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Build Instructions (macOS)

Follow the guidelines below for building Electron on macOS.


  • macOS >= 10.11.6
  • Xcode >= 8.2.1
  • node.js (external)
  • Python 2.7 with support for TLS 1.2


Please also ensure that your system and Python version support at least TLS 1.2. This depends on both your version of macOS and Python. For a quick test, run:

$ npm run check-tls

If the script returns that your configuration is using an outdated security protocol, you can either update macOS to High Sierra or install a new version of Python 2.7.x. To upgrade Python, use Homebrew:

$ brew install python@2 && brew link python@2 --force

If you are using Python as provided by Homebrew, you also need to install the following Python modules:


If you're developing Electron and don't plan to redistribute your custom Electron build, you may skip this section.

For certain features (e.g. pinch-zoom) to work properly, you must target the macOS 10.10 SDK.

Official Electron builds are built with Xcode 8.2.1, which does not contain the 10.10 SDK by default. To obtain it, first download and mount the Xcode 6.4 DMG.

Then, assuming that the Xcode 6.4 DMG has been mounted at /Volumes/Xcode and that your Xcode 8.2.1 install is at /Applications/Xcode.app, run:

cp -r /Volumes/Xcode/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.10.sdk /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/

You will also need to enable Xcode to build against the 10.10 SDK:

  • Open /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Info.plist
  • Set the MinimumSDKVersion to 10.10
  • Save the file