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TypeChain Hardhat plugin

Zero-config TypeChain support for Hardhat

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# Description

Automatically generate TypeScript bindings for smartcontracts while using Hardhat(opens new window) .

# Installation

If you use Ethers/Waffle do:

npm install --save-dev typechain @typechain/hardhat @typechain/ethers-v5

If you're a Truffle user you need:

npm install --save-dev typechain @typechain/hardhat @typechain/truffle-v5

And add the following statement to your hardhat.config.js:


Or, if you use TypeScript, add this to your hardhat.config.ts:

import '@typechain/hardhat'
import '@nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers'
import '@nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle'

Here's a sample tsconfig.json:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "es2018",
    "module": "commonjs",
    "strict": true,
    "esModuleInterop": true,
    "outDir": "dist",
    "resolveJsonModule": true
  "include": ["./scripts", "./test"],
  "files": ["./hardhat.config.ts"]

# Features

  • Zero Config Usage - Run the compile task as normal, and Typechain artifacts will automatically be generated in a root directory called typechain.
  • Incremental generation - Only recompiled files will have their types regenerated
  • Frictionless - return type of ethers.getContractFactory will be typed properly - no need for casts

# Tasks

This plugin overrides the compile task and automatically generates new Typechain artifacts on each compilation.

There is an optional flag --no-typechain which can be passed in to skip Typechain compilation.

This plugin adds the typechain task to hardhat:

Generate Typechain typings for compiled contracts

# Configuration

This plugin extends the hardhatConfig optional typechain object. The object contains two fields, outDir and target. outDir is the output directory of the artifacts that TypeChain creates (defaults to typechain). target is one of the targets specified by the TypeChain docs(opens new window) (defaults to ethers).

This is an example of how to set it:

module.exports = {
  typechain: {
    outDir: 'src/types',
    target: 'ethers-v5',
    alwaysGenerateOverloads: false, // should overloads with full signatures like deposit(uint256) be generated always, even if there are no overloads?
    externalArtifacts: ['externalArtifacts/*.json'], // optional array of glob patterns with external artifacts to process (for example external libs from node_modules)

# Usage

npx hardhat compile - Compiles and generates Typescript typings for your contracts. Example Waffle + Ethers test that uses typedefs for contracts:

import { ethers, waffle } from 'hardhat'
import chai from 'chai'

import CounterArtifact from '../artifacts/contracts/Counter.sol/Counter.json'
import { Counter } from '../src/types/Counter'

const { deployContract } = waffle
const { expect } = chai

describe('Counter', () => {
  let counter: Counter

  beforeEach(async () => {
    // 1
    const signers = await ethers.getSigners()

    // 2
    counter = (await deployContract(signers[0], CounterArtifact)) as Counter

    // 3
    const initialCount = await counter.getCount()

  // 4
  describe('count up', async () => {
    it('should count up', async () => {
      await counter.countUp()
      let count = await counter.getCount()

  describe('count down', async () => {
    // 5 - this throw a error with solidity ^0.8.0
    it('should fail', async () => {
      await counter.countDown()

    it('should count down', async () => {
      await counter.countUp()

      await counter.countDown()
      const count = await counter.getCount()

# Examples

Original work done by @RHLSTHRM(opens new window) .

# Troubleshooting

Using the types generated by this plugin can lead to Hardhat failing to run. The reason is that the types are not avialable for loading the config, and that's required to generate the types.

To workaround this issue, you can run TS_NODE_TRANSPILE_ONLY=1 npx hardhat compile.