OS X: Install from Homebrew

If you are running OS X, you can install everything needed with Homebrew.

  1. Install Xcode command line developer tools. Do this even if you already have Xcode installed:

    xcode-select --install
  2. Install XQuartz. This is needed by GStreamer which Mopidy use heavily.

  3. Install Homebrew.

  4. If you are already using Homebrew, make sure your installation is up to date before you continue:

    brew update
    brew upgrade --all

    Notice that this will upgrade all software on your system that have been installed with Homebrew.

  5. Mopidy works out of box if you have installed Python from Homebrew:

    brew install python


    If you want to use the Python version bundled with OS X, you’ll need to include Python packages installed by Homebrew in your PYTHONPATH. If you don’t do this, the mopidy executable will not find its dependencies and will crash.

    You can either amend your PYTHONPATH permanently, by adding the following statement to your shell’s init file, e.g. ~/.bashrc:

    export PYTHONPATH=$(brew --prefix)/lib/python2.7/site-packages:$PYTHONPATH

    And then reload the shell’s init file or restart your terminal:

    source ~/.bashrc

    Or, you can prefix the Mopidy command every time you run it:

    PYTHONPATH=$(brew --prefix)/lib/python2.7/site-packages mopidy
  6. Mopidy has its own Homebrew formula repo, called a “tap”. To enable our Homebrew tap, run:

    brew tap mopidy/mopidy
  7. To install Mopidy, run:

    brew install mopidy
  8. Finally, you need to set a couple of config values, and then you’re ready to run Mopidy.

Installing extensions

If you want to use any Mopidy extensions, like Spotify support or Last.fm scrobbling, the Homebrew tap has formulas for several Mopidy extensions as well. Extensions installed from Homebrew will come complete with all dependencies, both Python and non-Python ones.

To list all the extensions available from our tap, you can run:

brew search mopidy

You can also install any Mopidy extension directly from PyPI with pip, just like on Linux. To list all the extensions available from PyPI, run:

pip search mopidy

Note that extensions installed from PyPI will only automatically install Python dependencies. Please refer to the extension’s documentation for information about any other requirements needed for the extension to work properly.

For a full list of available Mopidy extensions, including those not installable from Homebrew, see Extensions.

Running Mopidy automatically on login

On OS X, you can use launchd to start Mopidy automatically at login.

If you installed Mopidy from Homebrew, simply run brew info mopidy and follow the instructions in the “Caveats” section:

$ brew info mopidy
==> Caveats
To have launchd start mopidy at login:
    ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/mopidy/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents
Then to load mopidy now:
    launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mopidy.mopidy.plist
Or, if you don't want/need launchctl, you can just run:

If you happen to be on OS X, but didn’t install Mopidy with Homebrew, you can get the same effect by adding the file ~/Library/LaunchAgents/mopidy.plist with the following contents:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

You might need to adjust the path to the mopidy executable, /usr/local/bin/mopidy, to match your system.

Then, to start Mopidy with launchd right away:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/mopidy.plist