[Fixed] Start script missing error when running npm start


I’m receiving this error when trying to debug my node application using the npm start command.


npm ERR! Windows_NT 6.3.9600
npm ERR! argv "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" "start"
npm ERR! node v0.12.7
npm ERR! npm  v2.11.3

npm ERR! missing script: start
npm ERR!
npm ERR! If you need help, you may report this error at:
npm ERR!     <https://github.com/npm/npm/issues>npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
npm ERR!     C:\Users\andrmoll.NORTHAMERICA\Documents\GitHub\SVIChallenge\npm-debug.log

From the debug file:

Error: missing script: start
       at run (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\lib\run-script.js:142:19)
       at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\lib\run-script.js:58:5
       at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\read-package-json\read-json.js:345:5
       at checkBinReferences_ (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\read-package-json\read-json.js:309:45)
       at final (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\read-package-json\read-json.js:343:3)
       at then (C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\read-package-json\read-json.js:113:5)
       at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\read-package-json\read-json.js:300:12
       at evalmachine.<anonymous>:334:14
       at C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\npm\node_modules\graceful-fs\graceful-fs.js:102:5
       at FSReqWrap.oncomplete (evalmachine.<anonymous>:95:15)


It looks like you might not have defined a start script in your package.json file or your project does not contain a server.js file.

If there is a server.js file in the root of your package, then npm will default the start command to node server.js.


You could either change the name of your application script to server.js or add the following to your package.json

"scripts": {
    "start": "node your-script.js"

Or … you could just run node your-script.js directly

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