RabbitMQ and Erlang Intallation for Mac OSX

I’ve been a linux developer for years so I was all thumbs having to look up everything when setting up a new dev environment on a mac. Here’s some tips for setting up a local RabbitMQ server to play with (i.e. not using macports locally, not the EC2 install etc):


  1. Apple XCode to compile Erlang with gcc. The XCode download could not take longer. Start it, go build an enterprise app in ROO, deploy it to the cloud. When you come back it may have completed.
  2. wget from http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/wget
  1. tar -xzf wget-{version}.tar.gz
  2. cd wget{version}
  3. ./configure
  4. make
  5. sudo make install

Install and build Erlang

First, Check for the latest Erlang GA Release and note the version.

  1. cd to the dir you wish to install into
  2. wget http://erlang.org/download/otp_src_{version}.tar.gz
  3. tar xzvf otp_src_{version}.tar.gz
  4. cd otp_src_{version}
  5. NOTE: run ./configure –help to see what opts you want to run with
  6. ./configure
  7. make
  8. sudo make install

Install RabbitMQ Server

First check the latest version of RabbitMQ Server and note the filename.

  1. wget http://www.rabbitmq.com/releases/rabbitmq-server/v2.3.1/rabbitmq-server-generic-unix-{version}.tar.gz
  2. tar xzvf rabbitmq-server-generic-unix-{version}.tar.gz
  3. Complete the install and config from http://www.rabbitmq.com/install.html#generic-unix, making sure the logs, clustering, data and config dirs are set up
  4. Start RabbitMQ: run rabbit../sbin/rabbitmq-server

Infinitely easier on Ubuntu.


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