Typescript

How the TypeScript NonNullable Type Works

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The NonNullable is a utility type in TypeScript which creates a new type, whilst removing all null or undefined elements. It lets us take existing types, and modify them so they are more suitable in certain situations. Let’s look at how it works.

Custom Types

This article covers custom types. To learn more about custom types, read my guide about it here.

NonNullable Utility Type

The NonNullable type utility type works a lot like other utility types, in that it can take an existing type, and modify it as you see fit. As an example, let’s say we have a specific union type which accepts null and undefined as potential options:

type myType = string | number | null | undefined

This example works great in one example, but there is another part of our code where we don’t want to accept null or undefined. We could create a new type for that, or we could reuse myType, using NonNullable:

type myType = string | number | null | undefined type noNulls = NonNullable<myType>

In the above example, noNulls is now of type string | number.

Last Updated Thursday, 28 April 2022
Johnny Simpson
Johnny Simpson

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