Installing Texapp on a standard OS X 10.8.x Client

Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 10.13.54 PMYou have to do a few operations to get it going.

  1. Install Xcode development tools
  2. Fix CPAN on OSX 10.8.x
  3. Install pre-requisites for Texapp
  4. Install and setup Texapp

But other than that… piece of cake.

Install Development Tools (Xcode)

Standard OS X 10.8.x computers do not have Xcode installed by default. Even if you are not a full-time software developer, the development tools Apple Xcode provides is useful. Apple has made this “free” for you to install.

1. Do a search for “Xcode” in the App Store then get it via “Install App” and let it run after you give it your App Store password.


3. It will grind for a while. When you get the “Installed” status back, you are onto the next step.

Xcode installed


Fixing CPAN on OSX 10.8.x

Perl setup on OS X 10.8.x is a little wonky. There are a few things you need to do to fix it.

Here is a great guide on this –

I did get some additional prompts in Xcode on device updates, etc. which I played. Follow the steps in order to get the Perl environment up to speed. I use

instead of the older (but always reliable)

to drop into CPAN, but to each his/her own.

Getting command line tools in Xcode
Getting command line tools in Xcode

and after you complete all the steps in the above guide over at you can move to the next step.

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Installing TexApp Pre-Requisites

Now that you have a working Perl environment in OS X 10.8.x, you can load the reqs for TexApp.

1. Drop into a Terminl and then cpan and I recommend to have CPAN install all dependencies

2. install cURL. I had to force install it for some crazy reason. You might have to as well. Try it first to see if you can install it with a force.

But if it doesn’t go, slam it in.

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3. I also install the other stuff.

and confirm but issuing the commands again just to make sure if you want.

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Install and Configure TexApp

1. Get out of CPAN or open another terminal and snag TexApp. It should always be at the same location. You can ftp it from Terminal since standard OS X doesn’t have wget.

2.  It can live anywhere, but I tend to move it into a path OS X looks at

then make it execuable

3. I create a ~.texapprc file

Here is mine

4. Launch Texapp

5. Texty goodness ensues.

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and you will be dished a URL to get your bearer token. Go to the URL and copy the token then paste it at the

to get stuff going. You will get a URL page that looks like this but with a long piece of text.

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6. Paste the token and return. This generates your .textappkey so the next time you run it, you are ready to go.

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