How to Import Modules using Absolute File Paths with TypeScript

In this quick blog post, I'll show you how you can configure TypeScript to use absolute file paths.

It used to suck having to type ../../../../ (and so on) to import a module when coding in TypeScript.

You can fix that by setting a baseUrl property in your tsconfig.json.

  "compilerOptions": {
    "module": "commonjs",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "pretty": true,
    "sourceMap": true,
    "target": "es6",
    "outDir": "./dist",
    "baseUrl": "./src", /* This is where all your code is*/
    "typeRoots" : ["./node_modules/@types", "./src/@types"]
  "include": [
  "exclude": [

Boom, you're all set.

Now go try to import a module. The compiler should be able to help you out now.


Absolute imports

See the absolute import?

Say goodbye to those relative path staircases ../../../../ 👋.


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Khalil Stemmler,
Developer Advocate @ Apollo GraphQL ⚡

Khalil is a software developer, writer, and musician. He frequently publishes articles about Domain-Driven Design, software design and Advanced TypeScript & Node.js best practices for large-scale applications.

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