Get Xcode

Get Xcode 4.6 from the Apple app store, free download version, install it and then launch it from the /Applications folder and accept the license. Go to Xcode preferences and then look in the ‘Downloads’ button.

Install the command line tools from the preferences of Xcode.


Check “check for and install updates automatically” option in the Downloads section..

Very Important!

Install homebrew from the command line as your normal user (do not run as su or sudo).

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL"

Then install FFmpeg through the ffmpeg homebrew formula:

brew install ffmpeg

This will download a lot of dependencies such as x264, LAME, FAAC, etc. for ffmpeg to work correctly. One thing not installed by ffmpeg, but something you should install if you want or need mp3 transcoding is the mpg123 formula.

brew install mpg123

This will download and install dependencies as well. Next, and finally in this round, run the streamripper forumula.

brew install streamripper

This will download and install dependencies for local playlist creation of a network stream using ffmpeg. Very useful.

To update your existing formulae:

brew update && brew upgrade

Published by J.W. Spencer

JW Spencer is the lead technical architect and developer at the Digital Dream Team. He has over 25 years of technical experience in private industry and government in support of development, management, project management, and executive technical leadership. JW has the unique ability to understand complex technical problems and synthesize viable solutions. A veteran of the USMC, JW took his undergraduate studies at Southwest Texas State University, with graduate work at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." - Yogi Berra

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