How to easily fix the EAI_AGAIN error in NPM, Yarn, or PNPM

The EAI_AGAIN error happens during an NPM, Yarn, or PNPM installation when the target server or DNS server doesn’t respond within a set time limit. This could happen due to network congestion, DNS server failures, or other connection issues.

Let’s explore some effective methods for quickly fixing the EAI_AGAIN error.

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1. Clear NPM proxy

To fix the EAI_AGAIN error in NPM, Yarn, or PNPM, try removing the proxy settings from your configuration with this command:

# NPM npm config rm proxy npm config rm https-proxy # Yarn Classic (v1) yarn config delete proxy yarn config delete https-proxy # Yarn Berry (v2+) yarn config unset httpProxy yarn config unset httpsProxy # PNPM pnpm config delete proxy pnpm config delete https-proxy

2. Use faster internet connection

One simple and effective method can be to switch to a faster internet connection. Steer clear of activities that could consume additional data and leave less bandwidth for the package manager. This includes closing all unnecessary browser tabs and other data-consuming applications.

3. Retry command

Quite frequently, the EAI_AGAIN error can be temporary due to brief DNS server issues or network instability. Simply retrying the NPM/Yarn/PNPM command may solve the problem.

4. Clear package manager cache

In NPM and Yarn cache may also be a cause of the EAI_AGAIN error. Try retrying your command after clearing the cache with this command:

# NPM npm cache clean --force # Yarn yarn cache clean

5. Use different DNS server

Sometimes, the DNS server you’re using may be facing issues. Using a different DNS server like Google’s public DNS ( and or the one from Cloudflare ( and might help too.

Changing the DNS server on Windows to fix the EAI_AGAIN NPM error.
Changing the DNS server on Windows. Source: How to configure Cloudflare’s DNS service on Windows 11, 10, or router

6. Reboot computer or server

As with many other technical issues, sometimes a simple reboot of your computer or server can fix minor problems that may contribute to the error.

7. Disable VPN or proxy

Sometimes, using a VPN or proxy at the OS level makes your package manager have connection issues. In this case, try disabling your VPN or proxy and run the NPM/Yarn/PNPM command again.

8. Connect to another network

If you’re still facing the EAI_AGAIN error, switch to a completely different network. This can help bypass potential network-specific issues causing the error.

9. Flush DNS cache

Clearing your computer’s DNS cache can also help resolve DNS-related issues that may be causing the EAI_AGAIN error. On Windows, you can do this with ipconfig /flushdns. 4 Ways to Flush the DNS Cache to Fix Web Browsing Errors.

10. Release and renew IP address

Another plausible solution to the EAI_AGAIN error can be releasing and renewing your IP address. Your IP address is what connects your computer to your network, and sometimes a bad IP configuration could possibly cause network errors.

On Windows, you can do this with ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew. How to Reset IP Address: Mac, Windows, Linux & More.

11. Use different NPM registry

If the issue persists, try switching to a different NPM registry. For example, you can switch to the official NPM registry by running:

# NPM npm config set registry # Yarn Classic (v1) yarn config set registry # Yarn Berry (v2+) yarn config set npmRegistryServer # PNPM pnpm config set registry

12. Temporarily disable antivirus or firewall

In some cases, security software like antivirus or firewall programs can interfere with network requests to NPM and cause the EAI_AGAIN error. Temporarily disable them and see if it resolves the issue.

13. Update package manager and Node.js

Make sure you are using the latest versions of Node.js and NPM, Yarn, or PNPM. You can update npm by running:

# NPM npm i -g npm@latest # Yarn npm i -g yarn@latest # PNPM npm i -g pnpm@latest

14. Try again later

Finally, if none of the above works, it may be a temporary problem with the registry server – the only thing you can do in this case is to wait for a while and then retry. Patience can sometimes be the most effective solution.

How to fix the “This project is configured to use Yarn” error on pnpm install

The “This project is configured to use Yarn” error happens in pnpm install when you have a field in your package.json file that specifies Yarn as the package manager.

The package.json field may have come about when you ran a yarn set version ... command, for example, yarn set version stable to set up Yarn Berry, or yarn set version berry to migrate from Yarn v1 to Yarn Berry.

Fix “This project is configured to use Yarn” error

To fix the this pnpm install usage error, simply remove the "packageManager" field from package.json:

Once you do that, pnpm install will run properly.