My OSX setup

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I have a really simple setup for my Mac, the idea being I can quickly get setup and start working on a new machine without to much kerfuffle. Here is a quick overview of the code I normally use to get going quickly.

Feel at home script

OSX has a few default settings that aren’t great if you’re a developer (Such as hiding file extensions). Ben Nunney wrote a super useful shell script to quickly configure OSXs settings, which I normally use.

After running Bens script, I run a few extra configuration settings to make OSX feel a little snappier:

#!/usr/bin/env sh
# Make OSX feel a little snappier, I normally run this after running

# Speed up window transitions
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime 0.01;

# Speed up mission control transition (F3)
defaults write expose-animation-duration -float 0.1; 

# Speed up Launchpad (F4)
defaults write springboard-show-duration -float 0.1;
defaults write springboard-hide-duration -float 0.1;

# Stop dock item jumping when they want my attention
defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE;

# Set preview to default screenshots to jpg.
defaults write type jpg
killall SystemUIServer

# Restart dock so effects can kick in.
killall Dock;

# Turn off volume change overlays 
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchAgents/ Disabled --bool YES

Homebrew and Homebrew Cask

It’s a super pain to go and install all the apps and scripts I need, so I install Homebrew and Homebrew Cask to quickly install the stuff I want. Here are the essential libraries and apps I normally install:

#!/usr/bin/env sh
# Things I normally install when I first install Homebrew / Homebrew cask
# Make sure you've install XCode commandline tools & accepted the terms and conditions before running this.

# Homebrew stuff

## A nice text editor (Will show how to configure in another post)
brew install vim
brew install macvim

## Git 
brew install git
### Set the global configs for git
git config --global core.editor "vim"
git config --global push.default current

## Make searching in Vim easier.
brew install ack
brew install the_silver_searcher

## Node.JS
brew install node

## S3CMD - Makes it easy to talk to AWS S3
brew install s3cmd

## Makes adding SSH keys to servers easier.
brew install ssh-copy-id

# Homebrew Cask bits

## Development tools
brew cask install integrity
brew cask install virtualbox
brew cask install vagrant

## Firewall
brew cask install little-snitch
### I love little snitch, mostly because I setup the rules to stop Spotify connecting in P2P mode (My ISP sucks and throttles me when I p2p).

## Apps I use often
brew cask install google-chrome
brew cask install alfred
brew cask install flux
brew cask install steam
brew cask install transmission
brew cask install vlc
brew cask install spotify
brew cask install geektool


I use Vagrants for most my of development stuff, but it’s pretty handy to have all the RVM goodness all setup for when I want to do a small bit of code.


I try to keep my dotfiles as slim as I can so I can remember everything. For the most part I’ve just got a few aliases setup that I’ve nabbed from Dan Harper and Phil Balchin