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Disallow the use of eval()-like methods (no-implied-eval)

It's considered a good practice to avoid using eval(). There are security and performance implications involved with doing so, which is why many linters recommend disallowing eval(). However, there are some other ways to pass a string and have it interpreted as JavaScript code that have similar concerns.

The first is using setTimeout(), setInterval(), setImmediate or execScript() (Internet Explorer only), all of which can accept a string of code as their first argument

setTimeout('alert(`Hi!`);', 100);

or using new Function()

const fn = new Function('a', 'b', 'return a + b');

This is considered an implied eval() because a string of code is passed in to be interpreted. The same can be done with setInterval(), setImmediate() and execScript(). All interpret the JavaScript code in the global scope.

The best practice is to avoid using new Function() or execScript() and always use a function for the first argument of setTimeout(), setInterval() and setImmediate().

Rule Details

This rule aims to eliminate implied eval() through the use of new Function(), setTimeout(), setInterval(), setImmediate() or execScript().

Examples of code for this rule:

/* eslint @typescript-eslint/no-implied-eval: "error" */

setTimeout('alert(`Hi!`);', 100);

setInterval('alert(`Hi!`);', 100);



window.setTimeout('count = 5', 10);

window.setInterval('foo = bar', 10);

const fn = '() = {}';
setTimeout(fn, 100);

const fn = () => {
return 'x = 10';
setTimeout(fn(), 100);

const fn = new Function('a', 'b', 'return a + b');

How to Use

// note you must disable the base rule as it can report incorrect errors
"no-implied-eval": "off",
"@typescript-eslint/no-implied-eval": ["error"]

When Not To Use It

If you want to allow new Function() or setTimeout(), setInterval(), setImmediate() and execScript() with string arguments, then you can safely disable this rule.

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