This page gives you an overview about how to get EiffelStudio running on your Mac (Mavericks or above).
- 1 Requirements
- 2 Installation
- 3 Starting EiffelStudio installed via MacPorts
- 4 Hints
- 5 FAQ
- X11: install version 2.7.5 minimum from http://xquartz.macosforge.org.
- You will need to install Xcode from the App Store. After installing Xcode, make sure to install the command line tools by typing:
This will popup a dialog asking if you want to install the command line developer tools.
MacPorts is a tool that allows you to use many Unix applications on the Mac. We have created a package in the MacPorts repository that allows you to to install Eiffel Studio with all dependencies in a convenient way. First, install MacPorts.
Now simply type (from a bash terminal):
sudo port install eiffelstudio
This will actually compile and install the whole EiffelStudio delivery and it takes about 15 minutes on a 2013 Mac.
When a new release of the same version EiffelStudio becomes available, you can upgrade like so:
sudo port selfupdate sudo port upgrade outdated
brew update brew tap homebrew/x11 brew install eiffelstudio
Using binary packages
Download the latest .tar.bz2 package from the Eiffel Software site that matches MacPorts or Homebrew. Then follow the same instructions as the Linux version to setup the environment variables needed to run EiffelStudio. Keep the ISE_PLATFORM value to macosx-x86-64.
Starting EiffelStudio installed via MacPorts
Simply navigate to /Applications/MacPorts/EiffelXX and double click the EiffelStudio icon.
Alternatively, you can also start EiffelStudio from the command line by entering the command 'estudio' or use the command-line eiffel compiler 'ec'.
- Pick and Drop works with Apple-key + mouse click.
- To set up the correct (default) browsers use "open" as your command-line browser in Tools>Preferences...
- The F10 and F11 debugging shortcuts conflict with the standard Exposé keys. Here are some workarounds:
- Use the toolbar instead.
- Reassign these shortcuts in EiffelStudio (Tools>Preferences).
- Reassign the Exposé keys in System Preferences.
How can I make EiffelStudio on the Mac look nicer?
- From macports, install the gtk2 (if not already installed) and gtk-chtheme packets. Then run gtk-chtheme and you get a nice GUI to choose your theme. Additional GTK themes can be put in /opt/local/share/themes/ (There a thousands of them on the web, for example here : http://art.gnome.org/themes/gtk2)
Typing ec or estudio on the command line doesn't work
To run the ec compiler from your shell, set up variables similar to these (e.g. in ~/.profile):
# Setting variables for EiffelStudio. export ISE_EIFFEL=/Applications/MacPorts/Eiffel66 export ISE_PLATFORM=macosx-ppc (or macosx-x86) export ISE_PROJECTS=$HOME export ES_PATH=$ISE_EIFFEL/studio/spec/$ISE_PLATFORM/bin export PATH=$ES_PATH:$PATH
The latest release of EiffelStudio isn't available yet via MacPorts
If you want to upgrade to the latest release of EiffelStudio, but it isn't available yet via MacPorts, the easiest and quickest thing is to install from binary packages as noted above. Nonetheless, if you really want to install it via MacPorts, here's how.
MacPorts installs a particular version of EiffelStudio by following the rules defined in a Portfile. For example, http://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/lang/eiffelstudio71/Portfile is the Portfile for EiffelStudio 7.1. The person who maintains EiffelStudio for MacPorts has to write this file and upload it, but they might not have done so yet. You could make enquiries about when it will be available, but if you want to get the latest urgently it isn't hard to write your own Portfile and run it locally. Here's how.
http://guide.macports.org/#development.local-repositories explains how to do it.
- Go to https://sourceforge.net/projects/eiffelstudio/files and download the relevant PorterPackage file.
- Run openssl to find out the checksum of the PorterPackage file. E.g., for EiffelStudio 7.2 the command is openssl rmd160 ~/Downloads/PorterPackage_72_91284_gpl.tar.
- Open /opt/local/etc/macports/sources.conf in a text editor (with super user privileges). Insert a line as explained on http://guide.macports.org, e.g., file:///Applications/MacPorts/ports
- Create the Portfile in a text editor, e.g., file:///Applications/MacPorts/ports/lang/eiffelstudio72/Portfile
- Copy the contents of the most recently available EiffelStudio Portfile (e.g., from http://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/lang/eiffelstudio71/Portfile) into your Portfile.
- Correct the name, minor_version and version.
- Make sure that the distname will resolve to the current PorterPackage file name that you see on https://sourceforge.net/projects/eiffelstudio/files
- Set the first checksums to the value that you got earlier from running openssl.
- You've finished writing your Portfile. Save it!
- Go to the ports directory, e.g., cd /Applications/MacPorts/ports
- sudo portindex
- You should now be able to install in the usual way, e.g., sudo port install eiffelstudio72