built in for Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio, and WebStorm - all other editors require extra setup.

Clashing types with Jest

If you are using both Jest and Cypress in the same project, the TypeScript types registered globally by the two test runners can clash. For example, both Jest and Cypress provide the clashing types for the describe and it functions. Both Jest and Expect (bundled inside Cypress) provide the clashing types for the expect assertion, etc. There are two solutions to disentangle the types:

  1. Configure a separate tsconfig.json for E2E tests. See our example cypress-io/cypress-and-jest-typescript-example repo.
  2. Remove Cypress global variables by using npm package local-cypress. Read the blog post How to Avoid Using Global Cypress Variables for details.


13.0.0Raised minimum required TypeScript version from 3.4+ to 4.0+
10.0.0Update guide to cover TypeScript setup for component testing
5.0.0Raised minimum required TypeScript version from 2.9+ to 3.4+
4.4.0Added support for TypeScript without needing your own transpilation through preprocessors.

See also