The symlink libssl.so.6 shows up in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu, and I ran ldconfig but I still get this error:

error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Is it a permissions issue or the link is not properly defined?

Update after running ldd on the binary:

    linux-vdso.so.1 =>  (0x00007fff1efe2000)
    libssl.so.6 => not found
    libcrypto.so.6 => not found
    libuuid.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libuuid.so.1 (0x00007feb2a3c4000)
    librt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1 (0x00007feb2a1bb000)
    libcrypt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypt.so.1 (0x00007feb29f82000)
    libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007feb29d65000)
    libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0x00007feb29b60000)
    libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007feb297a1000)
    /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007feb2b159000)
  • Run the ldd command on the binary that is showing this error and update your question with the output.
    – devnull
    Feb 24, 2015 at 17:22

1 Answer 1


From the ldd command it looks like the binary is looking in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu and not /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu where you found the symlink.

Try running these and see if you still get the same error:

sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so.1.0.0 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so.6
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so.1.0.0 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so.6
  • I ran similar 'sudo ln' commands without understanding what's going on, but things work fine now!
    – blueseal
    Feb 24, 2015 at 19:54
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    @blueseal, ln -s creates a symlink from the libssl.so.1.0.0 binary to libssl.so.6 filename in the /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu directory. sudo permissions are needed as /lib is a root directory.
    – devnull
    Feb 24, 2015 at 19:55
  • I can't upvote, but I really appreciate your effort for the clarification!
    – blueseal
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:27
  • @blueseal, don't worry. Glad to help!
    – devnull
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:35
  • I try ln not works, but I move these to the lib dir works Jan 6, 2017 at 6:59

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