Documentation Overview

This website is organized into sections by tabs at the top of each page.

  • Please read the Getting Started page to install prerequisites for developers and for suggestions for background reading.
  • The BIS section explains the Base Infrastructure Schemas. Understanding BIS is essential to making sense of the iTwin.js APIs. Depending on your familiarity with database design, this is often the best starting point for understanding iModels and iTwin.js.
  • The Learning tab (this page) introduces the building blocks of iTwin.js and provides step-by-step instructions for creating applications.
  • The API Reference tab explains the API in more detail with package/class/function level documentation.

Using iTwin.js

The iTwin.js library has a comprehensive set of APIs that can be used anywhere an iModel may be relevant. It is designed to be modular and extensible, with the expectation that iTwin.js will be used in environments with many other JavaScript frameworks. iTwin.js strives to be as consistent as possible with established JavaScript conventions, though sometimes judgement calls are required where no established convention is clear.

With the iTwin.js Software architecture, from the same JavaScript codebase, it is possible to create:

iTwin.js vs. iModelHub

It is important to understand that iTwin.js applications do not run on iModelHub. Instead, they can run anywhere else. iTwin.js applications always work on a copy of an iModel, either a briefcase or checkpoint obtained from iModelHub, or a snapshot iModel created by an iTwin.js application, and process it locally. This makes them infinitely scalable.

iTwin.js applications can be:

  • hosted on any cloud service
  • deployed using any cloud deployment model
  • packaged with any container tool (e.g. Docker)
  • managed with any orchestration system (e.g. Kubernetes)
  • installed on desktops and mobile devices

JavaScript vs. TypeScript

iTwin.js is written in TypeScript. Even though it can be consumed in a JavaScript application, it is highly recommended that iTwin.js application developers use TypeScript too when possible. Throughout the iTwin.js library, the arguments and return values of functions are decorated with their expected types in TypeScript. The TypeScript compiler will verify the types of callers. Runtime checks to enforce correct types are not encouraged inside iTwin.js, given they add overhead and are not necessary for TypeScript callers. Therefore, pure JavaScript consumers of iTwin.js must be careful to not pass incorrect types.

JavaScript Version Requirements

The iTwin.js library requires a JavaScript engine with es2017 support.

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2021