Trent Trent - 22 days ago 8
Node.js Question

Node Webkit Unable to install SQLite3 Module

I'm very new to Node.JS and Node WebKit. I am trying to install the SQLite3 package for Node WebKit by following the instructions that the site has given me

I am in my directory with my package.json file

"name": "First",
"description": "First attempt",
"author": "Person",
"main": "index.html",
"window": {
"toolbar": false,
"width": 600,
"height": 400
"license": "ISC"

And I did the first required command

npm install nw-gyp -g

which seems to have worked, then I tried to install the SQLite3 Module

npm install sqlite3 --build-from-source --runtime=node-webkit --target_arch=ia32 --target=$("0.12.3")

I also tried

npm install sqlite3 --runtime=node-webkit --target_arch=x64 --target=0.12.3

But this is failing and the log wasn't terribly helpful

2623 verbose pkgid sqlite3@3.1.1
2624 verbose cwd C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit
2625 error Windows_NT 10.0.10586
2626 error argv "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Program Files\\nodejs\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" "install" "sqlite3" "--build-from-source" "--runtime=node-webkit" "--target_arch=ia32" "--target=$(0.12.3)"
2627 error node v4.2.5
2628 error npm v2.14.12
2629 error code ELIFECYCLE
2630 error sqlite3@3.1.1 install: `node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build`
2630 error Exit status 1
2631 error Failed at the sqlite3@3.1.1 install script 'node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build'.
2631 error This is most likely a problem with the sqlite3 package,
2631 error not with npm itself.
2631 error Tell the author that this fails on your system:
2631 error node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build
2631 error You can get their info via:
2631 error npm owner ls sqlite3
2631 error There is likely additional logging output above.
2632 verbose exit [ 1, true ]
2633 verbose unbuild node_modules\sqlite3
2634 info preuninstall sqlite3@3.1.1
2635 info uninstall sqlite3@3.1.1
2636 verbose unbuild rmStuff sqlite3@3.1.1 from C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit\node_modules
2637 info postuninstall sqlite3@3.1.1
2638 silly gentlyRm C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit\node_modules\sqlite3 is being purged from base C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit
2639 verbose gentlyRm don't care about contents; nuking C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit\node_modules\sqlite3
2640 silly vacuum-fs purging C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit\node_modules\sqlite3
2641 silly vacuum-fs removing C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit\node_modules
2642 silly vacuum-fs finished vacuuming up to C:\PROG\NodeJS\Programs\NodeWebKit

Where do I start attempting to resolve this


This problem may be related to the nw-gyp. I ran

npm install nw-gyp -g

Which seemed ok but if I try to use it then I get an error, if I run

nw-gyp configure --target=0.12.3

I get an error

'nw-gyp' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file


I'm going to Install Visual Studio Express to see if this fixes it. This may take a long time


I ran into similar problems as you did and I could fix it by doing the following.

Install Visual Studio Express 2012 or 2010. Afterwards Install Python and make sure that you set the build path. There is usually a option asking you to set the for you, if you use the installer.

Use the following command to install SQLite

npm install sqlite3 --build-from-source --runtime=node-webkit --target_arch=x64 --target="0.12.3" --save

Don't forget the --save as it will save the installation to your package.json. This is necessary for node-webkit to find it.

UPDATE With echo %PATH% in cmd you can see your path. Adding Python would look like this set PYTHONPATH=%PYTHONPATH%;C:\My_python_lib Depending on where you installed python