npm install not working


I just started learning node.js and i have installed node.js along with npm module manager. I have created a package.json file and from the root directory iam trying to execute npm install command, instead of creating npm_modules folder it throws error like this:

C:\Users\username\Desktop\nodetest>npm install
npm WARN package.json backbone-library@0.0.1 No file found!
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm http GET
npm ERR! Error: connect ETIMEDOUT
npm ERR!     at errnoException (net.js:863:11)
npm ERR!     at Object.afterConnect [as oncomplete] (net.js:854:19)
npm ERR! If you need help, you may report this log at:
npm ERR!     <>
npm ERR! or email it to:
npm ERR!     <>

npm ERR! System Windows_NT 6.1.7600
npm ERR! command "D:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\\\node.exe" "D:\\Program Files\\no
ejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" "install"
npm ERR! cwd C:\Users\username\Desktop\nodetest
npm ERR! node -v v0.10.0
npm ERR! npm -v 1.2.14
npm ERR! syscall connect
npm ERR! errno ETIMEDOUT
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Additional logging details can be found in:
npm ERR!     C:\Users\username\Desktop\nodetest\npm-debug.log
npm ERR! not ok code 0

Iam using Windows 7 OS.

Any ideas ?

Thanks, Srinivas

Problem courtesy of: Srinivas


This will solve your problem

npm config set proxy proxy-url:port (http:\proxy-name:port)

npm config set https-proxy proxy-url:port

Solution courtesy of: khurrum qureshi


finally i came to know that my company laptop has proxy restrictions.Once i got the approval for proxy removal it worked.

Discussion courtesy of: Srinivas
  1. If you are working behind a proxy, configure it:

npm config set proxy http://login:pass@host:port

  1. Check the value of your proxy configuration:

npm config get http-proxy

  1. Try again to get your package...
Discussion courtesy of: Arthur

You may need to use the windows "run as" command (which is equivalent to the *nix "sudo" command) in order to have the correct privileges on your machine.

This link should be helpful:

Discussion courtesy of: ZenBalance

Adding to the selected answer

a) "npm config set proxy proxy-url:port (http:\proxy-name:port)

b) npm config set https-proxy proxy-url:port"

make sure you add "http:\\" to your proxy name, and packages downloaded from npm use ssl so try the second option for sure.

Discussion courtesy of: Bot

It was a stuck step on my side,

the following syntax worked for me:

npm config set proxy http:/myproxyserver:port

best regards :)

Discussion courtesy of: Ramiro Juarez

But still ppl, who ever facing proxy issue in npm install,can try the following method.

Go to C:\Users\YourUserName
Create a file named .npmrc (no need of any prefixname just .npmrc)
Inside that file type the following

proxy = username:password@ip:port (add http:// before username)

That's all.It is perfectly working for me....

Discussion courtesy of: Gopinath Gunanithi

The traceroute command will usually tell you where a connection fails and would have lead you straight to the corporate proxy in this case.

Discussion courtesy of: Darren White

This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.