[Solved] The term ‘next' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

[Solved] The term ‘next’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.


Stuck on “next” not being recognized? Here’s how to get your Next.js project running smoothly!

Have you encountered this frustrating error message when trying to start your Next.js project?

'next' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is a common issue, and I’m here to guide you through the solutions that have worked for me and many others.

Here are the steps you can take to fix this:

Fix 1: Adding NextJS to the package.json

In a Next.js project, the package.json file serves as a configuration guide for the various commands and dependencies used within the project. One common feature is the inclusion of predefined script entries for actions like starting the development server or building the application.

If the package.json file does not contain a reference to “next” in its scripts section, it indicates that these Next.js related commands have not been set up within the project. 

Begin by accessing the package.json file within your project directory. This file is typically located at the root level of your project. After opening the package.json file, insert the following lines under “scripts”:

"scripts": {
  "dev": "next dev",
  "build": "next build",
  "start": "next start"

Save and close the file and then start the server by typing this into the terminal:

npm run dev

This will launch your development server. To verify if your application is operational, you can navigate to http://localhost:3000 in your web browser.
Any other command, like npm run build or, npm run start will also start to work

Fix 2: Installing NextJS

If the problem continues, it’s possible that Next.js is not installed properly within your project. Let’s fix it by re-installing NextJS in our project.

Enter the following command to re-install Next.js in your project

npm uninstall next

Then install again

npm install next

Fix 3: Check your PATH environment variable.

  • If you’ve installed Next.js globally, make sure the path to your global npm packages is included in your PATH environment variable.
  • You can usually check and edit this variable in your system settings.

Fix 4: Clear the npm cache.

Sometimes, clearing the npm cache can resolve installation issues.

npm cache clean --force

Once you’ve followed these steps, try running your Next.js commands again. Hopefully, you’ll be up and running in no time!

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