Clean compiled typescript with gulp

Posted by Gjermund Bjaanes on May 7, 2016

This blog post will show you how you can clean your compiled TypeScript using gulp, if you compile your files inside your source folder.

That means that this is applicable to you if your compiled output is placed next to the TypeScript files (which is what I am doing with ExtremeResults).

That means that we will be able to clean out these sorts of structures:

someFile.ts (Original TypeScript file)
someFile.js (Compiled output) (Mapping file - also generated)
someFolder/someOtherFile.ts (Original TypeScript file)
someFolder/someOtherFile.js (Compiled output)
someFolder/ (Mapping file - also generated)

Since these files are placed inside the source folder, it can be cumbersome to get rid of them in an automatic fashion.

I have two solutions prepared for this, both using Gulp.


First solution: search and replace

The first solution is kind of a “brute-force” solution.

It takes a list of typescript files and create a new list of files by replacing the .ts with a .js. Not very intelligent, but it does the job.

This is a solution that requires two dependencies: del and glob.

They can be installed like this:

npm install --save-dev del glob


This task does not get rid of map files, so you would need another one dealing with just the map files.

gulp.task('clean-ts-generated', function (cb) {
  return glob('./src/app/**/*.ts', function (err, files) {
    var generatedFiles = (file) {
      return file.replace(/.ts$/, '.js*');

    del(generatedFiles, cb);

This works, but is very manual, and frankly, a little ugly.


Second solution: Plugin

gulp-clean-compiled-typescript is a gulp plugin I wrote and made available on npm. I did that just to be able to do the same as in the first solution, only cleaner.

Also, since I wrote it generic, it might be of use to others! Open Source, yay!


It achieves the same thing as the script above, but also takes care of files. It is also a lot simpler to use.

You just send in typescript files in a normal gulp way, and it gets rid of the appropriate files.


You can install this plugin like this:

npm install --save-dev gulp-clean-compiled-typescript


To use it, you can just do the following in your gulp file:

var cleanCompiledTypeScript = require('gulp-clean-compiled-typescript');

gulp.task('default', function () {
  return gulp.src('./app/**/*.ts')

Easy and clean. Just the way I like it.

If you want to take a look at the source code, go to the Github page:

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