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.

  • 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.

Note: 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 Ignition-buildx.x.x-osx.zip file.
    Note: 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 <<ignition-macosx.zip>> -d /usr/local/ignition

    where <<ignition-macosx.zip>> 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 ignition.sh
    chmod +x ignition-gateway
    chmod +x gcu.sh
  9. To turn the application into a service, create a symlink to ignition.sh in /usr/local/bin
    cd /usr/local/bin
    ln -s /usr/local/ignition/ignition.sh 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.