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macOS 10.12 Sierra Setup

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.

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 (if you are already signed in, then it will tell you):

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!

Confirm the Xcode license if you left Xcode in the Brewfile:

sudo xcodebuild -license

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 "code -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 the View > 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"

aww yeah

tap "caskroom/cask"
tap "caskroom/drivers"
tap "caskroom/fonts"
tap "homebrew/bundle"
tap "homebrew/core"
tap "homebrew/fuse"
tap "homebrew/science"
tap "homebrew/services"
tap "mapbox/cli"
tap "pothosware/pothos"
cask "osxfuse"
brew "ack"
brew "readline"
brew "asciinema"
brew "autoconf"
brew "autojump"
brew "automake"
brew "isl"
brew "mpfr"
brew "libmpc"
brew "gcc"
brew "p7zip"
brew "ssdeep"
brew "binwalk"
brew "freetype"
brew "gettext"
brew "colordiff"
brew "coreutils"
brew "curl"
brew "libgpg-error"
brew "libassuan"
brew "libgcrypt"
brew "libksba"
brew "pth"
brew "dirmngr"
brew "foremost"
brew "git"
brew "fzf"
brew "git-flow"
brew "git-standup"
brew "pinentry"
brew "gnupg"
brew "go"
brew "gpg-agent"
brew "gx"
brew "gx-go"
brew "heroku"
brew "htop"
brew "hub"
brew "icoutils"
brew "icu4c"
brew "jpeg"
brew "libtool"
brew "imagemagick"
brew "ipfs"
brew "libevent"
brew "memcached"
brew "libmemcached"
brew "libusb-compat"
brew "libxml2"
brew "libyaml"
brew "mas"
brew "openssl@1.1"
brew "protobuf"
brew "mitmproxy"
brew "mobile-shell"
brew "mtr"
brew "mysql"
brew "nmap"
brew "node"
brew "nvm"
brew "ossp-uuid"
brew "pkg-config"
brew "python"
brew "postgresql", restart_service: true
brew "qemu"
brew "speedtest_cli"
brew "sshfs"
brew "sslsplit"
brew "tcpflow"
brew "tmux"
brew "utf8proc"
brew "wget"
cask "adobe-creative-cloud"
cask "amazon-drive"
cask "amazon-music"
cask "android-studio"
cask "anvil"
cask "atom"
cask "boinc"
cask "cocoapods-app"
cask "discord"
cask "docker-toolbox"
cask "dropbox"
cask "firefox"
cask "font-hack-nerd-font"
cask "font-menlo-for-powerline"
cask "github-desktop"
cask "google-chrome"
cask "google-earth"
cask "grandperspective"
cask "hipchat"
cask "hyper"
cask "iterm2"
cask "java"
cask "joinme"
cask "keybase"
cask "little-snitch"
cask "livereload"
cask "lunchy"
cask "macdown"
cask "mono-mdk"
cask "ngrok"
cask "obs"
cask "opera"
cask "parallels-desktop"
cask "rescuetime"
cask "sidestep"
cask "sketch"
cask "skitch"
cask "skype"
cask "sonos"
cask "soundflower"
cask "spotify"
cask "steam"
cask "sublime-text"
cask "transmit"
cask "visual-studio"
cask "visual-studio-code"
cask "vlc"
cask "wdfirmwareupdater"
mas "Blackmagic Disk Speed Test", id: 425264550
mas "CARROT Weather", id: 993487541
mas "CCMenu", id: 603117688
mas "DrCleaner", id: 921458519
mas "", id: 992958444
mas "iMovie", id: 408981434
mas "Magnet", id: 441258766
mas "QuickBooks", id: 640830064
mas "Slack", id: 803453959
mas "WiFi Explorer", id: 494803304
mas "WiFi Signal", id: 525912054
mas "Xcode", id: 497799835
# Install zgen
git clone "${HOME}/.zgen"
# Setup ~/.zshrc
curl -o ~/.zshrc
# Run ZSH so that everything initializes
# Change user shell to zsh
# Setup RVM
gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3
echo progress-bar > ~/.curlrc
curl -sSL | bash
# Install Ruby
rvm install 2.3
# Install powder/pow
gem install powder
powder install
# Setup symbolic link to cloud backed work dir
ln -s Cloud/Dropbox/work ~/work
# load zgen
source "${HOME}/.zgen/zgen.zsh"
# if the init scipt doesn't exist
if ! zgen saved; then
echo "Creating a zgen save"
zgen prezto prompt theme 'sorin'
#zgen prezto tmux:auto-start local 'yes'
zgen prezto editor key-bindings 'vi'
zgen prezto utility:ls color 'yes'
zgen prezto '*:*' case-sensitive 'yes'
zgen prezto '*:*' color 'yes'
zgen prezto
zgen prezto git
zgen prezto environment
zgen prezto terminal
zgen prezto editor
zgen prezto directory
zgen prezto spectrum
zgen prezto utility
zgen prezto prompt
zgen prezto archive
zgen prezto ruby
zgen prezto rails
zgen prezto command-not-found
#zgen prezto tmux
zgen prezto fasd
zgen prezto history-substring-search
zgen prezto syntax-highlighting
zgen load m42e/prezto_extras
zgen load caarlos0/zsh-git-sync
zgen load TBSliver/zsh-plugin-colored-man
zgen load mafredri/zsh-async
zgen load junegunn/fzf shell
zgen load zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting
zgen load tarruda/zsh-autosuggestions
zgen save
autoload -Uz add-zsh-hook
add-zsh-hook precmd newline-after-command
function newline-after-command() {
print ''
bindkey '^T' fzf-completion
# Node
export NVM_DIR=~/.nvm
source $(brew --prefix nvm)/
# Ruby
export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.rvm/bin"
# Git / Github
export GITHUB_USERNAME=kevinelliott
alias git-prune="git branch --merged master | grep -v \"\* master\" | grep -v \" master\" | xargs -n 1 git branch -d"
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CaDs commented Oct 3, 2016

thanks pal!

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You're welcome @CaDs

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Thank you. Helped me transitioning!

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Very cool @tiatulimp ...

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Cant install capybara-webkit, did someone have the same problem?

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@talesmantovani That is outdated now. I will test and replace with the correct one.

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Just what I needed to start with. Thanks.

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shunchu commented Aug 4, 2017

Thanks, @kevinelliott. This was super helpful. It was a great starting point for my own setup!

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@shunchu You got it buddy!

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It's not complete, but the my new gist for 10.13 is here --

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