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Recently, when attempting to install the gulp package using the npm CLI (“Node package manager”, “Command line interface”) in the Terminal app, I saw an error message saying that node-gyp rebuild is failed because no Xcode or CLT version detected. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to solve this problem.

How to fix: node-gyp rebuild fail; No Xcode or CLT version detected!

What causes this error

In my case, the below error appeared when attempting to install the gulp package using the npm CLI (“Node package manager”, “Command line interface”) in the Terminal app.

$ npm install -g gulp
/usr/local/bin/gulp -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/gulp/bin/gulp.js

> fsevents@1.2.11 install /usr/local/lib/node_modules/gulp/node_modules/fsevents
> node-gyp rebuild

No receipt for 'com.apple.pkg.CLTools_Executables' found at '/'.

No receipt for 'com.apple.pkg.DeveloperToolsCLILeo' found at '/'.

No receipt for 'com.apple.pkg.DeveloperToolsCLI' found at '/'.

gyp: No Xcode or CLT version detected!
gyp ERR! configure error
gyp ERR! stack Error: \`gyp\` failed with exit code: 1
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.onCpExit (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/node-gyp/lib/configure.js:351:16)
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:321:20)
gyp ERR! stack     at Process.ChildProcess.\_handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:275:12)
gyp ERR! System Darwin 19.3.0
gyp ERR! command "/usr/local/Cellar/node/13.8.0/bin/node" "/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/node-gyp/bin/node-gyp.js" "rebuild"
gyp ERR! cwd /usr/local/lib/node_modules/gulp/node_modules/fsevents
gyp ERR! node -v v13.8.0
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v5.0.7
gyp ERR! not ok
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@1.2.11 (node_modules/gulp/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@1.2.11 install: \`node-gyp rebuild\`
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Exit status 1

+ gulp@4.0.2
added 316 packages from 217 contributors in 65.799s

The error message above is self explanatory. It saying that the node-gyp rebuild is failed, and this is because No Xcode or CLT version detected.

  • Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) for macOS containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for macOS, iPadOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
  • The CLT stands for “Command Line Tools for Xcode”. This package enables UNIX-style development via Terminal by installing command line developer tools, as well as macOS SDK frameworks and headers. Many useful tools are included, such as the Apple LLVM compiler, linker, and Make. If you use Xcode, these tools are also embedded within the Xcode IDE.

This is strange because I am sure that the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” is installed on my Mac; I already used these tools, and before everything was fine. In my case, this error appeared after upgrading macOS to version 10.15 called “Catalina”. Therefore I thought that maybe there is some kind of problem with paths in my “Command Line Tools for Xcode” installation after upgrading macOS to Catalina, and I just need to reinstall the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” on my Mac to solve the problem.

Now we know what caused this error.

How to solve it

Once we know what is causing the node-gyp rebuild to fail, we can use it to solve the problem. It is a really easy process. To solve this problem, we need to manually download and install the macOS “Command Line Tools for Xcode”. Now, step by step guide.


We can get macOS “Command Line Tools for Xcode” from the Developer section of the Apple website. For this, just browse to the developer.apple.com page, find the latest version of the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” and download it to your computer.

Note! At the time of this writing, the latest version of the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” is 11.3.1.

How to fix: node-gyp rebuild fail; No Xcode or CLT version detected!

macOS “Command Line Tools for Xcode” (im my case version is 11.3.1) download directly to our Downloads folder as an DMG image file named Command_Line_Tools_for_Xcode_11.3.1.dmg.

  • A DMG file is a mountable disk image used to distribute software to the macOS operating system. Today, software developers typically build and distribute applications for macOS as DMG. In other words, DMG files are containers for apps in macOS.

Now we can install the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” using the file downloaded in the previous step. For this, just double-click on the Command_Line_Tools_for_Xcode_11.3.1.dmg file to mount it, then double-click on the Command_Line_Tools.pkg file in the window that opens to launch the installation wizard, and follow the installation wizard instructions.

How to fix: node-gyp rebuild fail; No Xcode or CLT version detected!

Finally, we can try to install a package and verify that it installs without the node-gyp rebuild error.

Launch the Terminal app from the Utilities folder of your Applications folder, or use Spotlight to find it.

How to fix: node-gyp rebuild fail; No Xcode or CLT version detected!

Type the following command and press the Enter key to install a package (in this example gulp will be installed).

npm install -g gulp

Let the command line do its work and don’t interrupt it until you see the final line that says about how many packages were added and updated. This can take a while, so be patient.

/usr/local/bin/gulp -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/gulp/bin/gulp.js

> fsevents@1.2.11 install /usr/local/lib/node_modules/gulp/node_modules/fsevents
> node-gyp rebuild

  SOLINK_MODULE(target) Release/.node
  CXX(target) Release/obj.target/fse/fsevents.o
  SOLINK_MODULE(target) Release/fse.node
+ gulp@4.0.2
added 71 packages from 33 contributors and updated 1 package in 21.56s

No errors. It works!

Conclusion

That’s it, you’re done. Now the npm should install a packages without the node-gyp rebuild error. So simple isn’t it?

If you are having trouble fixing this problem with the instructions above, but are being able to solve this problem with any another method please describe it in the comment section below. Thanks!

I hope this article has helped you learn how to fix the node-gyp rebuild error. If this article helped you then please leave a comment :smiley:

Thanks for reading!