Jonton Jonton - 5 months ago 63x
Ruby Question

Unable to bundle install pg gem after OS X El Capitan Update

After trying

bundle install
and directly using `sudo gem install pg -v "0.18.4"' I keep running into errors while trying to install the pg gem. All of my gems had been running perfectly until I had installed the latest update for OS X El Capitan. The error I get is as follows:

sudo gem install pg -v '0.18.4'
Building native extensions. This could take a while...
ERROR: Error installing pg:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

current directory: /Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0/gems/pg-0.18.4/ext
/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/bin/ruby -r ./siteconf20160502-32186-1wkopvv.rb extconf.rb
checking for pg_config... yes
Using config values from /usr/local/bin/pg_config
checking for libpq-fe.h... yes
checking for libpq/libpq-fs.h... yes
checking for pg_config_manual.h... yes
checking for PQconnectdb() in -lpq... no
checking for PQconnectdb() in -llibpq... no
checking for PQconnectdb() in -lms/libpq... no
Can't find the PostgreSQL client library (libpq)
*** extconf.rb failed ***
Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of necessary
libraries and/or headers. Check the mkmf.log file for more details. You may
need configuration options.

Provided configuration options:

To see why this extension failed to compile, please check the mkmf.log which can be found here:


extconf failed, exit code 1

Gem files will remain installed in /Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0/gems/pg-0.18.4 for inspection.
Results logged to /Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0/extensions/universal-darwin-15/2.0.0/pg-0.18.4/gem_make.out

I'm awfully lost as to how to fix this...


I believe the issue can be fixed if you install postgresql on your system. I had a similar error the other day and it was fixed by installing homebrew and running

brew install postgresql