MacOS installation

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Manual Installation


You can install all of the prerequisites by heading over to the prerequisite installation page.

Install TidalCycles

From a terminal, type and run these two commands:

cabal update
cabal install tidal

If you've never installed TidalCycles before, then the cabal install tidal step may take some time. At the end of the command output, it should say Installed tidal-x.x.x (where x.x.x is the latest version number) without any errors.

Install SuperDirt

Start SuperCollider, and in the editor window paste in the following line of code:


Run the code by clicking on it, to make sure the cursor is on this line, then hold down Shift and press Enter. This will download SuperDirt and you will see it has completed when the Post Window displays:

... the class library may have to be recompiled.
-> SuperDirt

After it has completed, you will need to restart SuperCollider (or alternatively, recompile the class library via the “Language” menu).

Install Atom Extension

Start Atom, and install the TidalCycles plugin. You can find it via the menus under edit > settings > install, then typing “tidalcycles” into the search box. Once that’s installed, restart atom.

Test Your Installation

Now you are ready to Start TidalCycles and SuperDirt for the first time.

Automated Installation with TidalBootstrap

You can download Tidal-Bootstrap here.

Please note: There are several reports that tidal-bootstrap currently only works if you install the 8.2.1 version of the haskell platform first. You can download that here.

Here’s a video demonstrating the tidal-bootstrap install process.

Once that’s done, it’s time to Start TidalCycles and SuperDirt for the first time.