Rob Lacey

Brighton, UK -

Software Engineer specialising in Ruby on Rails. I do occasional freelance work, I love working for SARD JV Ltd, they are awesome and give me my pocket money every month. By all means dangle a carrot.

ImageMagic not installing on MacOSX

Building RMagick with native extensions is playing up again… I use homebrew so I was looking for the right solution.

Using rexml 3.2.4
Fetching rmagick 2.13.4
Installing rmagick 2.13.4 with native extensions
Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

    current directory: /Users/rl/.rbenv/versions/2.6.6/lib/ruby/gems/2.6.0/gems/rmagick-2.13.4/ext/RMagick
/Users/rl/.rbenv/versions/2.6.6/bin/ruby -I /Users/rl/.rbenv/versions/2.6.6/lib/ruby/2.6.0 -r ./siteconf20210707-24851-uczhdh.rb extconf.rb
checking for Ruby version >= 1.8.5... yes
checking for clang... yes
checking for Magick-config... no
checking for pkg-config... yes
checking for ImageMagick version >= 6.4.9... yes
checking for stdint.h... yes
checking for sys/types.h... yes
checking for wand/MagickWand.h... no

Can't install RMagick 2.13.4. Can't find MagickWand.h.
*** 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 /Users/rl/.rbenv/versions/2.6.6/lib/ruby/gems/2.6.0/gems/rmagick-2.13.4 for inspection.
Results logged to /Users/rl/.rbenv/versions/2.6.6/lib/ruby/gems/2.6.0/extensions/x86_64-darwin-20/2.6.0/rmagick-2.13.4/gem_make.out

An error occurred while installing rmagick (2.13.4), and Bundler cannot continue.
Make sure that `gem install rmagick -v '2.13.4' --source ''` succeeds before bundling.

Seems need to reset pkg-config.

brew remove imagemagick
brew uninstall pkg-config
brew install pkg-config
brew unlink pkg-config && brew link pkg-config
brew install imagemagick
gem install rmagick

Thanks to