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android – react-native: command not found

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I am getting -bash: react-native: command not found error while creating react-native project.

Below are the additional info

1. brew --version
   homebrew 0.9.9
2  brew info watchman
   watchman `enter code here`stable 4.50
3. brew info flow
   stable 0.24.1
4. brew info node
   stable 6.1.0
5. npm -version
6. echo $PATH

I tried suggested steps from the below link but still i am getting same error.

  1. react-native-command-not-found

I don’t have any “npm” directory which they have specified in the solution

Ashoks-MacBook-Pro:share Ashok$ ls
aclocal     doc     info        ruby-build  zsh
autoconf    emacs       man     systemtap

But i found npm file exist in below location.


I uninstalled react-native and installed again but still i am facing same issue.

How to&Answers:

After adding right path to the PATH variable issue is resolved.

Below are the steps to find the right path.

1. Enter: npm install -g react-native-cli
output: /usr/local/Cellar/node/6.1.0/libexec/npm/bin/react-native ->/usr/local/Cellar/node/6.1.0/libexec/npm/lib/node_modules/react-native-cli/index.js/usr/local/Cellar/node/6.1.0/libexec/npm/lib
└── [email protected] 

from above output you can clearly see the path: /usr/local/Cellar/node/6.1.0/libexec/npm/bin/react-native

export PATH="/usr/local/Cellar/node/6.1.0/libexec/npm/bin:$PATH"

react-native init appName

cd appName

react-native run-ios

if you getting xcrun: error: unable to find utility “simctl” at this stage you can reslove using below steps

XCode -> Preferences -> Locations -> Command Line Tools -> Choose Xcode 7.2.1

You can find original solution from xcrun unable to find simctl

Thanks to @fbozo

That’s It!!!


After continually running into this problem, and hitting this answer and not having it work..

Assuming you don’t run npm as root/sudo (which you shouldn’t do!) your npm modules will be installed in whatever you set your default directory to be.

Assuming you have followed those instructions, and your default directory is ~/.npm-global, then you need to add ~/.npm-global/bin to your path.

This is outlined in those instructions, but for me I added this to .bashrc:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.npm-global/bin

Then restart your shell and it will work.


run this code

npm i -g react-native-cli

close your cmd and open it again


If who have error , try it with sudo:

sudo npm install -g react-native-cli


I ran into this issue by being a bit silly. I use nvm to manage my different versions of node, and installed react-native into a version of node that was not my default. Upon opening a new shell, I lost my command. 🙂 Switching back of course fixed things.


If for some strange reasons, the path to react-native is not in the PATH, you should take note where the react-native executable is installed. Generally, the issue with command not found is because they are not in PATH.

For example, I use nodenv and run npm install -g react-native

/Users/khoa/.nodenv/versions/10.10.0/bin/react-native -> /Users/khoa/.nodenv/versions/10.10.0/lib/node_modules/react-native/local-cli/wrong-react-native.js

So I need to add that to my PATH

export PATH=$HOME/.nodenv/versions/10.10.0/bin:$PATH

You can verify with echo $PATH

Or you can use npx to execute local npm modules, for example

npx react-native run-ios --simulator='iPhone X'


Had the same issue but half of your approach didn’t work for me .
i took the path the way you did :from the output of react-native-cli instal but then manually wrote in ect/pathes with:

sudo nano /etc/paths

at the end i’ve added the path from output then ctrl x and y to save .
Only this way worked but big thanks for the clue!


At first run this command on your terminal.

npm i -g react-native-cli

Then create your react-native project by this command.

React-native init Project name

then move to your project directory by cd command.


Install react-native-cli with npm install -g react-native-cli.
You may need to use sudo like sudo npm install -g react-native-cli


In case anyone has this problem, I had a similar problem to qix, but more nuanced.

New shell terminals would default to a different version of node.
I would change my terminal to the node I wanted, but when the bundle script run, it ran in a new shell, and it got the default version which did not have react-native installed.

I used nvm alias default x.x.x so that new shells would inherit the default version I wanted.


This is really weird, on my side (macOS 10.14), i’m pretty sure my node and npm work but i kept getting command not found only for this particular package. I ended up doing the following:

You can now debug view hierarchy and see console logs in react-native-debugger


/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
brew install yarn
brew install node
brew install watchman
brew tap AdoptOpenJDK/openjdk
brew cask install adoptopenjdk8
npm install -g react-native-cli


According to official documentation, the following command worked for me.

  • npx react-native run-android

Link is here

I was trying to run by “react-native run-android” command. make sure to have react-native cli installed globally!


If you’re using yarn, you may have to run commands with yarn in front. Example:

yarn react-native info


try using react-native –help and see what comes up. try curl

react native library recommendation:

If you get an error like Cannot find module ‘npmlog’, try installing npm directly: curl -0 -L https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo sh.