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Installing Ignition on Mac OS X - ZIP file

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Installing Ignition on Mac OS X

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This feature was removed from Ignition in version 7.7

Ignition version 7.8 introduced a new OS X installer. Installation instructions using the DMG can be found on our Mac OS X - Install page.

Before you install Ignition, make sure you meet the minimum system requirements:
  • Java 8+ (server), Java 6+ (client)
  • Dual-Core Processor (32 or 64 bit)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 10GB free HD space

Also, to install Ignition on a Mac OS X, it is assumed that you are familiar with operating a shell.

The following instructions for installing Ignition as a Mac OS X service are also in the README distribution file.

To download and install on Mac OS X

  1. Go to the Inductive Automation website at

  2. Select Download > Current Release.

  3. On the Ignition Downloads page, scroll down to System Installers which contains all the download zip files.

  4. Download the file.


    Depending on your computer, you may need to run all the commands as root. Prefix everything with sudo or first run sudo su.

  5. Download and install Java 8 if it is not already installed. Go to

    Click on the download button under JRE. Accept the license agreement and download jre-7uXX-macosx-x64.dmg. Once downloaded, run the installer and follow the instructions to install Java.

  6. Unzip the Ignition download file and install Ignition into /usr/local/ignition by running the following command: unzip <<>> -d /usr/local/ignition where <<>> is the path to the Ignition Mac OS X distribution you downloaded.

  7. Change directories to the Ignition install directory. cd /usr/local/ignition

  8. Make the files executable by executing the following three chmod commands: chmod +x chmod +x ignition-gateway chmod +x

  9. To turn the application into a service, create a symlink to in /usr/local/bin cd /usr/local/bin ln -s /usr/local/ignition/ ignition chmod +x ignition

  10. To start Ignition now, type /usr/local/bin/ignition start

You can now open a web browser and go to the Gateway home page at http://localhost:8088.

For information about how to stop and uninstall the service, see the README file.