Developing on MacOS


First install XCode

Next install XCode Command Line Tools:

xcode-select --install


Install the git tools.

Checkout the plaso source from the git repo:

git clone


Install the dependencies in a virtualenv environment

Check if you have all the dependencies installed and have the right minimum version:


Note that some dependencies are actively under development and can be frequently updated, therefore we recommend checking the status of the dependencies regularly.

Development tools

If you intend to do development on plaso you’ll also need to install some development tools:

  • PyLint 1.9.x

  • Python Mock