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Require expressions of type void to appear in statement position.


Some problems reported by this rule are automatically fixable by the --fix ESLint command line option.


Some problems reported by this rule are manually fixable by editor suggestions.


This rule requires type information to run.

void in TypeScript refers to a function return that is meant to be ignored. Attempting to use a void-typed value, such as storing the result of a called function in a variable, is often a sign of a programmer error. void can also be misleading for other developers even if used correctly.

This rule prevents void type expressions from being used in misleading locations such as being assigned to a variable, provided as a function argument, or returned from a function.

module.exports = {
"rules": {
"@typescript-eslint/no-confusing-void-expression": "error"

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// somebody forgot that `alert` doesn't return anything
const response = alert('Are you sure?');
console.log(alert('Are you sure?'));

// it's not obvious whether the chained promise will contain the response (fixable)
promise.then(value => window.postMessage(value));

// it looks like we are returning the result of `console.error` (fixable)
function doSomething() {
if (!somethingToDo) {
return console.error('Nothing to do!');

console.log('Doing a thing...');
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This rule accepts the following options:

type Options = [
ignoreArrowShorthand?: boolean;
ignoreVoidOperator?: boolean;

const defaultOptions: Options = [
{ ignoreArrowShorthand: false, ignoreVoidOperator: false },


It might be undesirable to wrap every arrow function shorthand expression with braces. Especially when using Prettier formatter, which spreads such code across 3 lines instead of 1.

Examples of additional correct code with this option enabled:

promise.then(value => window.postMessage(value));
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It might be preferable to only use some distinct syntax to explicitly mark the confusing but valid usage of void expressions. This option allows void expressions which are explicitly wrapped in the void operator. This can help avoid confusion among other developers as long as they are made aware of this code style.

This option also changes the automatic fixes for common cases to use the void operator. It also enables a suggestion fix to wrap the void expression with void operator for every problem reported.

Examples of additional correct code with this option enabled:

// now it's obvious that we don't expect any response
promise.then(value => void window.postMessage(value));

// now it's explicit that we don't want to return anything
function doSomething() {
if (!somethingToDo) {
return void console.error('Nothing to do!');

console.log('Doing a thing...');

// we are sure that we want to always log `undefined`
console.log(void alert('Hello, world!'));
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When Not To Use It

The return type of a function can be inspected by going to its definition or hovering over it in an IDE. If you don't care about being explicit about the void type in actual code then don't use this rule. Also, if you strongly prefer a concise coding style more strongly than any fear of void-related bugs then you can avoid this rule.

Type checked lint rules are more powerful than traditional lint rules, but also require configuring type checked linting. See Performance Troubleshooting if you experience performance degredations after enabling type checked rules.