Deleting the node_modules folder in Windows

Windows has a file path limit of 260 characters. You can read more about it. The other day, I was trying to delete the node_modules folder on Windows, when it threw an error saying that Windows cannot perform the delete operation because the path is too long.

After searching the web, I found that PowerShell's robocopy command can indeed handle long paths. So, here's what I did:

mkdir empty_folder
robocopy empty_folder node_modules /s /mir
rmdir empty_folder
rmdir node_modules

In essence, you create an empty folder and mirror it recursively over the node_modules folder.


  • windows
  • node
  • nodejs
  • robocopy
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