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Disallow the declaration of empty interfaces.


Extending "plugin:@typescript-eslint/stylistic" in an ESLint configuration enables this rule.


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.

An empty interface in TypeScript does very little: any non-nullable value is assignable to {}. Using an empty interface is often a sign of programmer error, such as misunderstanding the concept of {} or forgetting to fill in fields.

This rule aims to ensure that only meaningful interfaces are declared in the code.

module.exports = {
"rules": {
"@typescript-eslint/no-empty-interface": "error"

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// an empty interface
interface Foo {}

// an interface with only one supertype (Bar === Foo)
interface Bar extends Foo {}

// an interface with an empty list of supertypes
interface Baz {}
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This rule accepts the following options:

type Options = [
allowSingleExtends?: boolean;

const defaultOptions: Options = [{ allowSingleExtends: false }];


allowSingleExtends: true will silence warnings about extending a single interface without adding additional members

When Not To Use It

If you don't care about having empty/meaningless interfaces, then you will not need this rule.