5/21/2017 - 1:40 AM

macOS 10.12 Sierra Setup

macOS 10.12 Sierra Setup

tap 'caskroom/cask'
tap 'homebrew/bundle'
tap 'homebrew/core'
tap 'homebrew/services'
brew 'ack'
brew 'autoconf'
brew 'autojump'
brew 'xz'
brew 'automake'
brew 'colordiff'
brew 'libpng'
brew 'freetype'
brew 'git'
brew 'git-flow'
brew 'hub'
brew 'icoutils'
brew 'libtool'
brew 'jpeg'
brew 'libtiff'
brew 'imagemagick'
brew 'openssl'
brew 'libevent'
brew 'memcached'
brew 'libmemcached'
brew 'libxml2'
brew 'mas'
brew 'mysql'
brew 'ossp-uuid'
brew 'readline'
brew 'postgresql'
brew 'tmux'
brew 'wget'
cask 'adobe-creative-cloud'
cask 'amazon-drive'
cask 'amazon-music'
cask 'android-studio'
cask 'anvil'
cask 'applepi-baker'
cask 'atom'
cask 'cocoapods-app'
cask 'docker-toolbox'
cask 'dropbox'
cask 'firefox'
cask 'github-desktop'
cask 'google-chrome'
cask 'grandperspective'
cask 'iterm2'
cask 'java'
cask 'joinme'
cask 'livereload'
cask 'ngrok'
cask 'opera'
cask 'parallels-desktop'
cask 'rescuetime'
cask 'sidestep'
cask 'skitch'
cask 'skype'
cask 'sonos'
cask 'spotify'
cask 'steam'
cask 'sublime-text'
cask 'transmit'
cask 'vagrant'
cask 'vagrant-manager'
cask 'visual-studio-code'
mas 'QuickBooks', id: 640830064
mas 'CARROT Weather', id: 993487541
mas 'iMovie', id: 408981434
mas 'Pages', id: 409201541
mas 'Xcode', id: 497799835
mas 'Veertu', id: 1024069033
mas 'Slack', id: 803453959
mas 'WiFi Explorer', id: 494803304
mas 'WiFi Signal', id: 525912054
mas 'Numbers', id: 409203825

macOS 10.12 Sierra Setup

Custom recipe to get macOS 10.12 Sierra running from scratch, setup applications and developer environment. This is very similar (and currently mostly the same) as my 10.11 El Capitan setup recipe and 10.10 Yosemite setup recipe. I am currently tweaking this for 10.12 Sierra and expect to refine this gist over the next few weeks.

I use this gist to keep track of the important software and steps required to have a functioning system after a semi-annual fresh install. I generally reinstall each computer from scratch every 6 months, and I do not perform upgrades between releases.

This keeps the system performing at top speeds, clean of trojans, spyware, and ensures that I maintain good organizational practices for my content and backups. I highly recommend this.

You are encouraged to fork this and modify it to your heart's content to match your own needs.

If you find it useful: feel free to shoot me an email, leave a comment, or tell others about it.

Install Software

The software selected is software that is "tried and true" --- software I need after any fresh install. I often install other software not listed here, but is handled in a case-by-case basis.



ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Xcode Command Line Tools

During install of Homebrew, the script will kindly detect that you have not yet installed Xcode Command Line Tools, and pop up a dialog asking if you want to install it. Yes, you do. I defer to install the full Xcode until later since the download takes longer and I want to keep moving forward. For now, just the Xcode Command Line Tools.

Confirm the license:

sudo xcodebuild -license

Mac App Store Command Line Tools

The mas command by argon is a handy tool to interact with the App Store without needing to point and click, search, and otherwise need manual intervention. This lets us install the next batch of software very quickly using Terminal.

Now that Homebrew is installed, it's easy to get mas:

brew install mas

Then signin to the Mac App Store for the first time:

mas signin YOUR@EMAIL.COM

Install binaries from a Brewfile (apps from App Store using mas, apps from Cask)

Retrieve Brewfile

curl -o Brewfile

Edit Brewfile for last minute changes

You may wish to add or remove a few App Store or Cask items before initiating Homebrew to install all of the applications. If you wish to review these now you may examine the Brewfile now.

Install apps

brew bundle install

This will take some time, especially if you have a slow internet connection and because Xcode is huge. But it's faster than you having to search the App Store app and click to install for each of these!

Install from Third-Party Websites


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Xcode Command Line Tools

Xcode > Preferences > Downloads > Command Line Tools


Install Parallels plugin for Vagrant

vagrant plugin install vagrant-parallels

See for more details.


Install custom .dotfiles

git clone ~/.dotfiles

Update .bash_profile

echo 'source ~/.dotfiles/' >> ~/.bash_profile

OS X Preferences

#Set a blazingly fast keyboard repeat rate
defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 1

#Set a shorter Delay until key repeat
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 10

#Add a context menu item for showing the Web Inspector in web views
defaults write NSGlobalDomain WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

#Show the ~/Library folder
chflags nohidden ~/Library

#Store screenshots in subfolder on desktop
mkdir ~/Desktop/Screenshots
defaults write location ~/Desktop/Screenshots

Set hostname

sudo scutil --set HostName SpaceX-Falcon-9


Setup Github

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""

# Copy ssh key to
subl ~/.ssh/

# Test connection
ssh -T

# Set git config values
git config --global "Kevin Elliott"
git config --global ""
git config --global github.user kevinelliott
git config --global github.token your_token_here

git config --global core.editor "subl -w"
git config --global color.ui true

Sublime Text

Add Sublime Text CLI

This is done automatically by Homebrew Cask.

Install Package Control

Run Sublime Text 3 and access the console via the CTRL + ``` shortcut or theView > Show Console` menu.

import urllib.request,os,hashlib; h = '7183a2d3e96f11eeadd761d777e62404' + 'e330c659d4bb41d3bdf022e94cab3cd0'; pf = 'Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp = sublime.installed_packages_path(); urllib.request.install_opener( urllib.request.build_opener( urllib.request.ProxyHandler()) ); by = urllib.request.urlopen( '' + pf.replace(' ', '%20')).read(); dh = hashlib.sha256(by).hexdigest(); print('Error validating download (got %s instead of %s), please try manual install' % (dh, h)) if dh != h else open(os.path.join( ipp, pf), 'wb' ).write(by)

See for more information. Their site has a note that this install code will change for each new release, so it would be good to check once in a while.

Install Packages

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Install Soda Theme

git clone git:// ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 2/Packages/Theme\ -\ Soda

Install Tomorrow Theme

git clone git:// ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 2/Packages/Color\ Scheme\ -\ Tomorrow


Sublime Text > Preferences > Settings - User

  "bold_folder_labels": true,
  "close_windows_when_empty": true,
  "color_scheme": "Packages/User/SublimeLinter/Monokai-Cobalt (SL).tmTheme",
  "draw_indent_guides": false,
  "fade_fold_buttons": false,
  "font_face": "Source Code Pro",
  "font_size": 16,
  "highlight_line": true,
  "highlight_modified_tabs": true,
  "show_tab_close_buttons": false,
  "spell_check": false,
  "tab_size": 2,
  "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
  "theme": "Soda Light.sublime-theme",
  "word_separators": "./\\()\"'-:,.;<>~!@#%^&*|+=[]{}`~?",
  "word_wrap": true

Key Bindings

    { "keys": ["super+b"], "command": "expand_selection", "args": {"to": "brackets"} },
    { "keys": ["super+f"], "command": "show_panel", "args": {"panel": "replace"} },
    { "keys": ["super+alt+f"], "command": "show_panel", "args": {"panel": "find"} }


git clone "/Users/Joel/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/Byte"



brew install mysql
brew pin mysql

MySQL Settings

# Copy launch agent into place
mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents && cp /usr/local/Cellar/mysql/VERSION/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

# Edit launch agent and set both keepalive and launch at startup to false
vi ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

# Inject launch agent
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

# Set up databases to run as your user account
unset TMPDIR && mysql_install_db --verbose --user=`whoami` --basedir="$(brew --prefix mysql)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp

# Start mysql
start mysql

# Secure mysql


brew install postgres --no-ossp-uuid
brew pin postgres

PostgreSQL Settings

# Initialize db if none exists already
initdb /usr/local/var/postgres

# Create launchctl script
mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
cp /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/VERSION/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

# Edit launchctl script (set to not start automatically and keepalive false)
subl ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist

# Inject launchctl script
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist

# Start PostgreSQL
start pg

Ruby Gems

libv8 / therubyracer

brew uninstall v8
gem uninstall libv8
brew install v8
gem install therubyracer
gem install libv8 -v -- --with-system-v8


brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew install libxml2 libxslt libiconv
gem install nokogiri -- --with-iconv-dir=/usr/local/Cellar/libiconv/VERSION/


brew install -v --HEAD --without-ssse3
gem install capybara-webkit -v '0.9.0'