Painlessly Installing Conkeror on Mac OS X
Published 13 May 2014. Tags: unix, web, beards.
Last night I attended Matt Adereth’s excellent talk on 3D-printing custom keyboards. I noticed that he was using Conkeror, a Firefox-like browser with Emacs keybindings. It looked really neat, so I thought I’d give it a shot and set it up on my MacBook.
Man, what a hassle! It’s really easy to install Conkeror on some OSes (
install conkeror!), but following the official Mac instructions is a big mess.
You need to install XULRunner, which doesn’t have a simple Mac installer, and
you need to run
xulrunner-bin, which doesn’t seem to be included in the
framework, and you need to use the
--install-app flag, which has since been
removed. If you don’t work with XULRunner regularly it’s all confusing and
After a lot of digging I stumbled across the conkeror_mac_bundle, which just does everything for you.
You’ll need Firefox,
gcc (from XCode), and
git clone email@example.com:smazga/conkeror_mac_bundler.git cd conkeror_mac_bundle make install
Boom! You should now have a
/Applications/Conkeror.app. Open and enjoy!