I am using HomeBrew as a package manager. The operating system that I am using is Mountain Lion. I just tried to install openssl using the command : brew install openssl What I am getting is the following error :

==> Downloading http://openssl.org/source/openssl-1.0.1c.tar.gz
Already downloaded: /Library/Caches/Homebrew/openssl-1.0.1c.tar.gz
==> perl ./Configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c --openssldir=/usr/local/etc/openssl zlib-dynamic shared d
==> make
==> make test
==> make install MANDIR=/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c/share/man MANSUFFIX=ssl
created directory `/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c/lib/engines'
created directory `/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c/lib/pkgconfig'
created directory `/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c/include'
created directory `/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1c/include/openssl'
make: *** [install_sw] Error 13

Error: openssl did not build
Logs: /Users/Administrator/Library/Logs/Homebrew/openssl/

Any ideas on how to overcome this? Thank you.

  • What does the log say? Have you updated Homebrew to the latest version? – slhck Oct 11 '12 at 14:36
  • Yes brew is the latest version (using 'brew update') – skiabox Oct 11 '12 at 14:59
  • There are 4 log files but they're too big to post them here. – skiabox Oct 11 '12 at 15:01
  • You can just post the most relevant lines or paste them somewhere else – slhck Oct 11 '12 at 15:21

I had this error on my Mac 10.8.4

brew install openssl

created directory `/usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.1e/include/openssl' make: *** [install_sw] Error 13

Follow these steps to resolve it :

  1. Create a directory if it's not exist

    sudo mkdir /usr/local/etc/openssl

  2. Change the rights. Replace and with your name and group (e.g. serge:admin)

    sudo chown -R <username>:<group> /usr/local/etc/openssl/

  3. Repeat openssl installation

    brew install openssl

  4. Install curl-ca-bundle

    brew install curl-ca-bundle


This is likely a user write permissions error, but checking the log will verify.

See gist for more details: https://gist.github.com/devinbrown/5084433

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