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Getting Started on OS X

Julian Raschke edited this page Jan 20, 2017 · 16 revisions

Getting Started on macOS


Gosu depends on the SDL 2 library. Please install Homebrew and run brew install sdl2.

If you have not installed Ruby yet, I recommend also running brew install ruby. The problem with Apple's built-in Ruby is that it is often outdated and/or broken. The popular rvm tool is not compatible with Gosu. Ruby from Homebrew and rbenv are both good choices.

Installing Ruby/Gosu

Install the Gosu gem via gem install gosu.

To test whether everything works as expected, you can use this one-liner, which should open a window:

ruby -rgosu -e 'w =, 150); w.caption = "It works!";'

Or you can install and run the gosu-examples gem:

gem install gosu-examples

Creating a New C++ Gosu Project with Xcode

TODO: This does not yet explain how resource loading works: Add your resources to the Xcode project and use Gosu::resource_path to find them.

Gosu uses CocoaPods to streamline the Xcode project setup. Even though CocoaPods calls itself an "Objective C library manager", it is a great tool to integrate the C++ based Gosu library into your project along with all its dependencies. This is the recommended way to use Gosu if you want to port your game to iOS later.


  • Xcode from the Mac App Store
  • In Xcode, make sure to visit the preferences and install the Command Line Tools
  • CocoaPods, which can be installed using gem install cocoapods

Creating the project

Start Xcode and create a new project. Use the template 'macOS/Application/Cocoa Application':

None of the settings in the following dialog are required, so you can leave them all unchecked:

Remove & trash the following files:

  • Classes/AppDelegate.h
  • Classes/AppDelegate.m
  • Resources/MainMenu.xib

Now close the project, open your text editor of choice and create a file called Podfile in the same directory as your .xcodeproj:

platform :osx, '10.7'

pod 'Gosu', :git => ''

On the command line, navigate to the folder in which you created the Podfile and run pod install. This will create an .xcodeworkspace file that contains your project, Gosu and all of its dependencies.

Adding Code and Resources

At this point, your project still contains the main.m file that Xcode has generated for you. Rename it to main.cpp and replace its contents by the following code:

#include <Gosu/Gosu.hpp>

class MyWindow : public Gosu::Window
    : Gosu::Window(640, 480)
        set_caption("Hello World!");

int main()
    MyWindow window;;

If you "Build & Run" the project now (cmd+R), you should see an empty, black window with the caption "Hello World".

Using Gosu for C++ without CocoaPods

If you are not keen on using Xcode and/or CocoaPods, you can also install Gosu as a "normal" library using Homebrew:

brew install libgosu (formula here)

You can then use Gosu with CMake or pkg-config as demonstrated in Getting Started on Linux.

This is the recommended way to use Gosu for desktop games because it makes it easy to build on Linux.

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