John John - 3 months ago 49
Node.js Question

Error: Could not locate the bindings file. Tried:

I ran into the following error while trying to run my electron app that contains my express app.

Error: Could not locate the bindings file. Tried:


I think the issue has to do with
serialport
module, for without it being required everything works fine.

C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\bindings\bindings.js:91

<br>Error: Could not locate the bindings file. Tried:
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\build\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\build\Debug\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\build\Release\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\out\Debug\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\Debug\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\out\Release\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\Release\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\build\default\serialport.node
<br> → C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\compiled\6.3.1\win32\ia32\serialport.node
<br> at bindings (C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\bindings\bindings.js:88:9)
<br> at Object.<anonymous> (C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\lib\bindings.js:3:35)
<br></anonymous> at Module._compile (module.js:541:32)
<br> at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:550:10)
<br> at Module.load (module.js:458:32)
<br> at tryModuleLoad (module.js:417:12)
<br> at Function.Module._load (module.js:409:3)
<br> at Module.require (module.js:468:17)
<br> at require (internal/module.js:20:19)
<br> at Object.<anonymous> (C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\client\<NAME>\electron-with-express\express-app\node_modules\serialport\lib\serialport.js:15:25)

Answer

You need to rebuild the serialport module as it uses different V8 headers than Electron.

First you will need to set up a node-gyp toolchain (https://github.com/nodejs/node-gyp)

Next, install any version of Visual Studio.

Open a command window and change directory to node_modules/serialport within your project.

Enter this command with the appropriate variables:

node-gyp rebuild --target=<electron_version> --arch=<arch> --dist-url="https://atom.io/download/atom-shell" --msvs_version=<visual_studio_year>

For an example this is the command I use when rebuilding:

node-gyp rebuild --target=1.2.5 --arch=x64 --dist-url="https://atom.io/download/atom-shell" --msvs_version=2013
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