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Installation Guidelines: Mac - Developer (Manual)

Install Apple developer tools

You will need Apple's Xcode Developer Tools (version 4.1 or later for Lion, 3.2 or later for Snow Leopard, or 3.1 or later for Leopard), found at the Apple Developer Connection site, on your Mac OS X installation CDs/DVD, or in the Mac App Store. Using the latest available version that will run on your OS is highly recommended. Ensure that the optional components for command line development are installed ("UNIX Development", plus "System Tools" in newer versions, or "Command Line Support" in older ones).

Caution: The Xcode download is over 3GB.

Install GIS tools

For some GIS features of Eden (e.g. if you would rather use PostgreSQL with PostGIS instead of MySQL) install the GDAL framework

Install Python

If you are currently running the default Python installation, several dependancies will fail to install. Be sure to install a version of Python, from Python Homepage

Install Python packages

You can use easy_install or pip for these installations. Be sure to include the "export" line, otherwise these will fail to install because they build for powerPC by default.

export ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386 -arch x86_64"
STATIC_DEPS=true sudo easy_install lxml
sudo easy_install shapely
sudo easy_install reportlab
sudo easy_install xlwt
sudo easy_install pyserial
sudo easy_install tweepy

If you want to use PostgreSQL - PostGIS (for which you will need GDAL, above):

  • Install the one clickInstaller sponsored by EnterpriseDB PostgreSQL and select also installation of PostGIS.
  • Following this post, install the Python database driver (substitute your path for PostgreSQL):
    sudo easy_install pip
    PATH=$PATH:/Library/PostgreSQL/8.4/bin/ sudo pip install psycopg2
    defaults write Prefer-32-Bit -bool yes
    (Without the last Web2py will not be able to find the PostgreSQL driver.)


  • lxml can give trouble on OS X. Try:
    • STATIC_DEPS=true sudo easy_install lxml (adapted from this blog post)
    • remove other libxml2 versions, such as may have been installed by fink or MacPorts - ONLY works in unmodified Python setup. In case you have modified your Python you must link some how the python directory with /frameworks/python otherwise lxml will not being found(not tested)


Install Web2Py & Sahana:

Note: See TracWiki for help on using the wiki.