Ashwin Hegde Ashwin Hegde - 28 days ago 11
Node.js Question

"Fatal error: Unable to find local grunt." when running "grunt" command

I uninstalled grunt with following command.

npm uninstall -g grunt


Then I again installed grunt with following command.

npm install -g grunt-cli


Visit following link:
https://npmjs.org/package/grunt-html

I want to use the above grunt plugin

But when I run the grunt command it gives me following error:

D:\nodeJS\node_modules\grunt-html>grunt
grunt-cli: The grunt command line interface. (v0.1.6)

Fatal error: Unable to find local grunt.

If you're seeing this message, either a Gruntfile wasn't found or grunt
hasn't been installed locally to your project. For more information about
installing and configuring grunt, please see the Getting Started guide:
http://gruntjs.com/getting-started

Answer

All is explained quite nicely on gruntjs.com.

Note that installing grunt-cli does not install the grunt task runner! The job of the grunt CLI is simple: run the version of grunt which has been installed next to a Gruntfile. This allows multiple versions of grunt to be installed on the same machine simultaneously.

So in your project folder, you will need to install (preferably) the latest grunt version:

npm install grunt --save-dev

Option --save-dev will add grunt as a dev-dependency to your package.json. This makes it easy to reinstall dependencies.