ApolloServer

SyntaxError: Cannot use import statement outside a module

I’ve got an ApolloServer project that’s giving me trouble, so I thought I might update it and ran into issues when using the latest Babel. My “index.js” is:

require('dotenv').config()
import {startServer} from './server'
startServer()

And when I run it I get the error

SyntaxError: Cannot use import statement outside a module

Answer:

Verify that you have the latest version of Node.js installed (or, at least 13.2.0+). Then do one of the following, as described in the documentation:

Option 1

In the nearest parent package.json file, add the top-level "type" field with a value of "module". This will ensure that all .js and .mjs files are interpreted as ES modules. You can interpret individual files as CommonJS by using the .cjs extension.

// package.json
{
  "type": "module"
}

Option 2

Explicitly name files with the .mjs extension. All other files, such as .js will be interpreted as CommonJS, which is the default if type is not defined in package.json.