windows 7 x64 - tools - node-gyp build error windows x64

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npm config set msvs_version 2013 --global worked for me as I use VS node tools and you dont need to specify msvs_version each time you do an npm install.

I had an issue whereby npm's config (c:\Users\username\ .npmrc) has an entry msvs_version=2012 which was out of date.

Here's what I've done so far on my x64 OS:

  • Installed Python (v2.7 --specifically 2.7.6) and added it to the system path (C:\Python27)
  • Installed MS VS C++ 2010 Express Version (I already had VS 2012 but without the C++ component)
  • Installed the compiler update for Windows SDK 7.1
  • Successfully executed node-gyp configure (from my add-on directory under nodejs\node_modules where binding.gyp is located)

  • ran node-gyp build (as administrator)** This is what crashed, leaving me with:

this error:

C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\msnodesql>node-gyp build
gyp info it worked if it ends with ok
gyp info using [email protected]
gyp info using [email protected] | win32 | x64
gyp info spawn C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\msbuild.exe
gyp info spawn args [ 'build/binding.sln',
gyp info spawn args   '/clp:Verbosity=minimal',
gyp info spawn args   '/nologo',
gyp info spawn args   '/p:Configuration=Release;Platform=x64' ]
Building the projects in this solution one at a time. To enable parallel build, please add the   "/m" switch.

LINK : fatal error LNK1181: cannot open input file 'kernel32.lib' [C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\msnodesql\build\sqlserver.vcxproj]

gyp ERR! build error
gyp ERR! stack Error: `C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\msbuild.exe` failed with exit code: 1
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.onExit (C:\Users\RNelson\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\node-gyp\lib\build.js:267:23)
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:98:17)
gyp ERR! stack     at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (child_process.js:797:12)
gyp ERR! System Windows_NT 6.1.7601
gyp ERR! command "node" "C:\\Users\\RNelson\\AppData\\Roaming\\npm\\node_modules\\node-      gyp\\bin\\node-gyp.js" "build"
gyp ERR! cwd C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules\msnodesql
gyp ERR! node -v v0.10.25
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v0.12.2
gyp ERR! not ok

Any ideas as to what is going on? Thanks in advance! Just trying to use my node-sqlserver MS driver for Node.js

After spending a while to get this to work (for me accepted answer didn't work, for me it's just half solution) i did following:

  1. Sadly, you must have visual studio (i installed express edition 2013 for DESKTOP)

  2. Installed python 2.7.3 (you don't have to set any environment variables)

  3. Run cmd as administrator and go to you project root (where is you package.json file)

  4. First run: npm config set python C:\Python27\python.exe

  5. Then: npm install -msvs_version=2013

The trick is in command npm config set python ...path_to_python_exe... which will be provided by npm to dependency which needs python i guess. I don't know why setting python as env variable is not enough.

For me (Windows 7 64bit),

I struggled with this issue for half of a day Finally It worked.

On my way :

  1. At control panel, I deleted all Python, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Redistributable, and something about I installed to solve this.

  2. Window Update and restart.

  3. Installed Python27, and Visual Studio 2013 with no setting env-val

  4. npm install node-gyp -g

  5. I got an error same thing, but after npm config set msvs_version 2013 --global , It works.

For me the solution that worked with VS express was to simply install Visual Studio 2013 Express for desktop (which is the only one that gives you a developer command prompt as of 2013 version). Open developer command prompt (elevated) and run NPM install commands. This did not require any special --msvs_version arguments, it just worked.

I had a similar problem. I found that this switch helped me


so for example

npm install --msvs_version=2012 <package>

I had this same error now in 2015 when trying to install Keystone and I ran through all you told me but it didn't work on it's own. At the end, I just had to run the command

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\bin\SetEnv.CMD" /Release /x64

to set up the environment before running the command. (Don't freak out when it turns your window text green, it's working). So yeah I'd do the installations and set up environment variables in the same way everywhere on the internet suggests but make sure to run the above command before running any other command. It probably won't be useful to you, but hopefully it's useful to someone else. If that still doesn't work, MSVS version 2010 worked for me, so install that version and use the flag -msvs_version=2010 when running the npm command.