Class Decorators

function log(prefix?: string) {
return (target) => {
// save a reference to the original constructor
var original = target;
// a utility function to generate instances of a class
function construct(constructor, args) {
var c: any = function () {
return constructor.apply(this, args);
c.prototype = constructor.prototype;
return new c();
// the new constructor behavior
var f: any = function (...args) {
console.log(prefix +;
return construct(original, args);
// copy prototype so instanceof operator still works
f.prototype = original.prototype;
// return new constructor (will override original)
return f;
class World {
const w = new World(); // outputs "helloWorld"

In the example log is invoked using @, and passed a string as a parameter, @log() returns an anonymous function that is the actual decorator.

The decorator function takes a class, or constructor function (ES5) as an argument. The decorator function then returns a new class construction function that is used whenever World is instantiated.

This decorator does nothing other than log out its given parameter, and its target's class name to the console.