John John - 1 year ago 104
Javascript Question

Build not found error when trying to create an installer for my electron app

I am trying to create a window installer for my electron app (so that it can be run on any windows computer as a standalone app) using electron-builder

When typing

npm run dist
on my computer, i run into the following error.

sh: 1: build: not found

npm ERR! Linux 3.4.0+
npm ERR! argv "/usr/local/bin/node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "run" "dist"
npm ERR! node v6.2.2
npm ERR! npm v3.9.5
npm ERR! file sh
npm ERR! errno ENOENT
npm ERR! syscall spawn
npm ERR! <NAME>@0.0.0 dist: `build`
npm ERR! spawn ENOENT
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the <NAME>@0.0.0 dist script 'build'.
npm ERR! Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
npm ERR! If you do, this is most likely a problem with the <NAME>,
npm ERR! not with npm itself.
npm ERR! Tell the author that this fails on your system:
npm ERR! build

Below is how my package.json file looks

"name": "<NAME>",
"version": "0.0.0",
"description": "[...]",
"main": "index.js",
"build": {
"appId": "test.321",
"app-category-type": "",
"win": {
"iconUrl": ""
"scripts": {
"start": "electron main.js",
"postinstall": "install-app-deps",
"pack": "build --dir",
"dist": "build"
"author": "<NAME> <>",
"license": "ISC",
"devDependencies": {
"electron": "^1.3.3",
"electron-installer-squirrel-windows": "^1.3.0",
"electron-packager": "^7.5.1"

I am using windows 10, and executing the command via bash

Answer Source

electron-builder is not installed. You don't need electron-installer-squirrel-windows and electron-packager, — remove it and npm install electron-builder --save-dev

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