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Laptop is a script to set up a Mac OS X laptop for development.


  • Install a C compiler, such as GCC, LLVM, or Clang.

Download a compiler from the OS X GCC Installer if you're on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) or use the Command Line Tools for XCode for Lion (OS X 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

  • Set zsh as your login shell.

To change your login shell run this from a Terminal:

chsh -s /bin/zsh


Run the script:

zsh < <(curl -s

 What it sets up

  • GitHub SSH-keys
  • Ruby through RVM
  • rails gem
  • heroku gem
  • mysql2 gem
  • pg gem
  • mongodb gem
  • foreman gem
  • capistrano gem
  • Homebrew
  • MySQL
  • Postgres
  • MongoDB
  • ack
  • tmux
  • ImageMagick
  • QT
  • Heroku plugins

It should take less than 30 minutes to install (depends on your machine).


Laptop is funded by thoughtbot, inc. I forked the original repo, laptop, to use it with some changes on my own MacBook.

Thank you to all the contributors!

The names and logos for thoughtbot are trademarks of thoughtbot, inc.


Laptop is Copyright © 2011-2012 thoughtbot, inc. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.

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