by Sai gowtham

How to fix the missing write access error in npm

Learn, how to fix the missing write access to /.npm-global/lib/node_modules error in npm.

If you install an npm package globally using the npm install -g <package-name> command, you will see an error like this.

npm WARN checkPermissions Missing write access to /Users/saigowtham/.npm-global/lib/node_modules
npm ERR! code EACCES
npm ERR! syscall access
npm ERR! path /Users/saigowtham/.npm-global/lib/node_modules
npm ERR! errno -13
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Your cache folder contains root-owned files, due to a bug in
npm ERR! previous versions of npm which has since been addressed.
npm ERR!

To solve this error permanently, we need to run the following command.

sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local/lib/node_modules
  • sudo means run this command as a superuser.
  • chown means change the ownership of a file or folders
  • -R option is used to recursively get the owner access to all files.
  • $USER gets the username.

The final thing is folder path /usr/local/lib/node_modules.

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