TypeScript for Image Recognition and Classification


Image recognition and classification are crucial components of modern AI applications. In this guide, we'll demonstrate how to create a simple image recognition system using TypeScript and TensorFlow.js. We'll use a pre-trained model to classify images, making it easier for you to get started with image recognition.


Before you begin, ensure you have the following prerequisites:

  • Node.js: You can download it from https://nodejs.org/
  • TypeScript: Install it globally with npm install -g typescript

Getting Started

Let's start by setting up the project and creating a basic image recognition application using TypeScript and TensorFlow.js.

Step 1: Set Up Your Project

Create a new directory for your project and navigate to it in your terminal:

mkdir image-recognition
cd image-recognition

Step 2: Initialize a Node.js Project

Initialize a Node.js project and answer the prompts. You can use the default settings for most prompts:

npm init

Step 3: Install Dependencies

Install the required dependencies, including TensorFlow.js:

npm install tensorflow/tfjs-node tfjs-node

Step 4: Create TypeScript Configuration

Create a TypeScript configuration file (tsconfig.json) in your project directory:

"compilerOptions": {
"target": "ES6",
"outDir": "./dist",
"rootDir": "./src"

Step 5: Create the Image Recognition Code

Create a TypeScript file (recognize.ts) for your image recognition code:

// src/recognize.ts
import * as tf from '@tensorflow/tfjs-node';
import fs from 'fs';
import { promisify } from 'util';
const readFile = promisify(fs.readFile);
const labels = ['Cat', 'Dog'];
let model: tf.LayersModel | undefined;
async function loadModel() {
if (!model) {
model = await tf.loadLayersModel('file://path/to/model.json');
async function recognizeImage(imagePath: string) {
await loadModel();
const imageBuffer = await readFile(imagePath);
const image = tf.node.decodeImage(imageBuffer);
const prediction = model.predict(image) as tf.Tensor;
const values = prediction.arraySync() as number[][];
const result: { [label: string]: number } = {};
for (let i = 0; i < labels.length; i++) {
result[labels[i]] = values[0][i];
return result;
.then((result) => {
console.log('Image Classification Result:');
.catch((error) => {
console.error('Error recognizing the image:', error);

Step 6: Compile and Run Your TypeScript Code

Compile your TypeScript code using the TypeScript compiler:


Step 7: Run the Image Recognition

Run your image recognition script:

node ./dist/recognize.js


Creating an image recognition and classification system using TypeScript and TensorFlow.js is a significant step into the world of AI and machine learning. You can further enhance this system by training your models, adding more labels, and integrating it into web applications for real-world use cases.