"ld: library not found for -lssl" trying to install mysqlclient in Python on macOS

05 February 2020   1 comment   Python, MacOSX

I don't know how many times I've encountered this but by blogging about it, hopefully, next time it'll help me, and you!, find this sooner.

If you get this:

clang -bundle -undefined dynamic_lookup -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib -L/Users/peterbe/.pyenv/versions/3.8.0/lib -L/opt/boxen/homebrew/lib -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib -L/Users/peterbe/.pyenv/versions/3.8.0/lib -L/opt/boxen/homebrew/lib -L/opt/boxen/homebrew/lib -I/opt/boxen/homebrew/include build/temp.macosx-10.14-x86_64-3.8/MySQLdb/_mysql.o -L/usr/local/Cellar/mysql/8.0.18_1/lib -lmysqlclient -lssl -lcrypto -o build/lib.macosx-10.14-x86_64-3.8/MySQLdb/_mysql.cpython-38-darwin.so
    ld: library not found for -lssl
    clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
    error: command 'clang' failed with exit status 1

(The most important line is the ld: library not found for -lssl)

On most macOS systems, when trying to install a Python package that requires a binary compile step based on the system openssl (which I think comes from the OS), you'll get this.

The solution is simple, run this first:

export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib"
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include"

Depending on your install of things, you might need to adjust this accordingly. For me, I have:

▶ ls -l /usr/local/opt/openssl/
total 1272
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff     717 Sep 10 09:13 AUTHORS
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff  582924 Dec 19 11:32 CHANGES
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff     743 Dec 19 11:32 INSTALL_RECEIPT.json
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff    6121 Sep 10 09:13 LICENSE
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff   42183 Sep 10 09:13 NEWS
-rw-r--r--   1 peterbe  staff    3158 Sep 10 09:13 README
drwxr-xr-x   4 peterbe  staff     128 Dec 19 11:32 bin
drwxr-xr-x   3 peterbe  staff      96 Sep 10 09:13 include
drwxr-xr-x  10 peterbe  staff     320 Sep 10 09:13 lib
drwxr-xr-x   4 peterbe  staff     128 Sep 10 09:13 share

Now, with those things set you should hopefully be able to do things like:

pip install mysqlclient


Simon D Yates

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