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Andrew Mason
Andrew Mason

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gem install mysql2

I've come across this error several times throughout my development career so I figured it was finally time to write it down.

Scenario

Whenever I try to install certain versions of the mysql2 gem in a Ruby on Rails application, I get the following error:

Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension
...
make "DESTDIR="
compiling client.c
compiling infile.c
compiling mysql2_ext.c
compiling result.c
compiling statement.c
linking shared-object mysql2/mysql2.bundle
ld: library not found for -lssl
clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
make: *** [mysql2.bundle] Error 1

make failed, exit code 2

An error occurred while installing mysql2 (0.5.2), and Bundler cannot continue.
Make sure that `gem install mysql2 -v '0.5.2'` succeeds before bundling.
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Solution

In order to fix this issue on macOS, first make sure that you have cmake installed.

brew install cmake
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Then you can install the gem via the following command:

gem install mysql2 -v '0.5.2' -- --with-ldflags=-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib --with-cppflags=-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include
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Hope this helps save someone some time!

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