Installing libsass (django_libsass) on Mac OS Yosemite

May 01, 2015 · Updated: Jul 12, 2021 · by Tim Kamanin

I started playing with Wagtail recently (a very promising Django CMS) and they use django_libsass to compile their sass into css. Unfortunatelly, if you'll try to install django libsass via PIP on Mac you'll get a compile error message. I tried lots of approaches to fix this and it didn't work in the end. So the solution was to use Python Wheels (a precompiled python packages). All you need is:

  1. Install wheels via PIP:

    pip install wheels

  2. Go to and find a wheel for Mac OS 10.10

  3. Download the wheel we want to install:


  4. Install libsass wheel:

    wheel install libsass-0.7.0-cp27-none-macosx_10_10_intel.whl --force

    I added \--force parameter, because wheel told me the package is not compatible with my OS (probably bug, because all works fine in the end)

  5. Install django_libsass package via pip:

    pip install django_libsass

And now all should be working just fine!

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