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Unable to find a specification for 'boost-for-react-native' depended upon by `Folly` #18085

brenmcnamara opened this Issue Feb 25, 2018 · 11 comments


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brenmcnamara commented Feb 25, 2018

I get the error: Unable to find a specification for 'boost-for-react-native' depended upon by 'Folly' when running pod install

I am creating a Podfile that is identical to the one specified in the docs here

I can see that boost-for-react-native was introduced because of this issue here.

This is the commit that is adding boost-react-native and most-likely causing this error for me. I am not that familiar with podspecs and the specifics of the dependencies of boost vs boost-for-react native, but I'm pretty sure this is the cause.

Is this a bug report?


Have you read the Contributing Guidelines?



OS: macOS High Sierra 10.13.3
Node: 8.9.3
Yarn: 1.3.2
npm: 5.6.0
Watchman: 4.7.0
Xcode: Xcode 9.2 Build version 9C40b
Android Studio: Not Found

Packages: (wanted => installed)
react: 16.2.0 => 16.2.0
react-native: 0.53.3 => 0.53.3

CocaPods version 1.3.1
React Native CLI: 2.0.1

Steps to Reproduce

  1. From CLI: react-native init Temp
  2. Create a new file: ios/Podfile with the following contents:
platform :ios, '9.0'

# Remove this line to see the warnings that happen when calling 'pod install'.
# Refer to this issue:
install! 'cocoapods', :deterministic_uuids => false

target 'Temp' do

  # Dependencies for react native firebase. Refer to this documentation:
  pod 'React', :path => '../node_modules/react-native', :subspecs => [
    'CxxBridge', # Include this for RN >= 0.47
    'DevSupport', # Include this to enable In-App Devmenu if RN >= 0.43
    'RCTWebSocket', # needed for debugging
    # Add any other subspecs you want to use in your project

  pod 'yoga', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/yoga'

  # Third party deps podspec link
  pod 'DoubleConversion', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/DoubleConversion.podspec'
  pod 'GLog', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/GLog.podspec'
  pod 'Folly', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/Folly.podspec'

  target 'TempTests' do
    inherit! :search_paths

  1. cd /path/to/repo/ios && pod install

Expected Behavior

Cocoa pods installs all the dependencies without any errors.

Actual Behavior

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Reproducible Demo

Here is the repo with the bug.


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milawoai commented Feb 26, 2018

same error


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clairewli commented Feb 26, 2018

I got the same error too.


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milawoai commented Feb 28, 2018

add " pod 'boost-for-react-native' " into Podfile , It fix my problem


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zhantx commented Mar 7, 2018

do a pod update first


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pranavjandial123 commented Mar 13, 2018

Any update on the issue?? I am still facing it..


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shenbin04 commented Mar 14, 2018

Run pod update first, it will update the podspecs so that it will include boost-for-react-native.


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annaayond commented Mar 15, 2018

I solved it by running pod update, removing the build folder and rebuild the project with yarn/npm.


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lengqingfeng commented Mar 25, 2018

same error

@hramos hramos removed the 🔷 macOS label Mar 29, 2018


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brenmcnamara commented Mar 30, 2018

The pod update solution worked for me. I'm closing this task since it seems to be resolved. Thanks for the help!


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scutHuqiang commented Oct 16, 2018

not working for me


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kevinzhangftw commented Dec 6, 2018

seems like after running pod update does installation automatically, anyone can confirm?

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