Laravel 5.4 ‘cross-env’ Is Not Recognized as an Internal or External Command


I'm trying to run npm run dev for Laravel Mix and I get this error:

> @ dev D:\projects\ptcs
> cross-env NODE_ENV=development webpack --progress --hide-modules --

'cross-env' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! @ dev: `cross-env NODE_ENV=development webpack --progress --hide-
modules --config=node_modules/laravel-mix/setup/webpack.config.js`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the @ dev script.

I updated node.js to 6.11.0 and npm to 5.2.0, but it didn't help. I'm running Homestead on Windows 7.

This question is tagged with node.js laravel npm laravel-mix

~ Asked on 2017-07-11 12:25:05

The Best Answer is


You need to make cross-env working globally instead of having it in the project.

1) remove node_modules folder

2) run

npm install --global cross-env

3) remove "cross-env": "^5.0.1", from package.json file devDependencies section. Actually, you can skip this step and keep package.json intact. If you prefer.

4) run

npm install --no-bin-links

5) run

npm run dev

and see it working

P.S Tested on Windows 10 with Laravel-5.4

P.P.S Windows 10 with Laravel-5.6 does not have this problem, thus updating is an alternative solution.

~ Answered on 2017-08-11 07:28:18


First run:

rm -rf node_modules
rm package-lock.json yarn.lock
npm cache clear --force

Then run the command

npm install cross-env

npm install 

and then you can also run

npm run dev

~ Answered on 2018-04-07 14:45:04

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