[SOLVED] Typescript error with accessing jwt-decode object


I have installed @types/jwt-decode and I’m having trouble getting this to work.

import jwtDecode from 'jwt-decode'

let decodedToken = jwtDecode(token);
console.log(decodedToken) // this works! I can see the full object
console.log(decodedToken.exp) // error Object is of type 'unknown'.ts(2571)


The issue is jwtDecode is unaware of what is inside your token, as it could be anything. Because of this, it uses the type unknown to signify that result of the decoded JWT is, unknown.

To get around this you will need to create an interface describing what you expect to be in your JWT and tell jwtDecode to use it as the return type of the decoded token. You can do so like this:

interface MyToken {
  name: string;
  exp: number;
  // whatever else is in the JWT.

const decodedToken = jwtDecode<MyToken>(token);
console.log(decodedToken.exp); // works!

Answered By – domsim1

Answer Checked By – Robin (BugsFixing Admin)

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