Mac Setup 2019

This is a personal help document to that I use to get started on a new Mac. I occasionally come back to this to update it and make sure that my current settings are reflected here, but more often than not it gets updated the next time I setup a new mac.


  • 1Password
  • Alfred
  • Capture One 12
  • Caret
  • Choosy
  • CleanMyMac 3
  • Cyberduck
  • DaisyDisk
  • Docker
  • Dropbox
  • Firefox
  • Google Play Music Desktop Player
  • Google Chrome
  • iTerm2
  • Itsycal
  • KeepingYouAwake
  • Logitech Options
  • Mountain Duck
  • Rocket
  • Synology Drive
  • Fujifilm X Raw Studio

Custom Settings

  • Clock > Show seconds
  • Disable Fast user switching in menu bar
  • Turn off automatic brightness
  • Turn display scaling to max
  • Trackpad tracking speed to max
  • Sound:  Uncheck user interface sound effects
  • Output:  Check: Show volume in menubar    
  • Finder show folders before files
  • Keyboard  Key repeat fastest Key delay until repeat (1 slower than fastest)  

  • General > Appearance: Dark
  • Default web browser: Choosy
  • Dock
    Position: Left
    Enable "Automatically hide and show the dock"
  • Mission Control:
    Disable Automatically rearrange Spaces
  • Security > General:
    Require password immediately after sleep
  • Security > FileVault: On
  • Mouse
    Scroll direction: Natural
    Tacking speed: Fastest
  • Trackpad
    Disable Look up & data detectors
    Secondary click: bottom right corner
    Enable "Silent clicking"
  • Accessibility
    Enable "Reduce transparency"

Development Environment

touch ~/.hushlogin

# Install Homebrew
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

# Install brews
brew install python python@2 wget zsh-syntax-highlighting watch

# Install casks
brew cask install keepingyouawake android-file-transfer daisydisk tower alfred itsycal iterm2 sublime-text dropbox 1password tunnelblick slack caret keybase docker google-chrome firefox git htop

# Install oh-my-zsh
sh -c "$(wget -O -)"

Setup Firefox

Install Sidebar Tabs
Modify userChrome.css
- Go to Hamburger menu --> Help --> Troubleshooting Information
- Find the Profile Folder
- In the profile folder create a folder called chrome
- In that folder create a file called userChrome.css
- Insert the following in the file:

#TabsToolbar {
    visibility: collapse !important;

#sidebar-box[sidebarcommand="treestyletab_piro_sakura_ne_jp-sidebar-action"] #sidebar-header {
  display: none;
- Go to Hamburger menu --> Customize
	- Add Felixible space next to the back and forward buttons
	- Remove home button
	- Set:
		- Density: `Compact`
		- Theme: `Dark`


  • brew install python python3
  • pip install --user virtualenvwrapper
  • Add to .zshrc file
  • pip install flake8

ZSH / iTerm2

  • Set scrollback to unlimited
  • Set history to 10,000
  • Always show tabs
  • Strectch tabs to fill tab bar
  • Increase size of profile
  • Colors: Solarized Dark

Dock Applications

  1. Finder
  2. Calendar
  3. Tweetbot
  4. Todoist
  5. Slack/Hipchat
  6. Chrome
  7. Firefox
  8. Sublime Text
  9. iTerm
  10. Tower
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