npm does not support Node.js v10.19.0 You should probably upgrade to a newer version of node as we can't make any promises that npm will work with this version. You can find the latest version at https://nodejs.org/


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Short Answer

The simplest is to update to Node.js v12:

curl -fsSL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Long Answer

You could update to newer Node.js-versions, see: https://github.com/nodesource/distributions#readme however according to a comment on github, jumping to the newest version, might lead to breaking changes. (I don't notice any.)

Thanks to a comment from @SaidbakR below : To see which version is compatible check the following table:

| NodeJS  | `npm --version` |
| Node 16 | 6.0+            |
| Node 14 | 4.14+           |
| Node 12 | 4.12+           |
| Node 10 | 4.9+, <6.0      |

I skipped the uneven numbers, because they don't have a long-term-support. Node 18 is as of August 2022 in a prerelease state (since April 2022).

If you would like to update to e.g. Node.js 16, edit the number from the code above:

curl -fsSL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_16.x | sudo -E bash -
if [ -f "/etc/debian_version" ]; then
 sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

This answer is based on (How to update node.js) as well on (compatible node.js and npm-Versions)

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    I'd like to combine this answer with That Answer on the Stack Overflow. Both of them offers complete solution npm running issues
    – SaidbakR
    Apr 30 at 0:20

If you have nvm you can try re-installing node versions. Make sure you switch to the version of node for which your npm works first. For example switch to node 8 and then re-install other versions.

nvm use 8
nvm uninstall 10
nvm uninstall  12
nvm install 10
nvm install 12
nvm use 10
nvm alias default 10   
nvm uninstall 8

Source: maxbettercloud on https://github.com/nodejs/help/issues/3644#issuecomment-999170850

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