create-react-app: command not found (React) error [Solved]

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Last updated: Mar 8, 2022

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create-react-app: command not found (React) error [Solved] #

Use npx to solve the error "create-react-app: command not found", e.g. npx create-react-app my-app or install the package globally by running npm install -g create-react-app to be able to use the command without the npx prefix.

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The fastest way to solve the error is to use the npx command.

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# 👇️ clear the npx cache npx clear-npx-cache # 👇️ for normal React.js project npx create-react-app my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project npx create-react-app my-app --template typescript

If the error is not resolved, you can force the command to use the latest version of create-react-app.

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# 👇️ for normal React.js project npx create-react-app@latest my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project npx create-react-app@latest my-app --template typescript

The commands above use the latest version of create-react-app to start a new project.

Alternatively, you can install create-react-app globally by running the following command.

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# 👇️ install create-react-app globally npm install -g create-react-app@latest # 👇️ for normal React.js project create-react-app my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project create-react-app my-app --template typescript

Now you are able to use the create-react-app command without having to prefix it with npx.

If the global installation of create-react-app fails, you might have to run the command prefixed with sudo.
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# 👇️ if you got permissions error sudo npm install -g create-react-app@latest # 👇️ for normal React.js project create-react-app my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project create-react-app my-app --template typescript

If you are able to run the create-react-app --version command and get the version number of the package, then the installation has succeeded.

If the "create-react-app: command not found" error is not resolved, try restarting your terminal.

If that doesn't help, run the following command:

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npm config get prefix

The command will show you the path where npm puts your globally installed packages. The global packages will be in the bin directory at the specified path.

Look at the PATH environment variable on your operating system and add the path that the npm config get prefix command outputs if it's not already there.

If you add the output from the command to your PATH environment variable, you have to restart any open command prompts before it takes effect.

If that didn't work, try to add the path to the bin folder (from npm config get prefix) to your PATH environment variable and restart your terminal.

For example, on macOS, you can update your path with the following command:

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# make sure path matches with npm config get prefix export PATH=/usr/local/share/npm/bin:$PATH

And on Windows, the output of the npm config get prefix command will look something like: C:\Users\Your_User_Name\AppData\Roaming\npm.

Edit the environment variable on your machine and add the specified path (replacing the placeholder with your username).

If you are on Linux, you can add the output from the npm config get prefix command to your .bashrc file.

~/.bashrc
# 👇️ make sure to update the path with the output # from the command export PATH="/usr/local/share/npm/bin:$PATH"
If you add the output from the command to your PATH environment variable, you have to restart any open command prompts before it takes effect.

If that doesn't help try to reinstall Node.js on your machine and then install create-react-app globally by running npm install -g create-react-app@latest.

During the installation, you might get a prompt for whether you want to automatically update the PATH environment variable on your system, make sure to tick the option.
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# 👇️ install create-react-app globally npm install -g create-react-app@latest # 👇️ for normal React.js project create-react-app my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project create-react-app my-app --template typescript
If the global installation of create-react-app fails, you might have to run the command prefixed with sudo.
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# 👇️ install create-react-app globally sudo npm install -g create-react-app@latest # 👇️ for normal React.js project create-react-app my-app # 👇️ for TypeScript React.js project create-react-app my-app --template typescript

Alternatively, you can see how you can fix the permissions error on this page in the official npm docs.

Conclusion #

Use npx to solve the error "create-react-app: command not found", e.g. npx create-react-app my-app or install the package globally by running npm install -g create-react-app to be able to use the command without the npx prefix.

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