Using native Node Modules

Native Node modules are supported by React NodeGui, but since React NodeGui is very likely to use a different V8 version from the Node binary installed on your system, the modules you use will need to be recompiled for React NodeGui's node/v8 version. Otherwise, you will get the following class of error when you try to run your app:

Error: The module '/path/to/native/module.node'
was compiled against a different Node.js version using
NODE_MODULE_VERSION $XYZ. This version of Node.js requires
NODE_MODULE_VERSION $ABC. Please try re-compiling or re-installing
the module (for instance, using `npm rebuild` or `npm install`).

How to install native modules

To compile native Node modules against a build of NodeGui that doesn't match a public release, instruct npm to use the version of Qode (NodeJs) you have bundled with your custom build.

npm rebuild --nodedir=/path/to/qode


qode /path/to/npm rebuild


If you installed a native module and found it was not working, you need to check the following things:

  • When in doubt, rebuild native modules with qode first.
  • Make sure the native module is compatible with the target platform and architecture for your NodeGui app.
  • After you upgrade NodeGui, you usually need to rebuild the modules.

Modules that rely on node-pre-gyp

The node-pre-gyp tool provides a way to deploy native Node modules with prebuilt binaries, and many popular modules are using it.

Usually those modules work fine under NodeGui, but sometimes when NodeGui uses a newer version of V8 than Node and/or there are ABI changes, bad things may happen. So in general, it is recommended to always build native modules from source code.