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Shell scripts for automated OSX machine setup.

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Shell scripts for automated OSX machine setup.



  1. OSX
  2. OSX Software Updates
  3. Xcode (with accepted license agreement)
  4. Command Line Tools for Xcode

OSX Mavericks Bootdisk

  1. Insert a USB drive (8GB or higher is best).
  2. Open Disk Utility and format the USB drive (leave the label as "Untitled").
  3. Download OSX Mavericks via the App Store but DO NOT INSTALL.
  4. Run this command to turn the USB drive into bootable image:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction
  5. Exit the OSX Mavericks install.
  6. Eject the USB drive.

OSX Mavericks Upgrade

  1. Insert the USB bootdisk into the machine to be upgraded.
  2. Reboot the machine.
  3. Hold down the OPTION key while the machine is rebooting.
  4. Select the USB bootdisk from the menu.
  5. Format the machine using Disk Utility.
  6. Install the new OS.

OSX Mavericks Reinstall

If you have already installed OSX but want to reinstall it, simply reboot the machine and hold down CONTROL+r. This will load the installer from the recovery partition and allow you to use Disk Utility, reinstall the system, etc.


Open a terminal window and execute one of the following setup sequences depending on your version preference:

Current Version (stable):

git clone git://
cd osx
git checkout v6.0.0

Master Version (unstable):

git clone git://
cd osx


Edit any of the *.sh files in the scripts folder to your liking and then open a terminal window to execute the following command:


Running the script will present the following options:

b: Apply basic system settings.
h: Install Homebrew software (i.e. non-GUI, command line interfaces).
a: Install application software (i.e. GUI-enabled).
x: Install application extensions (i.e. enhancements, add-ons, plug-ins, etc.)
d: Apply system and application defaults.
p: Apply software preferences.
s: Setup installed software.
w: Clean work directory.
i: Perform complete install (i.e. executes all options, listed above, top to bottom).
c: Check status of installed applications and extensions.
q: Quit/Exit.

Choose option 'i' to run all install tasks or select a specific option to run a single task. Each task is designed to be re-run if necessary. This can also be handy for performing upgrades, re-running a missing/failed install, etc.

The options prompt can be skipped by passing the desired option directly to the script. For example, executing "./ i" will execute the complete software install process.

It is recommended that the machine be rebooted after all install tasks have completed. Feel free to delete the osx project directory afterwards...or keep it around for future upgrades.


While the default settings for this project are opinionated and tailored for my specific setup, you can easily fork this project and customize the settings to your specific environment. Start by editing the files located in the settings project:

  • settings/ = Defines settings for machine name, applications, extensions, versions, paths, etc.
  • settings/rbenv-vars.txt = Defines global environment settings for Ruby development.

TIP: The installer determines which applications/extensions to install as defined by the script. Applications defined with the "APP_NAME" suffix and extensions defined with the "EXTENSION_PATH" suffix inform the installer what to care about. Removing/commenting out these applications/extensions within the file will cause the installer to skip these applications/extensions.

You can also modify the install scripts themselves by editing any of the following:

  • scripts/ = Applies basic system settings.
  • scripts/ = Installs Homebrew, command line, software.
  • scripts/ = Installs OSX, GUI-based, applications.
  • scripts/ = Installs application extensions.
  • scripts/ = Applies system and application defaults.
  • scripts/ = Applies software preferences.
  • scripts/ = Sets up and launches (if necessary) installed software.

All Bash functions, used by the scripts defined above, can be found in the functions folder.

App Store Software

I also recommend installing the following software found via the App Store:

Miscellaneous Software

The following software is optional:

Post Install Checklist

The following is a checklist of additional steps worth completing after the scripts have been executed:

  • Configure Security & Privacy:
    • Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins.
    • Show a message when the screen is locked. Example: " | | "
    • Enable FileVault.
  • Configure Wi-Fi.
  • Configure printer.
  • Configure scanner.
  • Configure Apple Mail and email accounts.
  • Configure Address Book.
  • Configure iCal.
  • Configure iTunes.
  • Configure Google Chrome:
    • Open Preferences:
      • Scroll to the bottom and click on "Show advanced settings".
      • Check "Check for server certificate revocation".
    • Open the Flags tab (i.e. chrome://flags)
      • Enable "Experimental Extension APIs".
      • Enable "Developer Tools Experiments".
      • Enable "Enable experimental Web Platform features".
    • Open Web Inspector Developer Tools (COMMAND+OPTION+I) and click the gear (lower right corner)
      • Click the Experiments tab.
        • Enable "FileSystem inspection".
        • Enable "Canvas inspection."
        • Enable "Support for SASS".
        • Enable "Snippets support".
      • Click the General tab.
        • Enable "Source maps".
        • Enable "Auto-reload CSS upon SASS save".
  • Configure previously installed applications.



Read Semantic Versioning for details. Briefly, it means:

  • Patch (x.y.Z) - Incremented for small, backwards compatible bug fixes.
  • Minor (x.Y.z) - Incremented for new, backwards compatible public API enhancements and/or bug fixes.
  • Major (X.y.z) - Incremented for any backwards incompatible public API changes.


Read CONTRIBUTING for details.


Developed by Brooke Kuhlmann at Red Alchemist


Copyright (c) 2012 Red Alchemist. Read the LICENSE for details.


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