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to fix this issue simply upgrade react-scripts package (check latest version with npm info react-scripts version):

  1. replace in your package.json "react-scripts": "^3.x.x" with "react-scripts": "^3.4.1" (or the latest available version)
  2. (optional for some) delete your node_modules folder
  3. run npm install or yarn install

some people reported that this issue was caused by running npm audit fix (avoid it!).


follow the below steps. i also encountered the same problem.

  1. remove the whole node_modules folder.
  2. remove the package-lock.json file.
  3. run command npm install npm-install as shown in the image:

    showing the command to install npm

  4. here we go.. npm start...wao


just need to remove and re-install react-scripts

to remove yarn remove react-scripts to add yarn add react-scripts

and then rm -rf node_modules/ yarn.lock && yarn

  • remember don't update the react-scripts version maually


i had the same issue running it in my pipeline.

for me, the issue was that i was using node version v10.0.0 in my docker container.

updating it to v14.7.0 solved it for me


none of the other solutions worked for me.

however, adding this to my package.json fixed the issue for me:

"resolutions": {
  "react-dev-utils": "10.0.0"


setting the home environment variable to an appropriate value fix this issue for me.


i fixed this issue by setting a newer version of node as default in nvm i.e.:

nvm alias default 12.xx.x


i was having the exact same issue for a gatsby blog. the dependencies couldn't be upgraded and could only run on npm version 10.22.1.

what works for me is the following:

rm -rf .cache
rm -rf public
gatsby build
gatsby serve

basically the completely rebuild everything, and this error is gone. very annoying but at least it builds.

what's ever more weird is that, if i tweaked the image of the blog post, e.g., resizing it a bit, it builds. i have absolutely no idea why. but that least that's a clue.


if you have an ejected cra, there are a few changes to the webpack-dev-server config that if left unchanged will throw this error. comparing a freshly ejected cra 4.x config to my cra 3.x config showed a number of changes to functions that didn't previously accept arguments that now do.

in my case, one of the breaking changes was the addition of a path to their noopserviceworkermiddleware function. adding in the missing path noopserviceworkermiddleware(paths.publicurl) fixed this for me.


if you are finding it difficult to show up an image in you react.js file, i tried searching on youtube. it suggests adding image inside 'public' folder(rather than 'src' folder).

although still looking for reasons why adding images inside 'src' folder didnt worked out.



switching from powershell to bash fixed this problem for me.


this has nothing to do with react, as the error specified, undefined is not accepted as the path argument. make sure you don't pass a variable to path.join that happens to be undefined or null. for example:

const {path} = require('path'); 
let arg = undefined;
let mypath = path.join(__dirname, arg);

// the same error would occur. 


if you have an ejected create-react-app, i would suggest:

  1. create a new react app through create-react-app.
  2. eject it through npm run eject or yarn eject.
  3. install all the packages that are missing from the package.json.
  4. copy your src folder assuming all your code is situated in this folder.
  5. redo your changes on the config and script folders, if needed.

worked for me.


i tried various approach described above but none of them worked since i have ejected my css. finally applying following steps helped:

  1. upgradereact-scripts from "react-scripts": "3.x.x" to "react-scripts": "^3.4.0"
  2. downgrading react-dev-utils form "react-dev-utils": "^10.x.x" to "react-dev-utils": "10.0.0"
  3. delete node-modules folder and package-lock.json/yarn.lock
  4. reinstall packages npm install/yarn install


in my case, it was because i (at one point) had reactn installed, which also includes its own version of react (for some reason).

after that had been installed (even after uninstalling again), this error occured.

i simply removed node_modules and ran npm install again, and it worked.


i didn't want to upgrade react-scripts, so i used the 3rd party reinstall npm module to reinstall it, and it worked.

npm i -g npm-reinstall
reinstall react-scripts


simply upgrading react-scripts version solved my issue. react-scripts package from "react-scripts": "3.x.x" to "react-scripts": "^3.4.1" (or the latest available version). avoid deleting package-lock.json straightaway. first try this, if it doesn't work then proceed further.


if you ejected and are curious, this change on the cra repo is what is causing the error.

to fix it, you need to apply their changes; namely, the last set of files:

  • packages/react-scripts/config/paths.js
  • packages/react-scripts/config/webpack.config.js
  • packages/react-scripts/config/webpackdevserver.config.js
  • packages/react-scripts/package.json
  • packages/react-scripts/scripts/build.js
  • packages/react-scripts/scripts/start.js

personally, i think you should manually apply the changes because, unless you have been keeping up-to-date with all the changes, you could introduce another bug to your webpack bundle (because of a dependency mismatch or something).

or, you could do what geo angelopoulos suggested. it might take a while but at least your project would be in sync with the cra repo (and get all their latest enhancements!).


  1. go to you package.json

  2. change "react-scripts": "3.x.x" to "react-scripts": "^3.4.0" in the dependencies

  3. reinstall react-scripts: npm i react-scripts

  4. start your project: npm start


i had this same issue and running npm install react-scripts@latest fixed my issue.


simply update react-scripts to the latest version.

yarn add react-scripts@latest

or if using npm

npm install react-scripts@latest


i just had this issue after installing and removing some npm packages and spent almost 5 hours to figure out what was going on.

what i did is basically copied my src/components in a different directory, then removed all the node modules and package-lock.json (if you are running your app in the docker container, remove images and rebuild it just to be safe); then reset it to my last commit and then put back my src/components then ran npm i.

i hope it helps.


we ejected from react-scripts and so could not simply upgrade the package.json entry to fix this.

instead, we did this:

  1. in a new directory, create a new project -> $> npx create-react-app foo-project
  2. and then eject it -> cd ./foo-project && npm run eject
  3. now copy the files from /foo-project/config into the config directory of our main app and fire up your dev server

hope this helps others in a similar bind.


running npm i react-dev-utils@10.0.0 solved my issue.


i've also faced this problem and figure out it by upgrading the react-scripts package from "react-scripts": "3.x.x" to "react-scripts": "^3.4.1" (or the latest available version).

  1. delete node_modules\ folder
  2. delete package-lock.json file
  3. rewrite the package.json file from "react-scripts": "3.x.x" to "react-scripts": "^3.4.1"
  4. install node packages again npm i
  5. now, start the project npm start

and it works!!


if you have ejected, this is the proper way to fix this issue:

find this file config/webpackdevserver.config.js and then inside this file find the following line:


you should change it to:


for me(and probably most of you) the service worker is served at the root of the project. in case it's different for you, you can pass your base path instead.

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