Solvedts node Type declaration merging doesn't work

I've tried to extend the standard Express Request interface, VSCode is picking up the declaration, but when I run ts-node index.ts I get :

    return new TSError(diagnosticText, diagnosticCodes)
TSError:  Unable to compile TypeScript:
index.ts(6,9): error TS2339: Property 'addedProperty' does not exist on type 'Request'.
index.ts(7,21): error TS2339: Property 'addedProperty' does not exist on type 'Request'.

However running tsc works fine. Also this is only a problem with ts-node@7, if I add TS_NODE_FILES=true it works as expected.

Here is a test repo to reporoduce the error:

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✔️Accepted Answer

Here is a working example for those who still struggling (like I was for past few hours):

@types/express/index.d.ts: (MUST be <module-name>/index.d.ts)

declare namespace Express { // MUST be namespace, and not declare module "Express" { 
  export interface Request {
    Bla: string;


  "compilerOptions": {
    "module": "commonjs",
    "target": "es2016",
    "typeRoots" : [
      "@types", // custom merged types MUST be first in a list

If you are using "paths" in tsconfig.json you also MUST provide library mapping like that:

    "baseUrl": ".",
    "paths": {
      "express": ["@types/*"]

Afterwards I was able to run tsc -p ., ts-node index.ts and ts-node-dev index.ts successfully.

Other Answers:

@vladrmnv @john-kurkowski did anyone of you figured this out and could post a sample of what needs to be changed? I still don't get it. How can I add a prop to the express Request type declaration and have declaration merging working? I only get it to either pick up the default express declarations or my custom declaration but I don't get it to merge them.

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