Magento 2 how to fix “There are no commands defined in the ‘setup’ namespace.” errors

June 28th, 2019


In trying to set up a Magento 2 instance, I came across an issue trying to set developer mode through CLI where upon entering the command it would fail with the following message:

 There are no commands defined in the "deploy:mode" namespace.

This issue sometimes fails with other messages like:

There are no commands defined in the "setup" namespace. 

I tried  several different methods of calling bin/magento, such as:

bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer
php bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer
sudo bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer
sudo php bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer

But none of them would yield any different result.

After searching for a bit I came across a GitHub issue that had just the commands I needed.

To fix this issue just run these three commands in your CLI:

rm -Rf var/di/*
sudo php bin/magento setup:upgrade
sudo php bin/magento setup:di:compile

After that, you should be able to run the command and get the expected result!

This also works if you are getting an error like “Interceptor does not exist”, just run the commands above and clear the cache.


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