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Clean Install – Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Custom recipe to get OS X 10.9 Mavericks running from scratch, setup applications and developer environment. 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.

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.

Install from App Store

Install from Third-Party Websites


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#Xcode Command Line Tools

Xcode > Preferences > Downloads > Command Line Tools


Install Homebrew

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Install Homebrew extension Cask

brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask

Install common applications via Homebrew

Databases are installed later.

brew install ack autojump automake colordiff curl git git-flow \
             hub icoutils imagemagick libmemcached memcached openssl ossp-uuid qt \
             readline redis tmux wget

Install applications via Homebrew Cask

brew cask install anvil
brew cask install atom
brew cask install authy-bluetooth
brew cask install awareness
brew cask install bartender
brew cask install battery-guardian
brew cask install github
brew cask install google-chrome
brew cask install hipchat
brew cask install joinme
brew cask install iterm2
brew cask install parallels
brew cask install rescuetime
brew cask install rubymine
brew cask install satellite-eyes
brew cask install sidestep
brew cask install sonos
brew cask install spotify
brew cask install steam
brew cask install testflight
brew cask install vagrant
brew cask install vagrant-manager
brew cask install virtualbox


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 0.02

#Set a shorter Delay until key repeat
defaults write NSGlobalDomain InitialKeyRepeat -int 12

#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 kevin-rmbp


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

mkdir -p ~/bin && ln -s "/Applications/Sublime" ~/bin/subl

Install Package Control

import urllib2,os; pf='Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp=sublime.installed_packages_path(); os.makedirs(ipp) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None; urllib2.install_opener(urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.ProxyHandler())); open(os.path.join(ipp,pf),'wb').write(urllib2.urlopen(''+pf.replace(' ','%20')).read()); print 'Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation'

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

    "close_windows_when_empty": true,
    "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Tomorrow/Tomorrow-Night-Eighties.tmTheme",
    "draw_indent_guides": false,
    "font_face": "Mensch",
    "font_size": 18,
    "highlight_modified_tabs": true,
    "show_tab_close_buttons": false,
    "tab_size": 2,
    "spell_check": false,
    "theme": "Soda Light.sublime-theme",
    "word_separators": "./\\()\"'-:,.;<>~!@#%^&*|+=[]{}`~?"

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 docker boot2docker
boot2docker init
boot2docker up


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


brew uninstall v8
gem uninstall libv8
gem install libv8-


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

aww yeah


I gathered my own gist from various sources such as your gist:


Awesome @kimmobrunfeldt. I'll check it out in more detail and draw some inspiration from it.


Just to let everyone know, I'm starting a new version of this gist at for OS X 10.10 Yosemite since you liked this so much. Watch it over the next few weeks as I introduce changes that are specific to Yosemite.


Thanks for this!

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