1 month ago

Why can't I use import/export in node.js enviroment?

Posted 1 month ago by Gabotronix

Hi everybody, I'm working in my first node.js app coming from a vue/laravel background where I alsways used import/exports, now I'm trying to use it in my node.js but I get the following error:

(node:13072) Warning: To load an ES module, set "type": "module" in the package.json or use the .mjs extension.
import MapsService from '../services/MapsService';

SyntaxError: Cannot use import statement outside a module

I thought node.js was pretty common, how can I not use import/exports? This is what I have in my app.js

var express = require('express');
var app = express();

import MapsService from '../services/MapsService';

app.get('/', async (req, res) => {


    res.send('Hello World!');

app.listen(3000, function () {
  console.log('Example app listening on port 3000!');

And in my MapsService file I use imports/exports too, does that mean I will have to use this require thing I see? How can I transform my MapsService file to be require friendly?

//import { Client } from '@googlemaps/google-maps-services-js';
import * as geometry from 'spherical-geometry-js';
import axios from "axios";
//const axios = require('axios').default ??;
import VenuesService from '../services/VenuesService';

export class MapsService {



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