How To

Combine useState with TypeScript in React.js

First, you need to change the file extension of your components from .jsx to .tsx. Then:

  1. install React.js' types declarations i.e. npm i -D @types/react;
  2. define a shape of your date using TypeScript interfaces; and
  3. parametrize the useState invocation with that interface (or type) - this is known as generics or parametrized types.
interface Widget {
  name: string;
  size: number;

const [widget, setWidget] = useState<Widget>({ name: 'My First Widget', size: 100 });


For JavaScript primitive types (i.e. string, number, bigint, boolean, undefined and symbol), the useState hook can guess the proper type. This ability is possible because of TypeScript's type inference.