HOWTO get ns-3 running on Mac OS X (10.5.2 Intel)

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Mac OS X Intel is a supported platform for ns-3. Perhaps the easiest way to get there from here is to just break down and join the Apple Developer Connection and get the development environment from there. It may be annoying but it's free and easy.

HOWTO get ns-3 running on Mac OS X (10.5.2 Intel)

  1. Join Apple Developer Connection (for free internet user);
    1. Go to
    2. Select Join ADC Online Membership
    3. Log in with Apple ID
    4. Fill out Become an ADC Member form
    5. Tell them what kind of code you develop
    6. You are redirected to Developer Connection | Member Site
  2. Download XCode for your OS (3.0 for Leopard at writing) Disk Image;
    1. From Developer Connection | Member Site select Downloads, get directed to What¹s New
    2. Select Developer Tools from Downloads list
    3. Scroll down to XCode releases and select a Disk Image
    4. Be prepared for over 1GB download ~1/2 hour on 6mbps cable
  3. Install the Xcode Tools
    1. Double-clock on XcodeTools.mpkg
    2. Perform Standard Install
    3. Open a terminal
    4. Type gcc and see something like
      Bash 3.2$ gcc
      i686-apple-darwin9-gcc-4.0.1: no input files
  4. Install Mercurial
    1. Go to
    2. Select the Binary Package option
    3. Select Mac OS X
    4. Select Mercurial 1.0 for OS X 10.5 (if appropriate)
    5. Double-click on package and follow instructions.
    6. Execute command which hg in terminal or xterm
    7. If no hg listed, you may have to add /usr/local/bin to your path, e.g. export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin
  5. Clone ns-3-allinone
    mkdir repos;cd !$
    hg clone
  6. Download and Build
    cd ns-3-allinone
  7. Run Unit Tests
    cd ns-3-dev
    ./waf --check
  8. Run Regression Tests
    ./waf --regression

Craigdo 18:34, 29 June 2009 (UTC)