OSX Source Install

Preparing OSX

  1. Install Command Line Tools:

    xcode-select --install
  2. Install the Homebrew package manager:

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)
  3. Install libraries with brew:

    brew install python openssl cmake homebrew/science/hdf5 libjpeg pkg-config freetype libpng cartr/qt4/qt cartr/qt4/pyside cartr/qt4/shiboken

General source install

  1. Clone the Xi-cam repository and enter it:

    git clone https://github.com/ronpandolfi/Xi-cam.git && cd Xi-cam
  2. Install the virtualenv python package:

    pip install virtualenv
  3. Create a virtual environment and activate it:

    virtualenv venv --system-site-packages && source venv/bin/activate
  4. Upgrade pip:

    pip install --upgrade pip
  5. Install numpy:

    pip install --ignore-installed numpy
  6. Install Xi-cam:

    pip install .


  • Do not create the virtual environment using PyCharm; this will use an internal python resulting in broken links to the global site-packages.
  • Do not use the Pycharm terminal console; this console runs a unique shell which is missing path variables, resulting in failed installations of PySide etc.