Installing ROOT CERN on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

This is a follow up post for the older one on installing an older ROOT version on 10.7 Lion.


First, you need to install XCode 4.4 which can be found in the Mac App Store (rather in the Mac Dev program as long as it's not released). Then open it and install the command line tools from the its preferences pane. Then install Homebrew using ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL".

ROOT Installation

Installing ROOT using configure and make is fairly easy. I recommend the following procedure on 10.8 Mountain Lion as it is easy and convenient:

brew update
brew install gfortran
sudo mkdir -p /opt/local
sudo chown -R $USER:wheel /opt
cd /opt/local
# Check for newer versions:
curl -C - -O
tar -xf root_v5.34.00.source.tar.gz
mv root root_v5-34-00
cd /opt/local/root_v5-34-00
# consider adding more configure options to add more language bindings etc.:
# On a dual core processor, use j=3, on a quad core use j=5:
make -j 3

Now you should be able to run the interpreter CINT provided by ROOT by entering

. /opt/local/root_v5-34-00/bin/
root -l

More configure options

There are nice configure options available for different language bindings and additional features. Running /opt/local/root_v5-34-00$ ./configure --help reveals them.

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