Generation spec

Generation spec is one of the two ways of selecting C# types to be generates as TypeScript sources (the other one being attributes).

Using a generation spec has a few advantages over attributes:

  • you can generate types from external assemblies
  • configuration is not tied up to a type - you can make different configurations for the same type in different generation specs
  • you can create reusable configurations and combine them together

Using generation specs is typically good for bigger projects or projects with more complex file generation logic.


Generation spec is a class that specifies which types should be generated to TypeScript. All generation specs must derive from TypeGen.Core.SpecGeneration.GenerationSpec. Inside a generation spec, it is possible to select types for generation by invoking AddClass(), AddInterface() or AddEnum() methods in the constructor.

It is possible to express everything that can be written with attributes using generation spec, because each attribute has an equivalent in the generation spec configuration. For example, an equivalent of [TsTypeAttribute(TsType.String)] would e.g. be AddClass<...>().Type(TsType.String).

By default, attributes are completely ignored when generating from a generation spec. You can change that behaviour by setting useAttributesWithGenerationSpec CLI option (or GeneratorOptions.UseAttributesWithGenerationSpec) to true. This will cause TypeGen to also read attribute metadata when generating from a generation spec.

After creating a generation spec, it can be passed either in tgconfig.json (when using CLI) or as an argument of Generator.Generate(GenerationSpec generationSpec) (when using programmatical API).


public class MyProjectGenerationSpec : GenerationSpec
    public MyProjectGenerationSpec()


            .Member(nameof(PersonDto.Id))  // specifying member options
            .Member(x => nameof(x.Age))    // you can specify member name with lambda

            .IgnoreBase();                 // specifying type options

        AddClass(typeof(GenericDto<>));    // specifying types by Type instance

        AddEnum<ProductType>("output/dir") // specifying an enum

        // generate everything from an assembly

        foreach (Type type in GetType().Assembly.GetLoadableTypes())

        // generate types by namespace

        IEnumerable<Type> types = GetType().Assembly.GetLoadableTypes()
            .Where(x => x.FullName.StartsWith("MyProject.Web.Dtos"));
        foreach (Type type in types)