Sometimes you get stuck on something which is supposedly really simple, but you can't figure out how to proceed.
I had to deploy a static site to Netlify. I opened an account and went ahead and installed the Netlify command line tool on my macbook. Thing is, while the terminal prompted me with an installation successful output, I couldn't run any Netlify commands. No matter what I tried I got a command not found.
Fortunately, it is easy to solve.
Good chances are that the problem is actually that you need to update your $PATH env to make Netlify and other packages accessible to you everywhere.
Here is how you solve it:
(You probably already did this if you are here), install Netlify cli:
npm install netlify-cli -g
Now, pay close attention to the prompt you are receiving on your terminal. It will show the installation directory which you need to copy, and will look something like this:
/Users/username/.npm-global/bin/ntl -> /Users/kobyofek/.npm-global/lib/node_modules/netlify-cli/bin/run
/Users/username/.npm-global/bin/netlify -> /Users/kobyofek/.npm-global/lib/node_modules/netlify-cli/bin/run
Specifically, you need to copy this part:
Now, we need to add that to our .bash_profile.
How do we do that? Easy, fire up your vim editor and insert the following lines:
If you need to freshen up a bit on your vim skills, don't forget to use
ito insert some text where your cursor is positioned and
:xto save and quit.
run the following:
You should now be good to go and Netlify should be available for you in your terminal.