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React Component Library With TypeScript

Tue May 23 2023

Here's a guide to create a React component library with TypeScript given by ChatGPT.

To create a TypeScript React component library project, you can follow these steps:

  1. Create a new directory for your project: mkdir my-library
  2. Navigate to the directory: cd my-library
  3. Initialize a new npm package: npm init -y, this will create a package.json file in the root directory.
  4. Set type to module in package.json:
     "type": "module"
  1. Install the necessary dependencies:
   npm install --save-dev typescript react react-dom @types/react @types/react-dom
   npm install --save-dev rollup rollup-plugin-typescript2 rollup-plugin-peer-deps-external rollup-plugin-commonjs rollup-plugin-node-resolve

Here, we are installing TypeScript, React, and their respective type definitions. We are also installing Rollup and its plugins for bundling and transpiling our code.

  1. Create a tsconfig.json file in the root directory:
     "compilerOptions": {
       "outDir": "./dist/",
       "module": "esnext",
       "target": "es5",
       "lib": ["es6", "dom"],
       "sourceMap": true,
       "declaration": true,
       "declarationMap": true,
       "jsx": "react",
       "esModuleInterop": true
     "include": ["src/**/*"]

This sets up the TypeScript compiler options. We are targeting ES5 with support for ES6 and DOM types. We are also declaring our component interfaces for external use and generating source maps.

  1. Create a rollup.config.js file in the root directory:
   import typescript from 'rollup-plugin-typescript2';
   import peerDepsExternal from 'rollup-plugin-peer-deps-external';
   import resolve from 'rollup-plugin-node-resolve';
   import commonjs from 'rollup-plugin-commonjs';

   export default {
     input: 'src/index.tsx',
     output: [
         file: 'dist/bundle.js',
         format: 'cjs',
         sourcemap: true
         file: 'dist/bundle.esm.js',
         format: 'esm',
         sourcemap: true
     plugins: [
         rollupCommonJSResolveHack: true,
         clean: true

This sets up Rollup to bundle our code. We are setting the input file to src/index.tsx and outputting two bundles: one in CommonJS format (dist/bundle.js) and one in ES module format (dist/bundle.esm.js).

  1. Create a src directory in the root directory.
  2. Create a index.tsx file in src directory:
   export { default as ComponentName } from './ComponentName';

This exports our component from src/ComponentName.tsx.

  1. Create your first component in src/ComponentName.tsx:
   import React from 'react';

   interface Props {
     name: string;

   const ComponentName: React.FC<Props> = ({ name }) => {
     return <div>Hello, {name}!</div>;

   export default ComponentName;

This creates a simple component that takes a name prop and displays it in a div.

  1. Build the library: npx rollup -c
  2. Test the library: create a test directory and a test.tsx file:
   import React from 'react';
   import { ComponentName } from '../dist/bundle';

   export default function Test() {
     return <ComponentName name="World" />;

This imports our component from the dist/bundle file and uses it in a simple test.

  1. Run the test: npx parcel test.html (assuming you have Parcel installed)

That's it! You now have a basic TypeScript React component library. You can continue adding components to the src directory and building them with Rollup.