HOWTO get ns-3 running on Mac OS X (10.6.2 Intel)
The installation instructions included in this page are not meant to be comprehensive and represent only one of the many ways of getting ns-3 to build in a Snow Leopard Mac OS X system. Commands should be run from a Terminal window.
1) Install XCode:
You will find XCode in the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with your Mac. Alternatively, you can download the most recent version of XCode from the Apple Developer Connection website (http://developer.apple.com/mac/). The XCode development environment includes the gcc compiler and critical libraries required to build applications to be run in Mac OS X.
2) Install Fink:
2.1) Download Fink (source release version 0.29.10) from http://downloads.sourceforge.net/fink/fink-0.29.10.tar.gz
2.2) Extract the contents of the file and enter open up the Terminal in the resulting folder.
2.3) Install Fink with the ./bootstrap command (during the interactive installation process, select the 32 bit installation).
2.4) Execute /sw/bin/pathsetup.sh in order to setup the environment variables for Fink.
2.5) Execute fink selfupdate to freshen the Fink install with updated packages.
3) Install Mercurial:
3.1) Download the Mercurial 1.4.2 binary package from http://mercurial.selenic.com/wiki/Download 3.2) Perform the installation of Mercurial and verify that the installation was successful
4) Download source code:
5) Build the local repository: