The following steps are known to work with Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9 (Mavericks), and Yosemite. You can install from source or download a precompiled tarball.
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OS X gives you a very small limit on open file handles, so even with a backend that uses very few file handles, it’s possible to run out. See Open Files Limit for more information about changing the limit.
From Precompiled Tarballs
To run Riak from our precompiled tarball, run these commands for the appropriate platform:
curl -O http://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads.basho.com/riak/2.1/2.1.4/osx/10.8/riak-2.1.4-OSX-x86_64.tar.gz tar xzvf riak-2.1.4-osx-x86_64.tar.gz
After the release is untarred, you will be able to
cd into the
directory and execute
bin/riak start to start the Riak node.
Homebrew’s Riak recipe is community supported, and thus is not always up to date with the latest Riak package. Please ensure that the current recipe is using the latest supported code (and don’t be afraid to update it if it’s not).
Installing Riak 2.0 with Homebrew is easy:
brew install --devrel riak
By default, this will place a
2.1.4 folder in
Be aware that you will most likely see the following message after
Error: The `brew link` step did not complete successfully The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local You can try again using: brew link riak
We do not recommend using
brew link with Riak. Instead, we recommend
either copying that directory to a desired location on your machine,
aliasing the executables in the
/bin directory, or interacting with
the Riak installation directory via environment variables.
Note: Homebrew will install Erlang if you don’t have it already.
Installing From Source
You must have Xcode tools installed from Apple’s Developer website.
Riak will not compile with Clang. Please make sure that your default C/C++ compiler is GCC.
Riak requires Erlang R16B02+.
If you do not have Erlang already installed, see Installing Erlang.
Next, download and unpack the source distribution.
curl -O http://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads.riak.com/riak/2.1/2.1.4/riak-2.1.4.tar.gz tar zxvf riak-2.1.4.tar.gz cd riak-2.1.4 make rel
If you receive errors when building about “incompatible architecture,” please verify that you built Erlang with the same architecture as your system (Snow Leopard and higher: 64bit).
Now that Riak is installed, check out Verifying a Riak Installation.