npm install permission denied (macOS)

Issue

To install a Bootstrap theme I want to run npm install. However I always receive a permission denied error.

I already tried nvm and then switched with nvm use 10.9.0 to run npm install.

I also tried sudo chown -R $(whoami) ~/.npmand sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local/lib/node_modules. Neither solved it and now I am bit out of ideas how I can continue. I use macOS High Sierra.

Marcs-MBP-3:masterclass Marc$ npm install
npm WARN deprecated gulp-uglifyjs@0.6.2: Since gulp-sourcemaps now works, use gulp-uglify instead
npm WARN deprecated babel-preset-es2015@6.24.1: 🙌  Thanks for using Babel: we recommend using babel-preset-env now: please read babeljs.io/env to update! 
npm WARN deprecated browserslist@1.7.7: Browserslist 2 could fail on reading Browserslist >3.0 config used in other tools.
npm WARN checkPermissions Missing write access to /Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules
npm ERR! path /Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules
npm ERR! code EACCES
npm ERR! errno -13
npm ERR! syscall access
npm ERR! Error: EACCES: permission denied, access '/Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules'
npm ERR!  { [Error: EACCES: permission denied, access '/Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules']
npm ERR!   stack:
npm ERR!    'Error: EACCES: permission denied, access \'/Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules\'',
npm ERR!   errno: -13,
npm ERR!   code: 'EACCES',
npm ERR!   syscall: 'access',
npm ERR!   path: '/Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/node_modules' }
npm ERR! 
npm ERR! The operation was rejected by your operating system.
npm ERR! It is likely you do not have the permissions to access this file as the current user
npm ERR! 
npm ERR! If you believe this might be a permissions issue, please double-check the
npm ERR! permissions of the file and its containing directories, or try running
npm ERR! the command again as root/Administrator (though this is not recommended).

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR!     /Users/Marc/.npm/_logs/2018-08-22T12_46_51_786Z-debug.log

Solution

Check permissions of your project root with ls -l /Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev/masterclass/. If the owner is not $USER, delete your node_modules directory, try changing the owner of that directory instead and run npm install again.

cd /Users/Marc/Desktop/Dev
rm -rf ./masterclass/node_mdoules/
chown -R $USER ./masterclass/
cd masterclass    
npm install

Answered By – dcd018

Answer Checked By – Katrina (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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