New React app failed to compile immediatly following install


I have been using React Native for a while but figured I would try out React on the web. So I followed this guide: but after using npx create-react-app react-try , navigating to the new folder, and typing yarn start I get this error message:

Failed to compile.

./src/index.js 1:60
Module parse failed: Unexpected token (1:60)
File was processed with these loaders:
 * ./node_modules/@pmmmwh/react-refresh-webpack-plugin/loader/index.js
 * ./node_modules/react-scripts/node_modules/babel-loader/lib/index.js
You may need an additional loader to handle the result of these loaders.
> $RefreshRuntime$ = require('C:/Users/e096752/Documents/Cole's Git Repos/react-try/node_modules/react-refresh/runtime.js');
| $RefreshSetup$(;

This is everything that was included with the create method:


  "name": "react-try",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "private": true,
  "dependencies": {
    "@testing-library/jest-dom": "^5.11.4",
    "@testing-library/react": "^11.1.0",
    "@testing-library/user-event": "^12.1.10",
    "react": "^17.0.1",
    "react-dom": "^17.0.1",
    "react-scripts": "4.0.2",
    "web-vitals": "^1.0.1"
  "scripts": {
    "start": "react-scripts start",
    "build": "react-scripts build",
    "test": "react-scripts test",
    "eject": "react-scripts eject"
  "eslintConfig": {
    "extends": [
  "browserslist": {
    "production": [
      "not dead",
      "not op_mini all"
    "development": [
      "last 1 chrome version",
      "last 1 firefox version",
      "last 1 safari version"

If there is any other info you need please let me know. What in the world do I need to do?


There appears to be a problem with
react-scripts 4.0.2.
A workaround is to change version manually to 4.0.1 on package.json then run yarn install.
That will do!

Answered By – fabiangamboa95

Answer Checked By – Pedro (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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