Installing libsass (django_libsass) on Mac OS Yosemite

May 01, 2015 · Updated: Jan 22, 2019 · by Tim Kamanin

I started playing with wagtail recently (a very promising Django
) 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

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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