‘Tanggam’ system is a main method of joining woods which is applied in Malay traditional building. it works by connecting two small components of a building and yet combining it to form the main structure of the building. there are only small numbers of writing that discuss in tanggam available in malaysia and most of the discussion are focusing on methods of producing tanggam, the types and application of tanggam in construction. In order to conserve this great heritage, the area of study need to be widens to others scopes. This is the way to maintain the use of tanggam in future. Generally, the ‘sistem tanggam’ varies in design, functions and strength where the strength of the tanggam is mainly depends on the tanggam connection design. In this study, a typology framework is created based on the previous writing on tanggam system. This typology will try to connect the design, the strength and also the area of application of the tanggam in Malay building.