This multipart series will take you through how to setup a Python development environment on OS X Yosemite & El Capitan. We will setup Python…and the various helpers I use for Django development. We’ll also install a few other applications I make use of in my day-to-day coding activities. For this first part, we’ll go through settings up the various helper applications we’ll end up using for our Python setup
Enabling Writing to NTFS
Install Homebrew and Homebrew Cask
For anyone new to OS X, homebrew is a package manager, and it enables you to install command-line applications and libraries that would require manual compilation. While Homebrew Cask extends Homebrew.
To install homebrew, run this command on your terminal:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
To get Homebrew Cask run this command on your terminal:
brew tap caskroom/cask
We’re now ready to install osxfuse…El Capitan users will want to install the 3.x.x version (3.1.0 or higher would be best) to avoid System integrity Protection issues https://github.com/osxfuse/osxfuse/releases. For Yosemite, brew will suffice
brew cask install osxfuse
The final step to give you write-access to NTFS will be to install ntfs3g.
brew install homebrew/fuse/ntfs-3g
If using El Capitan, System Integrity Protection’s fs role will first need to be disabled. This is needed to enable writing to
- reboot and hold CMD+R to go into recovery mode
- Run this on a terminal:
$ csrutil disable
- reboot normally
Create a symlink to mount NTFS
sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.original sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs
Remember to re-enable System Integrity Protection (and re-lock the system directories) if you’d previously disabled it (same steps as before), only run
$ csrutil enable
After that you should now be able to read and write to your NTFS drives.
Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for OS X and iOS. While you don’t need the entire suite, you’ll want to install the command line tools. Run this command then follow the instructions:
It’s always recommended to have a VCS in place when you’re writing your code….this way you can always revert to a previously working version of your code if you break something along the line. It’s a matter of personal preference which VCS you use, but I like git. And for anyone new to VCS, this handy guide explains it all.
To install git:
brew install git
Next step is to configure git for your setup. If you haven’t configured your SSH keys, that would be the first thing. If you get stuck, this Github link will help
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "<your-email-address>" git config --global user.name "<your-name>" git config --global user.email "<your-email-address>"
After this add your key to your Github account (same process for Bitbucket or any other code hosting site where you can upload your SSH keys).
- You can never be too careful with your code so it’s always a good idea to enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.
- For Android users, if you change phones frequently, instead of the Google Authenticator app, you can check out Authy…it’s slightly better since it has a clud backup feature, and if you’re a Chrome user, you can even register your browser as an MFA device
That’s it for the basics…in the next blog post we’ll get down and dirty with getting Python running