Gatsby on windows
Setting up your environment for building native Node.js modules.
Many Gatsby plugins and themes require building native Node.js modules e.g. Sharp (a common Gatsby dependency used for image processing). To do so, you need a functional build environment (Python and Visual C++ Build Tools).
The easy way to setup your build environment on Windows is to install the
package by runnning
npm install --global windows-build-tools on an admin
powershell console. On installing this package, it downloads and installs the
Visual C++ Build Tools 2015, provided free of charge by Microsoft. These tools
are required to compile popular native modules. It will also install Python
2.7, configuring your machine and npm appropriately.
npm install still fails…
windows-build-tools won’t properly install required libraries. This is true if you already have a regular .NET development environment setup. This has been reported on Windows 10 x64 (and possibly other architectures or Windows versions).
This might be your problem if after running
npm install on a Gatsby site, you see compilation errors such as
binding.gyp not found.
If you suspect this is your problem, download the Visual Studio Express 2015 Package and install the package
Programming languages > Visual C++ > Common tools for Visual Studio 2015. You can uncheck everything else. You don’t need to install the full VS2015 Express on your system and this won’t mess up your existing VS201x installs.
Then run the commands on Gatsby:
npm uninstall node-gyp -g npm config set python python2.7 npm config set msvs_version 2015 npm cache clean -f npm install
You should then be all set.