Setting up your Mac for Development

These instructions work for OS X 10.8. You might need to google around for certain steps if you have an older version.


Download from the Apple App Store. This will take a while, 1.5 gb.
When Xcode has finished, go to Xcode Preferences

Sublime Text 2

Sublime is a popular text editor that has many easily configurable packages to help you find your ideal workflow. It will prompt you to pay for a license often but never forces you to pay.

Useful packages:


Homebrew is a package manager for OS X. It allows you to install various software bundles easily from the command line.

Run this in the terminal

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"


Git is a version control system for software. If you're going to collaborate with anyone you'll likely be using this software.

Use HomeBrew to install git.

Run this in the terminal

brew install git


Zsh is an alternative to bash. It offers auto completion and easily configurable command prompts. More information

Run this in the terminal

curl -L | sh

Add a command prompt syntax highlighter.
This shows you if the command line utility you're trying to use is installed on your computer by highlighting it as green or red.

Ran this in the terminal

git clone git:// ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting

In your .zshrc, add zsh-syntax-highlighting to the plugins


Increase your key-repeat rate and Remap your capslock key

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