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Playwright supports TypeScript out of the box. You just write tests in TypeScript, and Playwright will read them, transform to JavaScript and run. Note that Playwright does not check the types and will run tests even if there are non-critical TypeScript compilation errors.

We recommend you run TypeScript compiler alongside Playwright. For example on GitHub actions:

runs-on: ubuntu-latest
- name: Run type checks
run: npx tsc -p tsconfig.json --noEmit
- name: Run Playwright tests
run: npx playwright test

For local development, you can run tsc in watch mode like this:

npx tsc -p tsconfig.json --noEmit -w


Playwright will pick up tsconfig.json for each source file it loads. Note that Playwright only supports the following tsconfig options: paths and baseUrl.

We recommend setting up a separate tsconfig.json in the tests directory so that you can change some preferences specifically for the tests. Here is an example directory structure.


tsconfig.json # test-specific tsconfig

tsconfig.json # generic tsconfig for all typescript sources


tsconfig path mapping

Playwright supports path mapping declared in the tsconfig.json. Make sure that baseUrl is also set.

Here is an example tsconfig.json that works with Playwright Test:

"compilerOptions": {
"baseUrl": ".", // This must be specified if "paths" is.
"paths": {
"@myhelper/*": ["packages/myhelper/*"] // This mapping is relative to "baseUrl".

You can now import using the mapped paths:

import { test, expect } from '@playwright/test';
import { username, password } from '@myhelper/credentials';

test('example', async ({ page }) => {
await page.getByLabel('User Name').fill(username);
await page.getByLabel('Password').fill(password);

Manually compile tests with TypeScript

Sometimes, Playwright Test will not be able to transform your TypeScript code correctly, for example when you are using experimental or very recent features of TypeScript, usually configured in tsconfig.json.

In this case, you can perform your own TypeScript compilation before sending the tests to Playwright.

First add a tsconfig.json file inside the tests directory:

"compilerOptions": {
"target": "ESNext",
"module": "commonjs",
"moduleResolution": "Node",
"sourceMap": true,
"outDir": "../tests-out",

In package.json, add two scripts:

"scripts": {
"pretest": "tsc --incremental -p tests/tsconfig.json",
"test": "playwright test -c tests-out"

The pretest script runs typescript on the tests. test will run the tests that have been generated to the tests-out directory. The -c argument configures the test runner to look for tests inside the tests-out directory.

Then npm run test will build the tests and run them.

Using import inside evaluate()

Using dynamic imports inside a function passed to various evaluate() methods is not supported. This is because Playwright uses Function.prototype.toString() to serialize functions, and transpiler will sometimes replace dynamic imports with require() calls, which are not valid inside the web page.

To work around this issue, use a string template instead of a function:

await page.evaluate(`(async () => {
const { value } = await import('some-module');