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Enforces consistent usage of type assertions (consistent-type-assertions)

Rule Details

This rule aims to standardize the use of type assertion style across the codebase.

Type assertions are also commonly referred as "type casting" in TypeScript (even though it is technically slightly different to what is understood by type casting in other languages), so you can think of type assertions and type casting referring to the same thing. It is essentially you saying to the TypeScript compiler, "in this case, I know better than you!".

In addition to ensuring that type assertions are written in a consistent way, this rule also helps make your codebase more type-safe.

const assertions, introduced in TypeScript 3.4, is always allowed by this rule. Examples of it include let x = "hello" as const; and let x = <const>"hello";.


type Options =
| {
assertionStyle: 'as' | 'angle-bracket';
objectLiteralTypeAssertions: 'allow' | 'allow-as-parameter' | 'never';
| {
assertionStyle: 'never';

const defaultOptions: Options = {
assertionStyle: 'as',
objectLiteralTypeAssertions: 'allow',


This option defines the expected assertion style. Valid values for assertionStyle are:

  • as will enforce that you always use ... as foo.
  • angle-bracket will enforce that you always use <foo>...
  • never will enforce that you do not do any type assertions.

Most codebases will want to enforce not using angle-bracket style because it conflicts with JSX syntax, and is confusing when paired with generic syntax.

Some codebases like to go for an extra level of type safety, and ban assertions altogether via the never option.


Always prefer const x: T = { ... }; to const x = { ... } as T; (or similar with angle brackets). The type assertion in the latter case is either unnecessary or will probably hide an error.

The compiler will warn for excess properties with this syntax, but not missing required fields. For example: const x: { foo: number } = {}; will fail to compile, but const x = {} as { foo: number } will succeed.

The const assertion const x = { foo: 1 } as const, introduced in TypeScript 3.4, is considered beneficial and is ignored by this option.

Assertions to any are also ignored by this option.

Examples of code for { assertionStyle: 'as', objectLiteralTypeAssertions: 'never' }

const x = { ... } as T;

function foo() {
return { ... } as T;

Examples of code for { assertionStyle: 'as', objectLiteralTypeAssertions: 'allow-as-parameter' }

const x = { ... } as T;

function foo() {
return { ... } as T;

When Not To Use It

If you do not want to enforce consistent type assertions.


  • โœ… Recommended
  • ๐Ÿ”ง Fixable
  • ๐Ÿ’ญ Requires type information