How to Install Appium on Mac OS with Required Tools [2021]

In this article, we will learn how to install Appium on MAC OS with all external tools and components. I will try to explain each step respectively. Let’s start!

Step-1: Install JAVA JDK

You should go to the below link and install JAVA JDK for MAC OS.

If you are using higher-level JDK such as JAVA11 or JAVA15 or even greater, please download those JDK versions.

After installation checks the below path to find JAVA HOME, for my version it is as shown below.



Then set JAVA_HOME on your Mac as shown below:

export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_192.jdk/Contents/Home

Then, run the below command to check your JAVA_HOME.


Note that this sets JAVA_HOME only for a session. If you want it to persist always for all sessions, you need to add the command to your ~/.profile file.

  • Open a new terminal window.
  • Open a .profile file by typing: emacs .profile or you can use the vi command vi.profile
  • Type below lines:
    • JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_192.jdk/Contents/Home
    • export JAVA_HOME; 
    • Then, do the (ctrl-x, ctrl-s; ctrl-x, ctrl-c) to save and exit emacs.
    • Open a new terminal and run the below command:
      • $JAVA_HOME/bin/java -version 
      • You should see the below screenshot with your java version number.

java version on mac

If you have MAC OS 10.5 or newer you can just use the below lines:

export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home)
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

then source the profile file:

source ~/.profile

Then check the result:


how to install appium on mac

Step-2: Install Android Studio

You need to go to the below address, download Android Studio for Mac, and do the following as stated below.

[1] To install Android Studio on your Mac, proceed as follows:

  1. Launch the Android Studio DMG file.
  2. Drag and drop Android Studio into the Applications folder, then launch Android Studio.
  3. Select whether you want to import previous Android Studio settings, then click OK.
  4. The Android Studio Setup Wizard guides you through the rest of the setup, which includes downloading Android SDK components that are required for the development.

android studio installation

When u open and select the default settings, Android Studio will start to download the required libraries as shown below.

android studio download packages on mac


if you are updating your current version with the new one, you can click the update button for all updates for Android Studio.




Then restart the Android Studio.


Do below settings in .profile file. Open a terminal and type

nano ~/.profile

Then, paste the below commands: (Change your user name! Not use my username “onur”).

export ANDROID_HOME=/Users/onur/Library/Android/sdk

export PATH=$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools:$PATH

export PATH=$ANDROID_HOME/tools/bin:$PATH

Then, run the below commands to verify the settings:

After that, check your settings and installations. Open a terminal and type sdkmanager --list

And type “uiautomatorviewer” to check uiautomatorviewer is working properly.


Step-3: Install Homebrew

Open a terminal window and run the below command to install brew:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

home brew installation on mac

Close all terminal windows and reopen a terminal window and check the Android home by typing the below command:



Step-4: Install Node.js and npm

Go to download and install node package. It is pretty straightforward.

To see if Node is installed, type in node -v  Terminal.

To see if NPM is installed, type in npm -v  Terminal.

In order to update Node and NPM, you can use Homebrew to update these two:

  1. Make sure Homebrew has the latest version of the Node package. In Terminal type brew update 
  2. Upgrade Node: brew upgrade node 

Step-5: Install Appium on Terminal

In order to install appium via terminal you need to run the below commands:

npm install -g appium #get appium

npm install wd #get appium client

Note: If you face permission problems as shown below, please run the below commands on the terminal. [owner] is your user name. To find it, you can run the below command first:


id -un #Gives you your user name (Use it as owner below.)

sudo chown -R [owner] /usr/local/lib/node_modules

Then, try to run appium installation commands. They will work as shown below.


Step-6: Install Carthage

First, change the permissions as shown below commands:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/share/man/man5 /usr/local/share/man/man7
sudo xcodebuild -license accept

Then, install Carthage:

brew install carthage


And run the below command:

npm i -g webpack


If everything is successful, then try to start appium as below commands:



Step-7: Download Appium Desktop

Let’s go to this link:  and download appium for mac. You should click and download .dgm file. For example, “Appium-mac-1.20.2.dmg“. When the download finishes, double click the .dgm file and drag and drop the Appium into Applications as shown below.

appium installation on mac

Then, you will see the appium logo in your applications when you click on the launchpad icon as shown below.

appium mac

Step-8: Install libimobiledevice

In order to run our tests on real devices, we need to install libimobiledevice dependency by executing brew install libimobiledevice  command on terminal.


Step-9: Install XCode

Download Xcode from Mac AppStore and install Xcode. Once installed, Launch Xcode and select Xcode > Preferences > Components to install the simulators that you might want to test against.



Step-10: Install Authorize-ios

authorize-ios is a utility that pre-authorizes to run UIAutomation scripts on iOS devices. We need this tool for running our tests on real devices.

In order to install it, open a terminal window and run the following command:

npm install -g authorize-ios


Step-11: Install ios-deploy

To deploy our apps to our devices by using ios-deploy.  We can install and debug apps from the command line without using Xcode.

In the terminal, enter the following:

brew install ios-deploy


Step-12: Install ideviceinstaller

ideviceinstaller helps us to install, uninstall, upgrade, archive, restore, and enumerate installed or archived apps. We need this utility to run tests on real devices. In order to install it, run the below commands:

sudo xcode-select -r

brew install ideviceinstaller


Step-13: Install ios_webkit_debug_proxy

In order to access web views on real iOS devices, we need to install this tool. Run the below command:

brew install ios-webkit-debug-proxy


Step-14: Install Appium Doctor

Appium Doctor checks most of the preconditions for appium to run successfully. In order to install it, run the below command:

npm install -g appium-doctor


Let’s run appium doctor and see what we should do for Appium.


Step-15: Install Maven

It is used for building and managing Java-based projects by using dependencies. Open a terminal and run the below command.

brew install maven

Then, check the installation with the below command:

mvn -version


Then, add the maven path to your profile file.

export PATH=/usr/local/Cellar/maven/3.6.0/bin:$PATH

All tools for iOS and Android automation for the MAC environment are ready now. We can go on to start Android and iOS test automation from here.

References for Appium Installation on MAC

[1] –

Onur Baskirt

12 thoughts on “How to Install Appium on Mac OS with Required Tools [2021]”

  1. Hi Onur,

    Many thanks for such a detailed article for setting up Tools for automation on Mac.

    I have done the same steps and build required environment for animation testing. Can you please pass the next article to write automation scripts for Android and iOS apps. So that I can follow same to develop automation scripts and test my applications.


  2. i followed step by step , the step 6
    cd /usr/local/lib/node_modules/appium/node_modules/appium-xcuitest-driver/WebDriverAgent
    i have no path , the exit path is “/usr/local/lib/node_modules/appium/node_modules/appium-xcuitest-driver/”, no WebDriverAgent
    i used vmware workstation ,macos 10.14

  3. After Step5 —
    cd /usr/local/lib/node_modules/appium/node_modules/appium-xcuitest-driver/WebDriverAgent — this folder is missing
    WebDriverAgent folder is not created.

    Can you pleae suggest.

    Appium installed successful


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