A Symfony Bundle that provides a command to generate TypeScript interfaces from PHP classes

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A Symfony bundle that adds a command to extract TypeScript interface from PHP classes. Based on the example from Martin Vseticka this bundle uses the PHP-Parser library and annotations. This is currently very basic feature wise, but it does work.

TypeScript is a superscript of JavaScript that adds strong typing and other features on top of JS. Automatically generated classes can be useful, for example when using a simple JSON API to communicate to a JavaScript client. This way you can get typing for your API responses in an easy way.

This is currently tightly coupled to the Symfony Framework, but could be extracted. Feel free to build on this or use as inspiration to build something completely different.


As a Symfony bundle you'll need to start by add the package to your project with composer:

$ composer req janit/typescript-generator-bundle

After this you'll need to activate the bundle in your app/AppKernel.php file:

new Janit\TypeScriptGeneratorBundle\TypeScriptGeneratorBundle()

Once this is done you should have the added command in place in your console and you can run:

$ php bin/console typescript:generate-interfaces

This will yield an error because the command expects fromDir as a parameter on where to scan for PHP classes.

NOTE: These instructions are for Symfony Standard Edition (3.3), but the bundle should work with Symfony Flex as well.


The command scans directories recursively for all .php files. It will only generate Type Definitions (interfaces) for files with appropriate annotations.

To generate interfaces, create a new class in src/AppBundle/Entity/Person.php and enter the following:


namespace AppBundle\Entity;

 * @TypeScriptMe
class Person
     * @var string
    public $firstName;

     * @var string
    public $lastName;

     * @var int
    public $age;

Once this is in place you can run the command with the argument src/:

$ php bin/console typescript:generate-interfaces src/

This will generate the following file typescript/Person.d.ts with the following content:

interface Person {
  firstName: string,
  lastName: string,
  age: number
declare var Person: Person;

If you provide another argument (toDir) you can change the target directory to something else.