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How to fix tsconfig.json "No inputs were found in config file" error

Published Apr 16 2022

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A few students of mine had this problem with an Astro project.

Astro by default includes a tsconfig.json file and this file gave them an error in VS Code.

The error was coming from tsconfig.json and it said

No inputs were found in config file

We weren’t writing any TypeScript, so that was a strange issue.

Here are some possible solutions.

First, try restarting VS Code.

If that doesn’t work, add an empty file.ts file in the same folder where there’s the tsconfig.json file.

Or delete tsconfig.json.

Unless you plan to use TypeScript, in which case you can configure it to point to the TypeScript files in your project by adding include, from:

{
  "compilerOptions": {
    "moduleResolution": "node"
  }
}

to

{
  "compilerOptions": {
    "moduleResolution": "node"
  },
  "include": [
    "./src/**/*.ts"
  ]
}


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