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Manual Build: Older macOS systems

This is an instructional guide how to build Ink/Stitch locally. The manual install for developers is described in the manual setup section.

Build requirements

  • MacPorts

    We recommend to use macports on older macOS systems. Set the -b flag to install prebuilt binary packages to speed things up.

  • commnadline tools for mojave
  • pyenv (see below)

Additionally in the build process you will need to install the following packages:

sudo port -v -b install gtk-devel libffi geos gettext gobject-introspection pkgconfig tcl curl sqlite3 readline nodejs16 yarn

Install pyenv

Clone the pyenv repository

git clone ~/.pyenv

Build pyenv

cd ~/.pyenv && src/configure && make -C src
cd ..

Run these commands to make pyenv work in your terminal

echo 'export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'command -v pyenv >/dev/null || export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'eval "$(pyenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv"' >> ~/.bash_profile
echo 'command -v pyenv >/dev/null || export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile
echo 'eval "$(pyenv init -)"' >> ~/.bash_profile

For this to take effect run:

exec "$SHELL"

Build python:

env PYTHON_CONFIGURE_OPTS="--enable-framework" pyenv install -v 3.8.9

Set the version number

pyenv global 3.8.9

Install Ink/Stitch requirements

Update the pip manager

python -m pip install -v —-upgrade pip

Install pip packages

python -m pip install -v wheel PyGObject pyinstaller 

python -m pip install -v 
python -m pip install -v

python -m pip install -v lxml==4.5.0 --no-binary lxml

python -m pip install -v Shapely==1.8.5 --no-binary Shapely

Install pyembroidery

git clone
python -m pip install -e pyembroidery/

Edit the requirements.txt to delete the pyembroidery entry then run

python -m pip install -v -r reqirements.txt

Manual Install

From this point a manual install is possible. Check the manual setup guide on the website. Continue from step 4.

Build packages

In order to build and create a package the following must be done.

Open the Makefile in the inkstitch main folder and add the following entries to the begining of the file.

export BUILD=osx
export VERSION=localbuild

Then to bin/build-distribution-archives and comment out the first line with # and save.

From the inkstitch main folder run:

make dist

To rebuild run make distclean before rebuilding.