After some research, I found out that this is an issue in Ruby and I would need to manually specify an SSL certificate file. In this post I will share the specific steps I took to resolve this SSL_connect error on my Windows machine.
Ruby SSL_connect error on Windows
After installing Ruby and Ruby Dev Kit on my machine, I ran the command
gem install jekyll, however on first try it produced the following error:
The reason why this error occurs and how to resolve it has been explained in detail by Fletcher Nichol in this gist. Find below the exact steps I took to resolve this SSL certificate verification failure on Windows.
Fixing SSL_connect error on Windows
- Download the cacert.pem file and save this file to
- Open System in Control Panel
- Go to Advanced System Settings
- Click on Environment Variables
- Define a new System Variable with
SSL_CERT_FILE=C:\Rails\Installer\cacert.pemas shown in screen-shot below
- Close and reopen your command prompt for allowing the changes to take place
Now we have the SSL certificate file defined permanently in our System settings. This will allow us to install Ruby gems without anymore SSL errors. You should be able to install Jekyll as well as other Ruby gems such as Rouge, Bundle etc. In case you find the install command to be stuck for long time try running the following command to get a more verbose output.
gem install jekyll --debug -V
Hope you found this post useful and will be able to setup Jekyll on your Windows machine. :)