Ubuntu 16.04 Install


Hey everyone,

I’ve been having some issues trying to install electron in Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit). When I cd into the electron quick start folder and attempt to run npm install & npm start, I get the following output.

npm ERR! Linux 4.4.0-31-generic
npm ERR! argv "/usr/bin/nodejs" "/usr/bin/npm" "install"
npm ERR! node v4.2.6
npm ERR! npm  v3.5.2
npm ERR! file sh
npm ERR! errno ENOENT
npm ERR! syscall spawn
npm ERR! electron-prebuilt@1.3.2 postinstall: `node install.js`
npm ERR! spawn ENOENT
npm ERR! 
npm ERR! Failed at the electron-prebuilt@1.3.2 postinstall script 'node install.js'.
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 electron-prebuilt package,
npm ERR! not with npm itself.
npm ERR! Tell the author that this fails on your system:
npm ERR!     node install.js
npm ERR! You can get information on how to open an issue for this project with:
npm ERR!     npm bugs electron-prebuilt
npm ERR! Or if that isn't available, you can get their info via:
npm ERR!     npm owner ls electron-prebuilt
npm ERR! There is likely additional logging output above.

I tried searching around the forums and github (saw a few work arounds) but none of the solutions seemed to work for me. I can’t seem to upload the log file to the forum and didn’t want to paste it here (it’s around 13,000 lines). Is there a particular section from the log that might be helpful? I can provide that as well. Side note, the electron api demo application works just fine.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!


You can always make a Gist with the log file.


Fantastic idea.

Gist Code Link


I have the same error. mark this


Hello guys, may be helpful to you:

$ npm update

$ npm bugs


Undoubtedly no effect. I get the same error messages as before when running update.