This is a rather common error that devs see from time to time when they try to install or update packages using npm. It can also appear when using npx, something like
There could be several reasons for this error, and what worked for others may not work for you.
Here is the stackoverflow page for the same error.
It suggests some good answers, none of which worked for me. I uninstalled and reinstalled node.js twice before realizing the problem. I just had to update npm to the latest stable version by running
npm install -g npm@latest
and it was fixed.
If that doesn't work for you and none of the other solutions work either, just make sure you have the latest stable version of both node and npm, and verify the environment path variables on your machine. It's a good bet to try reinstalling node at least once to make sure the setup is fine.
Follow this page for properly removing node.js and then making sure it is gone before installing again.
If you tried all of the above and the issue still persists... well, good luck and let us know what was the issue in your case so others can refer your problem and how you fixed it.