Error with "ionic start" - new project

I get this error:

 Error: Cannot find module '/Users/SubEffect/node_modules/ionic'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:469:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:417:25)
    at Module.require (module.js:497:17)
    at require (internal/module.js:20:19)
    at /usr/local/lib/node_modules/ionic/bin/ionic:18:13 code: 'MODULE_NOT_FOUND' }

after installing ionic, and using “ionic start myApp”

What am I doing wrong?

How did you install ionic?
Had you installed it before?

What is your ionic info output?
Linux/Mac: What does which ionic return?
Windows: What does where ionic return?

Yes, I’ve used ionic a lot. I used v1 and v2 and this has never happened before. As I said in the OP, I installed ionic (I sudo installed it in fact).

I’m on Mac. Ionic info gives me exactly the same error as the one I posted in the OP.

And the answer to "which ionic"is: /usr/local/bin/ionic

Where are you running the commands, which folder are you in in your command line?
Output of npm list -g --depth=0 please.

Did you have Ionic installed on this machine before?
Using sudo is always a red flag to me and should not really be necessary…

One solution: Uninstall your node, install nvm (or nvm-windows if you are on Windows), install a new node (which includes npm) with this, then install ionic and cordova again and try your command again. The problem should be gone.

Ionic seems to run fine with serve in a my other project.

This is from the depth test:

├── bower@1.5.3
├── cordova@7.1.0
├── firebase-tools@3.1.0
├── gulp@3.9.1
├── ionic@3.13.1
├── ios-deploy@1.8.2
├── ios-sim@3.1.1
├── n@2.1.7
├── node-gyp@3.5.0
├── npm@3.10.10
├── plugman@0.22.16
└── typescript@1.8.10

npm ERR! extraneous: JSONStream@1.3.0 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/JSONStream
npm ERR! extraneous: lazy-property@1.0.0 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/lazy-property
npm ERR! extraneous: mississippi@1.3.0 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/mississippi
npm ERR! extraneous: sorted-union-stream@2.1.3 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/sorted-union-stream
npm ERR! extraneous: uuid@3.0.1 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/uuid
npm ERR! extraneous: osenv@0.1.4 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/nopt/node_modules/osenv
npm ERR! extraneous: supports-color@0.2.0 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/npmlog/node_modules/gauge/node_modules/supports-color
npm ERR! extraneous: punycode@1.4.1 /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/request/node_modules/tough-cookie/node_modules/punycode
npm ERR! missing: normalize-package-data@*, required by npm@1.3.4
npm ERR! missing: inherits@, required by fstream-npm@0.1.4

I’ve just reinstalled node.

Oh, so it works in another project but not this one?
Can you post the ionic info from there please?

From the other folder?

WARN] Error with ./www/lib/ionic/version.json file: FILE_NOT_FOUND, trying 

cli packages: (/Users/SubjectiveEffect/DAS2/node_modules)

    @ionic/cli-utils  : 1.13.0
    ionic (Ionic CLI) : 3.13.0

local packages:

    Ionic Framework : ionic1 1.1.0


    Node : v8.7.0
    npm  : 5.4.2 
    OS   : macOS Sierra


    backend : legacy

I just uninstalled and reinstalled node. npm list -g --depth=0 now gives this:

├── cordova@7.1.0
├── ionic@3.13.1
└── npm@5.4.2

Ionic start still doesn’t work.

I’ve just tested a different Ionic 2 project and it works fine.

I do get this error with “ionic info” though:

Error with ./www/lib/ionic/version.json file: FILE_NOT_FOUND, trying 

This error should only appear on ionic v1 problems that are strange…

Can you run npm list --depth=0 in a project where you get the original error?

There is no project - that’s the problem. This is the root folder. I usually create my projects here with “ionic start”.

This is what I get from “npm list --depth=0” from that folder:

zchat@1.0.0 /Users/SubEffect
├── bower@1.7.9
├── gulp@3.9.1
├── gulp-concat@2.6.0
├── gulp-minify-css@0.3.13
├── gulp-rename@1.2.2
├── gulp-sass@1.3.3
├── gulp-util@2.2.20
├── ionic@2.2.1 extraneous
├── shelljs@0.3.0
└── uuid@3.1.0
npm ERR! extraneous: ionic@2.2.1 /Users/SubEffect/node_modules/ionic

That’s it.

Any help?

Ah, that’s strange.
Is there an ionic file in that directory as well?

Run which ionic please in your user directory.

“which ionic” give me


All a bit odd.

No, that is actually correct.

Hm, is there a package.json in you user directory? Can you post its content?
Try renaming the node_modules folder in there to something else and try to create a project again.

This is package.json:

  "name": "zchat",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "zChat: An Ionic project",
  "dependencies": {
    "gulp": "^3.5.6",
    "gulp-concat": "^2.2.0",
    "gulp-minify-css": "^0.3.0",
    "gulp-rename": "^1.2.0",
    "gulp-sass": "^1.3.3",
    "uuid": "^3.1.0"
  "devDependencies": {
    "bower": "^1.3.3",
    "gulp-util": "^2.2.14",
    "shelljs": "^0.3.0"
  "cordovaPlugins": [
  "cordovaPlatforms": [

Renaming node_modules worked.

Why have I got ionic 2 stuff hanging around?

So your problem is all fixed?

You probably ran “npm install ionic” instead of “npm install -g ionic” in your user directory some time ago. This installed it into node_modules there which was no problem when you were inside a project, which has its own Ionic CLI installation, but only when you want to access Ionic CLI in the user directory. The global installation gets triggered and looks for a local installation (which it normally doesn’t find for ionic start) and uses that one. As your in the user directory was broken, you got an error.

Update: Created an issue that could prevent this in the future:

Yes, it’s fixed. Thank you.