http-server: command not found error [Solved]

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Last updated: Mar 17, 2022

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http-server: command not found error [Solved] #

Use npx to solve the error "http-server: command not found", e.g. npx http-server . or install the package globally by running npm install -g http-server 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.

shell
npx http-server . npx http-server --version

Alternatively, you can install http-server globally or as a development dependency.

shell
# 👇️ installs http-server globally (can run from any directory) npm install -g http-server # 👇️ installs http-server locally to the project (must be run from root directory) npm install --save-dev http-server

The benefit of installing http-server as a development dependency is that you can control the version of the package in your package.json file.

You can also create a script that starts your server in the scripts object of your package.json file.

package.json
{ "scripts": { "start": "http-server ." } }

Now you would run the command as npm start and not use http-server directly.

If the global installation of http-server fails, you might have to run the command prefixed with sudo.
shell
# 👇️ if you get permissions error sudo npm install -g http-server http-server --version

You can link your project to the globally installed http-server package, by opening your terminal in your project's root directory (where your package.json file is) and running the npm link http-server command.

shell
npm link http-server

The npm link command creates a symbolic link from the globally installed package to the node_modules/ directory of the current folder.

If the "http-server: command not found" error is not resolved, try restarting your terminal.

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

shell
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:

shell
# 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 http-server globally by running npm install -g http-server@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.
shell
# 👇️ installs http-server globally (can run from any directory) npm install -g http-server # 👇️ installs http-server locally to the project (must be run from root directory) npm install --save-dev http-server
If the global installation of http-server fails, you might have to run the command prefixed with sudo.
shell
# 👇️ if you get permissions error sudo npm install -g http-server http-server --version

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 "http-server: command not found", e.g. npx http-server . or install the package globally by running npm install -g http-server to be able to use the command without the npx prefix.

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