Cannot install the matplotlib 1.5.3 or 2.0.0rc2 on Mac OS Sierra, Python 3.6.0 #7756

jli05 opened this Issue Jan 6, 2017 · 3 comments


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jli05 commented Jan 6, 2017 edited

Bug report

Bug summary

The macOS Sierra is updated to the latest version. We install matplotlib with Python 3.6.0. We have the latest XQuartz installed as well. matplotlib complains he cannot find header files for freetype2 although it's installed by XQuartz.

Code for reproduction


sudo -H pip3 install matplotlib


sudo -H pip3 install --global-option="build_ext" --global-option="-I/opt/X11/include/freetype2/" --global-option="-L/opt/X11/lib" matplotlib

Actual outcome

freetype: no  [The C/C++ header for freetype2 (ft2build.h)
                            could not be found.  You may need to install the
                            development package.]
                            * The following required packages can not be built:
                            * freetype

Matplotlib version

matplotlib 1.5.3 or 2.0.0rc2, macOS Sierra, XQuartz 2.7.11, Xcode 8.2.1, Python 3.6.0

vindarmagnus commented Jan 7, 2017 edited

Happened to me too, using homebrew. Tried many things but what got it working in the end was:
ln -s /usr/local/include/freetype2/ft2build.h /usr/local/include/ft2build.h

@tacaswell tacaswell added this to the 2.0.1 (next bug fix release) milestone Jan 7, 2017

Do you have pkgconfig installed?

Does it work if you set expert MPLLOCALFREETYPE=1?

jli05 commented Jan 7, 2017

I didn't have pkgconfig installed. I installed it, also tried to invoke pip3 with or without MPLLOCALFREETYPE=1, and still get the same error.

@jli05 jli05 changed the title from Cannot install the matplotlib on Mac OS Sierra, Python 3.6.0 to Cannot install the matplotlib 1.5.3 or 2.0.0rc2 on Mac OS Sierra, Python 3.6.0 Jan 9, 2017
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