July 24th, 2013
Bit My Message
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In Windows just download the exe and run it.
sudo apt-get install python openssl git python-qt4
git clone https://github.com/Bitmessage/PyBitmessage $HOME/PyBitmessage
cd $HOME/PyBitmessage/src/ && python bitmessagemain.py
Bitmessage is awesome. However, the installation process isn't particularly intuitive on the Mac.
I just got it working on OSX, and thought I'd share my findings.
First, make sure you have git and Homebrew installed. Then, you need to make sure homebrew is working.
Open Terminal, and run
Code: brew doctor
and fix anything critical that it returns.
Now, install the dependencies. You will need to update Python to 2.7.3. You probably have 2.7.2 at the moment.
Run Code: brew install python
to update to the correct version. In order for Bitmessage to run, you also need OpenSSL and PyQt. Install these with
Code: brew install pyqt openssl
Now, you're ready to actually download the Bitmessage source code. First, cd to your desktop or wherever you want to install it.
Then, run Code: git clone git://github.com/Bitmessage/PyBitmessage.git
to download it from GitHub.
Now, cd into PyBitmessage src folder, and enter
Code: python bitmessagemain.py
The Bitmessage UI should open. At this point you can minimize the terminal window, which should be spewing a ton of info.
It works! However, it's inconvenient to run these two commands every time we want to run bitmessage.
It's extremely easy to create a script to run it for us.
To do this, open textedit and enter
Code: python ~/Desktop/PyBitmessage/src/bitmessagemain.py
You may need to adjust the path to wherever you installed it.
Now, save it as Bitmessage.command. To make it executable enter
Code: chmod +x
but do not press enter. Hit space and drag the Bitmessage.command file into the Terminal window. Now hit enter, and the file will be executable.
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