Typescript Partial<T>, where have you been my whole life?

Nick Raphael on November 25, 2019

Oh boy, how did I not know about Partial until now? This is something all Typescripters need to know. I'll use the example based on the official ... [Read Full]
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I normally use Partial<T> interface when making class constructors.

class MyClass {
    myProp = 0; // Default values are applied first.
    constructor(cfg: Partial<MyClass> = {}) {
        extend(this, cfg); // Method that shallow-copies properties from cfg to this, overwriting any defaults.

Your extend method just looks like Object.assign :)


Completely forgot that one exists. Symptom of working too much with an old IE11-supported javascript framework. :P

Nice, I didn't know about Partial, nice find, will be useful!

Yup it could be used, but take into account that Object.assign doesn't merge nested objects.

let objA = { b: { name: 'Train' } };
let objB = { b: { description: 'A vehicle that does not like to go uphill :)' } };

let merged = Object.assign(objA, objB);
> { b: { description: "A vehicle that does not like to go uphill :)" } }


I do the same except with Object.assign with partials like so:

export class User {
    id: number;
    name: string;
    profile = new Profile();

    constructor(options?: Partial<User>) {
        Object.assign(this, options);

Works really nicely for creating and updating data.

onChangeUser(event: FormChangeEvent<UserForm>): void {
    this.user = new UpsertUser({
        profile: new Profile({

Rather than having a web of Object.assign everywhere you actually see and work with the shape of your data.


Interesting pattern. I may have to play with it. Thanks!


Yeah Partial<T> is great. Another good one is Readonly<T>. It's a neat way to make things read-only, from a TS perspective even if under the hood (read JS), things are not truly read-only.

Readonly<T> example screenshot

Here's a TypeScript Playground example for those interested.

For reference, here's the full list of built-in Utilitiy Types. Lots of great stuff in there.

Looking forward to your next post!


It's also interesting to use the Omit<> type, which in most cases is actually a better fit because you can actually say which attibutes are not gonna be present.


Shoutout to Fiona Tran for bringing Partial to my attention.


This a much faster way to type Pick<T,any> :) thanks!


Excellent! Just getting into Typescript and little tips like this are immensely helpful.

Thank you 👍


This is great - also the first I'm learning about it!


wow, I didn't know about partial either, thanks for sharing

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