What steps can I take to fix the 'bin/Debug/net7.0/playwright.ps1' is not recognized error in Visual Studio after updating Playwright?


Resolving Playwright Error in Visual Studio

You're seeing the error "'bin\debug\net7.0\playwright.ps1' is not recognized" because Visual Studio can't find the Playwright script. Here's how you can fix it:

Update Playwright

First, ensure Playwright is up-to-date. Run npm update playwright or yarn upgrade playwright in your project's root directory.

npm update playwright


yarn upgrade playwright

Check Environment Variables

Next, verify the path to Playwright binaries in your environment variables. Open your system's Environment Variables settings. Check if PLAYWRIGHT_BROWSERS_PATH points to the location of Playwright binaries. On Windows, it's usually %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\ms-playwright.

Customize Binary Location

If you've customized the location where Playwright downloads browser binaries, update both installation and runtime paths.

Restart Visual Studio

Restart Visual Studio after making changes to environment variables or paths.

Reinstall Playwright

If the error persists, uninstall and reinstall Playwright. Run npx playwright uninstall --all to uninstall, then npm install playwright or yarn add playwright to reinstall.

npx playwright uninstall --all
npm install playwright


npx playwright uninstall --all
yarn add playwright

Rebuild Your Project

Finally, rebuild your project before running any Playwright commands.

If you're still having trouble, check out the Playwright documentation or the Playwright community for more help.


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