RubyGem nokogiri failed to install – libxslt is missing – Error installing nokogiri

Had trouble installing nokogiri until I installed dependencies.

libxslt is missing
sudo apt-get install libxslt-dev libxml2-dev

Full Error Stacktrace:

sudo gem install nokogiri -v 1.4.2
Building native extensions.  This could take a while…
ERROR:  Error installing nokogiri:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
/opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/bin/ruby extconf.rb
checking for iconv.h… yes
checking for libxml/parser.h… yes
checking for libxslt/xslt.h… no
libxslt is missing.  please visit for help with installing dependencies.
*** 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:
Gem files will remain installed in /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/nokogiri-1.4.2 for inspection.
Results logged to /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2010.02/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/nokogiri-1.4.2/ext/nokogiri/gem_make.out

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm by Jordan Carter · Permalink
In: Ruby on Rails, Server Config · Tagged with: , ,

11 Responses

  1. Written by jaykwon
    on January 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Thanks, that was helpful.

  2. Written by Max Williams
    on April 7, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Thanks Jordan. I’ve tried the above and while libxml2-dev is already installed, it balks on installing libxslt-dev, saying

    Package libxslt-dev is a virtual package provided by:
    libxslt1-dev 1.1.24-2ubuntu2
    You should explicitly select one to install.
    E: Package libxslt-dev has no installation candidate

    I’m in ubuntu 9.10 in case that’s relevant…

  3. Written by Benoit Lafontaine
    on April 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Thanks, I just had the same problem.

  4. Written by corgi
    on April 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

    thanks, helped as well

  5. Written by Joseph McCullough
    on June 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thanks a bunch, it worked!

  6. Written by mawi
    on September 22, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Awesome !

    fixed it, thanx !

  7. Written by James
    on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Awesome thanks, worked.

  8. Written by Owen Wilson
    on December 9, 2011 at 10:54 am


  9. Written by bionuc
    on December 26, 2011 at 3:00 am

    To install nokogiri 1.5.0
    I needed to install 1 package only which was libxslt-dev

  10. Written by hayesmaker
    on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    this sorted out trying to install Melomel on Ubuntu.. cheers!

  11. Written by Matteo Alessani
    on January 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Thanks also to @max! I fixed with the libxslt1-dev package!

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