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Config is a basic checklist I follow to set up a new Mac's development environment. It gets me up to speed with Git, Ruby, GitHub, Jekyll, and more so I can more quickly get back to coding.


File Description
.bash_profile Customizes the prompt and echoes the currently checked out Git branch.
.gitconfig Global Git configuration to specify my name and email, shortcuts, colors, and more.
.gitignore The ignore file from twbs/bootstrap that I use everywhere.

Shell script (WIP)

This repository includes a shell script for executing the bulk of the configuration process. First, install and agree to terms for Xcode, then download and run Strap. Then, enter the following in Terminal:

curl > ~/Downloads/ && bash ~/Downloads/

Many of the included macOS Terminal customizations are taken from and


1. Prep OS X

  • Download and install latest version of Xcode from the Mac App Store.
  • Open Terminal and trigger Xcode Command Line Tools installation: xcode-select --install

Be sure to open Xcode and agree to the terms of use.

2. Prep

3. Secure Git(Hub) access

4. GitHub dev setup

  • Download the Strap setup script for GitHub's foundational development setup.
  • Clone the github/github repository and run script/bootstrap.

5. Setup Ruby

Installing and managing Ruby with rbenv allows us to specify versions of Ruby on a per-project basis. It also means we can avoid running sudo commands for installing gems and more as it's not affecting OS X's system Ruby.

Having trouble with nokogiri? See

6. Additional dependencies

  • Install node via Homebrew: brew install node.
  • Install Sass, Jekyll, and Rouge: gem install bundler sass jekyll rouge.

7. Customize things

  • Disable LCD font smoothing
  • Hide desktop icons with defaults write CreateDesktop false; killall Finder
  • Set sidebar icons to Small

Use it yourself

Fork this repo, or just copy-paste things you need, and make it your own. Please be sure to change your .gitconfig name and email address though!

Works on my machine

Yup, it does. Hopefully it does on yours as well, but please don't hate me if it doesn't.



Personal checklist for setting up a new Mac's dev environment.







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