How to run npm in laravel app on app platform

Posted January 11, 2021 1.7k views
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I’ve got a laravel app running OK (in that the PHP returns the correct landing page and it connects to the DB).

However, when I log into the app platform console to run “npm run prod” in the views directory, I get:

npm: command not found

Can anyone help please?

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Hi @andrewpnlp

Node and NPM will be installed only if you have the files package.json and package-lock.json in your repo.

If your app doesn’t have any Node.js dependencies, you can run npm init and then npm install to generate empty but valid package.json and package-lock.json files.

Ah Ok,I’ll create a top-level package.json and package-lock.json, although they’ll remain basically empty. Thanks - appreciate the quick and helpful response!