Installing Nokogiri from a Gemfile on Mojave

November 14, 2018

Another MacOS and another struggle through installing nokogiri. Most places online recommend using --with-xml2-include and --use-system-libraries during gem install, but if you're installing from a Gemfile using bundle install, it can sometimes be a little trickier.

To enable passing args like this to a gem installed from a Gemfile, we can use Bundler Config. The magic command to run before bundle install on Mojave is:

bundle config build.nokogiri --with-xml2-include=/Applications/   --use-system-libraries
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Noah Gilmore

Hello! I'm Noah, a software developer based in the San Francisco bay area. I focus mainly on iOS, Apple platform development, and full stack web development.

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