I recently encountered issues with
node-gyp on my Windows machine, which prevented me from doing any productive typescript/node development. It gave out the following error message:
node-gyp Error: Cannot find module C:\Users\Asus\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\npm\node_modules\node_modules\node-gyp\bin\node-gyp.js at Function.Module._resolveFilename (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:581:15) at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:507:25) at Function.Module.runMain (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:742:12) at startup (internal/bootstrap/node.js:282:19) at bootstrapNodeJSCore (internal/bootstrap/node.js:743:3)
node-gyp is a low level module dependency used by
npm used for compiling native addon modules for Node.js. Generally, most node developers don’t really encounter it, until this issue pops up.
One of my symptoms for this issue was not being able to run
npm install , resulting to the above error.
My understanding of the problem is that somewhere in my configuration of
npm in my machine, it failed to locate the
node-gyp code. Reviewing internet forums and such, it recommended me certain solutions that required me to install some dependency X using
npm install X , but my problem altogether was that
npm install wasn’t working.
After some trial and error, i was able to fix this issue on my Windows machine following this train of thought:
- I need to have all the files necessary to run
npmso I downloaded the latest Node installer for Windows.
- I ran the installer.
- At this point, I tried to see if
npmworked correctly. It didn’t. The
node-gypissue is still not resolved.
- I tried to figure out which
npmcommand is running on my machine. I did this by typing
npm -l. This describes the location of the
- Go to that directory. Mine was
- In that directory, I deleted the whole
npmsubfolder (Note that this was
- Now that I have missing files, I need to get the complete set of files that I am missing. Run the installer in step 1, to repair missing files and registry settings.
- Once finished, I ran
npm install -g npm.
At this point, I’ve fixed my
npm install issues. I shared my findings as well in this GitHub issue.