Installing ERPNext on macOS

Installing ERPNext on macOS

We've written previously about installing the Docker container of ERPNext, but sometimes we don't want to rely on Docker, especially with macOS's Docker performance issues. This guide will walk you through installing ERPNext on a macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) computer.

This guide follows this guide by Dominik Ottenbreit pretty closely, but I've included screenshots to help you along. This works best on a clean install of macOS FYI and you'll need Administrative rights. It should take about 30 minutes give or take.

Start with the Prerequisites

We need to grab some packages required for Git etc to work, you might already have some of these, but it's always good to check. You'll need to be comfortable using Terminal, as there isn't a pretty drag-n-drop install for ERPNext, yet. Open terminal by pressing CMD + SPACE and typing Terminal.

XCode Tools

You don't need the full 5GB install of XCode, instead just download the 'command line tools'.

xcode-select --install

You'll be prompted to download the software, as well as agree to some T&Cs. On a 50mb connection, the process should take about 5 mins.

Installing XCode Tools


Copy and Paste this into your terminal:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

hit Enter, then type in your password
Hit the Enter key to confirm, then enter your password when requested.

Homebrew Cask

brew tap caskroom/cask

Cask allows you to easily install apps using Homebrew


brew install python

You'll need to change terminal's default Python to the one you've just installed, do this by running this command:

export PATH="/usr/local/opt/python/libexec/bin:$PATH"

Git, Node.JS, Redis, MariaDB & others

brew install git

brew install node

brew install redis
brew services start redis

brew install mariadb
brew services start mariadb

You'll need to run mysql_secure_installation to create a secure password, otherwise you'll run into problems.

When asked for the current password for root, just hit the Enter key, then Y when asked to set a root password and enter a new root password. You'll want to go ahead and remove the anonymous users, disallow root login remotely, test database and finally reload the privilege tables.

brew cask install Caskroom/cask/wkhtmltopdf

pip install virtualenvwrapper

pip install --upgrade pip

npm install -g yarn

Finally, clean up brew and brew cask.

brew cleanup --force
brew cask cleanup

Setting up Frappe Bench

First, we need to clone the Bench Repo from GitHub to your local machine, I've made a folder called 'Development' in my home directory, from terminal make this folder then navigate to it:

cd ~
mkdir Development
cd Development/
git clone bench-repo

Cloning Frappe

This may take a little while depending on your connection speed. Once that's cloned, you should see a folder called bench-repo within your Development folder, now install it by running:

pip install -e bench-repo
bench init frappe-bench

This again may take a few minutes, next navigate to the frappe-bench directory and then execute:

cd frappe-bench
bench get-app erpnext

This will download the ERPNext application for Frappe.
Now open my.cnf using Nano and add the following configuration:

sudo nano /usr/local/etc/my.cnf

character-set-client-handshake = FALSE
character-set-server = utf8mb4
collation-server = utf8mb4_unicode_ci

default-character-set = utf8mb4

Now run:
mysql.server start
bench new-site site1.local

You'll be asked to enter your MySQL root password, this is the password you set earlier.


You'll then be asked to set and Administrator password for ERPNext, don't forget this! Enter it twice to confirm.


After this has finished, run:
bench install-app erpnext

This installs the ERPNext applet onto the site you've just created. By default Frappe contains some basic apps such as Website, Contacts & Calendar. This process may take a few minutes, depending on your hardware.

Now, update bench before starting the application

bench update

You're ready to go! Start the site by running

bench start

Open your browser and navigate to: http://localhost:8000


Login using 'Administrator' as the email address and the password you set before. You'll then be guided through the setup process.

Starting ERPNext again

Simply navigate to the following directory and run the Bench Start command:

cd ~/Development/frappe-bench
bench start

Stopping ERPNext

Press CTRL + C inside the terminal to stop the application

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