CocoaPods – Installation

First time I read about CocoaPods, I didn’t think much about it. It said that it’s a the best way to manage Objective-C libraries and the dependencies. Well, I can manage my own library usage myself, no thanks.

Lately I saw many more libraries offer to install via CocoaPods. OK, I’ll give it try, nothing to lose. Let’s install it first.


The homepage at offers simple installation steps. Just open Terminal and hit command:

When I tried it, nothing happen! It’s just blank, no progress/status message, no nothing. So I have to kill it by “ctrl-c”. I have made sure that I have Ruby which is the prerequisite as CocoaPods will run on top of Ruby. After reading CocoaPods issues on GitHub, I found nothing that fits my case. What I should do is find a way to verbose installation so I know what’s wrong.

Then I tried this command:

Viola! It outputs something. Looking at the verbosed messages, turned out it run well all this time, only took time to complete :)

After waiting about 5 minutes, installation was successful! Let’s play around with CocoaPods.

Then when I tried to do “pod setup”, it said:

OK, let’s update the RubyGems then by hitting command:

Don’t forget to use sudo, as it will be failed due to permission issue. Now that the RubyGems was updated, I tried to run “pod setup” again.

Installing Pod

Now I want to install a Pod here. First I create a Podfile, by hitting command from Terminal:

Then a text editor was opened. I input this text:

Save the file and issuing this command at Terminal:

Boom! I got error

Seems my default setting for iOS platform is set to 4.3. Let’s set to iOS 6.0 as required by the Pod I want to install. I edit Podfile again:

Then hit “pod install” again. The messages:

And it’s successful! Yay!

*Note: CollectionViewBlock is my Xcode project. You should do all those commands in the working directory of your Xcode project, I guess :)