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Compiling BRL-CAD with Xcode on Mac OS X


An already built and running version of BRL-CAD for Mac OS X can be downloaded from here, or these steps will guide you through the process of how to compiling it yourself.

Obtain Dev Tools

Download the latest version of CMake for Mac OS X. Once downloaded, follow the instructions to install CMake and be sure to select the box for installing the CMake Command Line tools:


The latest version of the BRL-CAD source is also required, which can be obtained here.

You will also need Xcode, which can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. When installing, make sure you install the unix development command-line tools. Or if Xcode is already installed on your system, you can install the command line tools (or double-check to make sure you have them) by navigating to Xcode Preferences > Downloads and in the components tab, you should see Command Line Tools:



Navigate to the BRL-CAD source directory you downloaded and create a new folder titled "brlcad-build." This is where we will store the configured build:


Open Terminal (in /User/Applications/Utilities) and cd to the location of the BRL-CAD source folder (Note: you can type cd, press the spacebar, and then drag the brlcad folder to copy its search path):

 cd brlcad

Now, we will need to configure the source files and install them (Note: this may take some time):

 cd brlcad-build
 cmake ..
 sudo make install

We can now build a BRL-CAD xcode project that we can use to compile BRL-CAD. Be sure to cd to the brlcad-x.y.z and run the following command:


The Xcode project file that should result.