Development Environment on Mac

Mac OS X is the main development platform for PX4. The following instructions explain how to set up a development environment for building NuttX-based hardware (Pixhawk, etc.) and Simulation (jMAVSim/Gazebo8) targets. For other targets see: Toolchain Installation > Supported Targets.

Homebrew Installation

The installation of Homebrew is quick and easy: installation instructions.

Common Tools

After installing Homebrew, run these commands in your shell to install the common tools:

brew tap PX4/px4
brew install px4-dev
# Optional, but recommended additional simulation tools:
brew install px4-sim

If the installation outputs an error message about missing requirements follow the instructions. Your system will be missing Java and Quartz:

brew cask install xquartz java

Install pip if you don't already have it and use it to install the required packages:

sudo easy_install pip
sudo -H pip install pyserial empy toml numpy pandas jinja2

Ground Control Software

Download and install the QGroundControl Daily Build.


Editor / IDE

The development team often use:

Next Steps

Once you have finished setting up the environment, continue to the build instructions.

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