ESLint Parsing error: Unexpected token

05/30/20191 Min Read — In JavaScript

ESLint throws some errors:

error Parsing error: The keyword 'import' is reserved

or, when using JSX:

error Parsing error: Unexpected token <

Per default, ESLint defaults to ES5 and doesn't understand the keywords import or const.

You have to configure ESLint to use the correct parser options.

Here's an example that worked for me with React and Prettier. I specified the parser and also the parser-options.


"parser": "babel-eslint",
"parserOptions": {
"sourceType": "module",
"ecmaFeatures": {
"jsx": true,
"modules": true
"plugins": ["prettier"],
"extends": ["prettier"],
"rules": {
"prettier/prettier": "error"

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