brunogama / laptop

A shell script to set up a macOS laptop for mobile development.

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Laptop is a fork from the awesome script made by the good people of thoughtbot. It's purpose is to set up an macOS laptop for Mobile Development.

It can be run multiple times on the same machine safely. It installs, upgrades, or skips packages based on what is already installed on the machine.

Why to use this fork?

Most of the things installed by the original Laptop script are to prepare the machine for Web Development. It will install things like Heroku toolbelt, Postgres, MySQL which in my opinion should not be installed in the machine but in a self contained environment using something like Docker.


  • macOS Sierra (10.12)

Older versions may work. But if they don't, feel free to write a PR.


Download the script:

curl --remote-name

Review the script (avoid running scripts you haven't read!):

less mac

Execute the downloaded script:

sh mac 2>&1 | tee ~/laptop.log

Optionally, review the log:

less ~/laptop.log


Your last Laptop run will be saved to ~/laptop.log. Read through it to see if you can debug the issue yourself. If not, copy the lines where the script failed into a new GitHub Issue for us. Or, attach the whole log file as an attachment.

What it sets up

macOS tools:

  • Homebrew for managing operating system libraries.

Unix tools:

  • Git for version control
  • OpenSSL for Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  • The Silver Searcher for finding things in files
  • Tmux for saving project state and switching between projects
  • Zsh as your shell

GitHub tools:

  • Hub for interacting with the GitHub API

Programming languages, package managers, and configuration:

  • Java for writing Android code
  • Bundler for managing Ruby libraries
  • Rbenv for managing versions of Ruby
  • Ruby Build for installing Rubies
  • Ruby stable for writing general-purpose code
  • Pyenv For managing versions of Python
  • Pyenv-virtualbox virtualenvs and conda environments for Python on UNIX-like systems
  • Python install the latest stable Python 3

Mobile development utilities

  • Liftoff CLI for creating and configuring new Xcode projects
  • mogenerator Core Data code generation


  • Google Chrome because it is like Java, because everything uses Google Chrome
  • Android Studio "Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps on every type of Android device" (sic)
  • Sip simply the color picker created
  • Developer Colorpicker another useful color picker
  • Github Desktop a Github client
  • VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware
  • Genymotion a much better Android simulator which runs on virtualbox environment
  • Realm Browser utility to open and modify realm database files

iOS Development Utilities

  • Cocoapods a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects
  • Fastlane the easiest way to automate building and releasing your iOS and Android apps

It should take ~15 minutes to install (depends on your machine).

Customize in ~/.laptop.local

Your ~/.laptop.local is run at the end of the Laptop script. Put your customizations there. For example:


brew bundle --file=- <<EOF
brew "Caskroom/cask/dockertoolbox"
brew "go"
brew "ngrok"
brew "watch"

default_docker_machine() {
  docker-machine ls | grep -Fq "default"

if ! default_docker_machine; then
  docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default

default_docker_machine_running() {
  default_docker_machine | grep -Fq "Running"

if ! default_docker_machine_running; then
  docker-machine start default

fancy_echo "Cleaning up old Homebrew formulae ..."
brew cleanup
brew cask cleanup

if [ -r "$HOME/.rcrc" ]; then
  fancy_echo "Updating dotfiles ..."

Write your customizations such that they can be run safely more than once. See the mac script for examples.

Laptop functions such as fancy_echo and gem_install_or_update can be used in your ~/.laptop.local.

See the wiki for more customization examples.


Edit the mac file. Document in the file. Follow shell style guidelines by using ShellCheck and Syntastic.

brew install shellcheck


The Bruno Gama laptop script is based on and inspired by thoughtbot's laptop script.


thoughtbot's original work remains covered under an MIT License.

Bruno Gama work on this project is licensed under MIT License (

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A shell script to set up a macOS laptop for mobile development.



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