Module not found: Can't resolve bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css

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Borislav Hadzhiev

Thu Mar 31 20222 min read

Module not found: Can't resolve bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css #

To solve the error "Module not found: Error: Can't resolve 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css'", make sure to install the bootstrap package by opening your terminal in your project's root directory and running the command npm install bootstrap and restart your dev server.

module not found cant resolve bootstrap

Open your terminal in your project's root directory (where your package.json file is located) and run the following commands:

shell
# 👇️ with NPM npm install bootstrap # 👇️ ONLY If you use TypeScript npm install --save-dev @types/bootstrap # ---------------------------------------------- # 👇️ with YARN yarn add bootstrap # 👇️ ONLY If you use TypeScript yarn add @types/bootstrap --dev

The command will add the bootstrap package to the dependencies of your project.

Make sure to restart your development server and your IDE if necessary. Your dev server won't pick up the changes until you stop it and re-run the npm start command.

You should now be able to import and use the bootstrap package in your React.js app.

App.js
import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css'; function App() { return ( <div> <p className="bg-success text-white"> Hello world </p> </div> ); } export default App;

If the error is not resolved, try to delete your node_modules and package-lock.json (not package.json) files, re-run npm install and restart your IDE.

shell
# 👇️ delete node_modules and package-lock.json rm -rf node_modules rm -f package-lock.json # 👇️ clean npm cache npm cache clean --force npm install
Make sure to restart your IDE and dev server if the error still persists. VSCode often glitches and a reboot solves things sometimes.

If you're still getting the "Module not found: Error: Can't resolve 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css'" error, open your package.json file and make sure it contains the bootstrap package in the dependencies object.

package.json
{ // ... rest "dependencies": { "bootstrap": "^5.1.3", }, "devDependencies": { "@types/bootstrap": "^5.1.9", } }

The bootstrap module should NOT be globally installed or be in your project's devDependencies, it should be in the dependencies object in your package.json file.

You can try to manually add the lines and re-run npm install.

shell
npm install

Or install the latest version of the package:

shell
npm install bootstrap@latest # 👇️ only if you use TypeScript npm install --save-dev @types/bootstrap@latest
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