[SOLVED] How to make web workers with TypeScript and webpack


I’m having some issues with properly compiling my typescript when I attempt to use web workers with Webpack.

I have a worker defined like this:

onmessage = (event:MessageEvent) => {
  var files:FileList = event.data;
    for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {

In another part of my application i’m using the webpack worker loader to load my worker like this: let Worker = require('worker!../../../workers/uploader/main');

I’m however having some issues with making the typescript declarations not yell at me when the application has to be transpiled.
According to my research i have to add another standard lib to my tsconfig file to expose the global variables the worker need access to. These i have specified like so:

     "compilerOptions": {
          "lib": [

Now, when i run webpack to have it build everything i get a bunch of errors like these: C:/Users/hanse/Documents/Frontend/node_modules/typescript/lib/lib.webworker.d.ts:1195:13 Subsequent variable declarations must have the same type. Variable 'navigator' must be of type 'Navigator', but here has type 'WorkerNavigator'.

So my question is: How do I specify so the webworker uses the lib.webworker.d.ts definitions and everything else follows the normal definitions?


In your tsconfig.json file, in compilerOptions set this:

    "compilerOptions": {
        "target": "es5",
        //this config for target "es5"
        "lib": ["webworker", "es5", "scripthost"]
        //uncomment this for target "es6"
        //"lib": ["webworker", "es6", "scripthost"]

Web workers can’t access to DOM, window, document and parent objects (full list supported objects here: Functions and classes available to Web Workers); the dom lib of TypeScript is not compatible and redefine some elements that are define in lib.webworker.d.ts

Answered By – batressc

Answer Checked By – Dawn Plyler (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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