Strongly typing the react-redux connect with typescript

Hope you don't mind if I remove some antipatterns from the code above. Please check the comments I've added. Also I've added withRouter to illustrate the pattern better

import * as React from "react";
import { bindActionCreators } from "redux";
import { withRouter, RouteComponentProps } from "react-router";
import { connect } from "react-redux";
import { compose } from "recompose";

import { State } from "../redux"; 

import FileExplorer from "../components/file-explorer/file-explorer";

// interfaces starting with 'I' is an antipattern and really
// rarely needed to be in a separate file

// OwnProps - that's what external code knows about out container
type OwnProps = {};

// this comes from redux
type StateProps = {
  fileExplorer: FileDirectoryTree | null;

// resulting props - that what container expects to have
type Props = OwnProps & StateProps & RouteComponentProps<any>;

// no need to have a class, SFC will do the same job
const SideMenu: React.SFC<Props> = props => {
  return (
      {this.props.fileExplorerInfo !== null && (

// compose (from recompose lib) because usually we have more than 1 hoc
// say let's add withRouter just for fun

export default compose<Props, OwnProps>(


  // it's important to read the typings:
  connect<StateProps, {}, {}, State>(s => ({
    fileExplorerInfo: s.fileExplorer


When using generics, you are getting the place of interfaces wrong:

When you declare your React component:

class Comp extends Component<ICompProps, ICompState>

With ICompProps and ICompState are your component's props and internal state respectively.

When you use connect:

connect<IMapStateToProps, IMapDispatchToProps, ICompProps, IReduxState>

IMapStateToProps represents what is returned by your mapStateToProps() function. IMapDispatchToProps represents what is returned by your mapDispatchToProps() function. ICompProps represents your React component props (same as above) IReduxState represents your App's Redux State

So in your particular example:

When declaring your React component:

class SideMenu extends Component<ISideMenu, {}>

Use ISideMenu for the props and {} (empty state) for the state as you don't use any state.

When using connect:

connect<ISideMenu, {}, ISideMenu, ISideMenuState>(mapStateToProps)(SideMenu);

You can use ISideMenu as both your React component props and the object returned by mapStateToProps. But in practice it might be best to create 2 separate interfaces.

In my apps, I usually can't be bothered typing the mapStateToProps return object so I simply use:

connect<{}, {}, ISideMenu, ISideMenuState>(mapStateToProps)(SideMenu);