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Error: Unable to determine the current character, it is not a string, number, array, or object in react-native for android

Whenever I run react-native run-android while keeping the emulator running, I get this error. react-native run-ios wroks completely fine.

Error: Command failed: ./gradlew app:installDebug -PreactNativeDevServerPort=8081
:ReactNative:Failed to parse React Native CLI configuration: groovy.json.JsonException: Unable to determine the current character, it is not a string, number, array, or object

The current character read is 'E' with an int value of 69
Unable to determine the current character, it is not a string, number, array, or object
line number 1
index number 0
Error: Invalid attribute nameLine: 16Column: 18Char: .    at error (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/sax/lib/sax.js:651:10)    at strictFail (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/sax/lib/sax.js:677:7)    at SAXParser.write (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/sax/lib/sax.js:1313:13)    at new XmlDocument (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/xmldoc/lib/xmldoc.js:261:15)    at readManifest (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli-platform-android/build/config/readManifest.js:38:10)    at Object.projectConfig (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli-platform-android/build/config/index.js:59:46)    at Object.get project [as project] (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/react-native/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli/build/tools/config/index.js:114:50)    at /Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/react-native/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli/build/commands/config/config.js:8:452    at Array.forEach (<anonymous>)    at _objectSpread (/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/react-native/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli/build/commands/config/config.js:8:392)

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* Where:
Script '/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze/node_modules/@react-native-community/cli-platform-android/native_modules.gradle' line: 201

* What went wrong:
A problem occurred evaluating script.
> Failed to parse React Native CLI configuration. Expected running 'npx --quiet --no-install react-native config' command from '/Users/yashatreya/Desktop/Realyze/Realyze' directory to output valid JSON, but it didn't. This may be caused by npx resolving to a legacy global react-native binary. Please make sure to uninstall any global 'react-native' binaries: 'npm uninstall -g react-native react-native-cli' and try again

* Try:
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As indicated in the error message, I tried running npm uninstall -g react-native react-native-cli but it didn’t work.

Info about my environment:

    OS: macOS 10.15
    CPU: (4) x64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7360U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory: 29.68 MB / 8.00 GB
    Shell: 3.2.57 - /bin/bash
    Node: 12.13.0 - /usr/local/bin/node
    Yarn: 1.19.1 - /usr/local/bin/yarn
    npm: 6.12.0 - /usr/local/bin/npm
    Watchman: 4.9.0 - /usr/local/bin/watchman
    iOS SDK:
      Platforms: iOS 13.0, DriverKit 19.0, macOS 10.15, tvOS 13.0, watchOS 6.0
    Android Studio: 3.5 AI-191.8026.42.35.5977832
    Xcode: 11.0/11A420a - /usr/bin/xcodebuild
    react: 16.9.0 => 16.9.0 
    react-native: ^0.61.4 => 0.61.4 
    react-native-cli: 2.0.1

android/app/build.gradle below:

apply plugin: ""

project.ext.react = [
    entryFile: "index.js",
    enableHermes: false,  // clean and rebuild if changing

apply from: "../../node_modules/react-native/react.gradle"

def enableSeparateBuildPerCPUArchitecture = false
def enableProguardInReleaseBuilds = false

def jscFlavor = 'org.webkit:android-jsc:+' 

def enableHermes = project.ext.react.get("enableHermes", false);

android {
    compileSdkVersion rootProject.ext.compileSdkVersion

    compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.realyze"
        minSdkVersion 21 
        targetSdkVersion rootProject.ext.targetSdkVersion
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
        multiDexEnabled true

    // rootProject.ext.minSdkVersion
    splits {
        abi {
            enable enableSeparateBuildPerCPUArchitecture
            universalApk false  // If true, also generate a universal APK
            include "armeabi-v7a", "x86", "arm64-v8a", "x86_64"
    signingConfigs {
        debug {
            storeFile file('debug.keystore')
            storePassword 'android'
            keyAlias 'androiddebugkey'
            keyPassword 'android'
    buildTypes {
        debug {
            signingConfig signingConfigs.debug
        release {
            // Caution! In production, you need to generate your own keystore file.
            // see
            signingConfig signingConfigs.debug
            minifyEnabled enableProguardInReleaseBuilds
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile("proguard-android.txt"), ""
    // applicationVariants are e.g. debug, release
    applicationVariants.all { variant ->
        variant.outputs.each { output ->
            // For each separate APK per architecture, set a unique version code as described here:
            def versionCodes = ["armeabi-v7a": 1, "x86": 2, "arm64-v8a": 3, "x86_64": 4]
            def abi = output.getFilter(OutputFile.ABI)
            if (abi != null) {  // null for the universal-debug, universal-release variants
                output.versionCodeOverride =
                        versionCodes.get(abi) * 1048576 + defaultConfig.versionCode


dependencies {
    implementation project(':react-native-push-notification')
    implementation project(':react-native-sound')
    implementation project(':react-native-audio')
    implementation ''
    implementation project(':react-native-gesture-handler')
    implementation fileTree(dir: "libs", include: ["*.jar"])
    implementation "com.facebook.react:react-native:+"  // From node_modules
    implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.1.0-rc01'
    implementation 'androidx.swiperefreshlayout:swiperefreshlayout:1.1.0-alpha02'
    implementation ''
    implementation ''
    implementation project(path: ":@react-native-firebase_auth")
    implementation project(path: ":@react-native-firebase_messaging")
    implementation project(path: ":@react-native-firebase_database")
    implementation project(':react-native-datetimepicker')
    implementation project(path: ":@react-native-firebase_firestore")
    implementation project(path: ":@react-native-firebase_functions")

    if (enableHermes) {
        def hermesPath = "../../node_modules/hermes-engine/android/";
        debugImplementation files(hermesPath + "hermes-debug.aar")
        releaseImplementation files(hermesPath + "hermes-release.aar")
    } else {
        implementation jscFlavor
// }

// Run this once to be able to run the application with BUCK
// puts all compile dependencies into folder libs for BUCK to use
task copyDownloadableDepsToLibs(type: Copy) {
    from configurations.compile
    into 'libs'

apply from: file("../../node_modules/@react-native-community/cli-platform-android/native_modules.gradle"); applyNativeModulesAppBuildGradle(project)
apply plugin: ''

android/build.gradle below :

buildscript {
    ext {
        buildToolsVersion = "28.0.3"
        minSdkVersion = 16
        compileSdkVersion = 28
        targetSdkVersion = 28
    repositories {
    dependencies {
        classpath ""
        classpath ''

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven {
            // All of React Native (JS, Obj-C sources, Android binaries) is installed from npm
        maven {
            // Android JSC is installed from npm

        maven { url '' }

Initially I was getting this error: react-native build error: Could not find method implementation() for arguments [jscFlavor] on project ‘:app’ of type org.gradle.api.Project but now I am getting the above.



SOLUTION 1 (worked for me)

The solution for me was removing the following line

apply from: file("../../node_modules/@react-native-community/cli-platform-android/native_modules.gradle"); applyNativeModulesAppBuildGradle(project)

Be sure to remove it everywhere. I had this line in build.gradle (app) and also in settings.gradle.

After that, run again npx react-native run-android the console will display the real error, fix the error and put back the lines you had removed.

In my case the error happened because I have been using an older Node version and the second time It happened I needed to sync my project again


Delete the files it was finding error as “The current character read is ‘E’ with an int value of 69”



worked for others too.


Update the @react-native-community/cli to the latest version.

Good coding!