I am trying to install ccid-1.4.20 (command line) in an El Capitan enabled MacBook Air, but I am facing some issues. Instructions says that after uncompressing the file, in the generated folder I should do:

  • ./MacOSX/configure
  • make
  • sudo make install

However at the end of the process, I get the following error:

configure: error: libusb.h not found, install libusb or use ./configure LIBUSB_CFLAGS=...
+ rm -f src/Info.plist

So I figured that libusb was missing.

I went to the libusb SourceForge project and downloaded libusb-1.0.19 and proceeded installing it. Here I get no error message(s).

Then I proceeded to retry installing, but I still have the same error. Any ideas?

Material and software used:

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Mac OS X 10.11 Beta (15A278b)

2 Answers 2


You may need to tell the configure of ccid where libusb can be found. Install libusb by downloading it and then running

sudo make

Then do the following for ccid:

.configure LIBUSB_CFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include/libusb-1.0 LIBUSB_LIBS="-L/usr/local/lib -lusb-1.0"

(check the version number first).

  • Ok, gotcha (even though he said to have downloaded libusb) <br /> Regardless, thanks for the remarks, I'll do a better job next time!
    – Mosh Man
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 11:59
  • 1
    This solution also works on Centos 7 :D Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 21:34
  • Good to hear mate :)
    – Mosh Man
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 12:11
  • Ok, I still get the following error: configure: error: install pcsc-lite 1.8.3 or later, or use ./configure PCSC_CFLAGS=... The command I issued was: ./configure LIBUSB_CFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include/libusb-1.0 LIBUSB_LIBS="-L/usr/local/lib -libusb-1.0.a" But in /usr/local/lib I have the following files: libusb-1.0.0.dylib libusb-1.0.a libusb-1.0.dylib -> libusb-1.0.0.dylib libusb-1.0.la
    – pdeli
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 13:38

Way too late, but there's an installer for this as well: https://github.com/martinpaljak/osx-ccid-installer

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