Error: PostCSS plugin autoprefixer requires PostCSS 8. Update PostCSS or downgrade this plugin


I am getting this error whenever I run npm start.
I tried a couple of fixes but none of them work for me. I tried to change the version of autoprefixer to 9.8.6 but it didn’t work.
Please help me with this issue

This is my package.json

  "name": "reactgallery",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "private": true,
  "dependencies": {
    "@testing-library/jest-dom": "^4.2.4",
    "@testing-library/react": "^9.5.0",
    "@testing-library/user-event": "^7.2.1",
    "react": "^16.13.1",
    "react-dom": "^16.13.1",
    "react-scripts": "3.4.3"
  "scripts": {
    "start": "npm run watch:css && react-scripts start",
    "build": "npm run build:css && react-scripts build",
    "test": "react-scripts test",
    "eject": "react-scripts eject",
    "build:css": "postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css",
    "watch:css": "postcss src/assets/tailwind.css -o src/assets/main.css"
  "eslintConfig": {
    "extends": "react-app"
  "browserslist": {
    "production": [
      "not dead",
      "not op_mini all"
    "development": [
      "last 1 chrome version",
      "last 1 firefox version",
      "last 1 safari version"
  "devDependencies": {
    "autoprefixer": "^9.8.6",
    "postcss-cli": "^7.1.2",
    "tailwindcss": "^1.8.10"


Quick fix

Downgrade your autoprefixer to version 9, use

"autoprefixer": "^9.0.0"

in your dev dependencies.

More details

PostCSS was updated to version 8, however, PostCSS CLI has not yet been updated to handle PostCSS plugins which use the new PostCSS 8+ API. Autoprefixer uses the new PostCSS 8 API since version 10.

This is documented under known issues in the PostCSS GitHub page.

Once PostCSS CLI is updated to handle plugins that use the new PostCSS 8+ API, this will likely not be an issue. But until then, you may need to downgrade some PostCSS plugins to avoid errors.

Answered By – chyke007

Answer Checked By – Gilberto Lyons (AngularFixing Admin)

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