Setting up Macbook Pro for Development
I have documented my setup for linux machines before before. However, lately I have been working a lot on my MacBook Pro. In this post, I want to document my setup for my macbook for my own future needs. I am always curious to see how other software developers are setting up their development machines so I figured it would be a good opportunity to share mine.
- 16 inch MacBook Pro 2019
- Processor: 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7
- Memory: 16 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
- Disk: 500 GB SSD
- Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
After getting a new Machine, first thing I do is re-install the OS with case-sensitive APFS disk, since by default it comes installed on a Case-insensitive APFS disk type. This can be done by rebooting the laptop with CMD+R pressed. Once it boots, use Disk Utility to reformat disk to the case-sensitive APFS format. Then re-install the OS that the laptop came with. Once the installation has finished, we can continue with the setup as usual.
I usually configure anything I can here like Wi-fi & Apple ID. The rest of the instructions will assume you made it through the setup and are on the desktop. Do not forget to select disk encryption via FileVault during this phase of the setup.
Now, please update your OS via System Preferences.
App Store Apps
Here is a list of App Store Apps that I use:
- 1Blocker (Ad blocker for Safari)
- Irvue (for Wallpapers)
- Bear (for taking Notes)
- Fantastical 2
- Spark Email App: Setup Spark as Defult app in the Mail App preferences.
- The Unarchiver
Here are some of the other Apps that I download directly from their websites:
I preferably use iTerm as command line tool. One thing I like to do is customize the colors and a great resource for that is https://iterm2colorschemes.com/. In particular, I like following colorschemas:
- Monokai Vivid
- Monokai Remastered
- Oceanic Material
- New Moon
- SpaceGray Eighties
- SpaceGray Eighties Dull
- Tomorrow Night Eighties
- Tango Adapted
Now, first thing I install is HomeBrew. Before you install HomeBrew though you need to install the
Xcode command line utilities. Open a terminal in iTerm 2 and type:
The Command Line Tools Package is a small self-contained package available for download separately from Xcode and that allows you to do command line development in OS X.
Now, install HomeBrew:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Once the installation finishes, run
brew help to get all commands, and run
brew update to update to the latest version.
I typically use
BrewFile from brew bundle to maintain all things installed via HomeBrew on different machines. You can look at my BrewFile here.
I just run following command to install all desired things via brew:
brew bundle --file ~/.config/BrewFile
You can save your current BrewFile at current directory using:
By the above bundle, I have installed all desired programs, fonts and casks like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Lastly, I make
fish as my default shell and configure it. Please look at my detailed post on fish shell for this.
Few other small configurations for iTerm include:
- set FuraCode Nerd Font in Profile Text settings
- set desired ColorSchema in Profile Colors settings
- set Columns to 154 and Rows to 44, under Profile Window settings
- set Option keys to be used as Meta keys under Profile Keys settings. This is needed for ALT keys to work properly for fish shell.
Following are details of my other additional configurations:
Configuring the Trackpad
To make the trackpad behave correctly, ensure that these settings are enabled:
- System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to click
- System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Mouse & Trackpad -> Trackpad Options… -> Enable dragging
BrewFile setup above installs git. My gitconfig can be found in my dot files repo at yadm-dotfiles.
First enable ssh server by checking System Preferences -> Sharing -> Remote Login. You can also update the system hostname here.
If you do not have already from the older machine, new ssh keys can be generated as follows:
ssh-keygen -t rsa
Also, if you have any config for connecting to different servers, you can add a
Finally, to enable password-less login to this machine, you will need to add keys of the machines to the
$HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file. Similarly, to allow this machine to have password-less access to other machines, we will need to add the public key of this machine to the
authorized_keys file of those machines. Also, do not forget to update the public key on github to have password-less access to github repositories.
Visual Studio Code Setup
Install VSCode from the official website. Add the binary location path
/Applications/Visual Studio Code.app/Contents/Resources/app/bin/ to the PATH. This makes
code comand available from the command line.
I use Settings Sync extension to manage my VSCode settings across different machines. After installing VSCode, I just install this extension and sync it via my github gist. You can see all my settings at this gist.
This concludes our setup of MacBook Pro for development. Please do let me know, if you have some other interesting ways to setup your machine that could be useful to me and others.