Setup Nativescript MacOS

The Peek platform is designed to run on Linux, however, it is compatible with macOS. Please read through all of the documentation before commencing the installation procedure.

Installation Objective

This Installation Guide contains specific macOS operating system requirements for the configuring of synerty-peek.


This install procedure requires software installed by the prerequisites steps.

Optional Software

  • Android Studio
  • VirtualBox
  • Geny Motion

Required Software

Below is a list of all the required software:

  • nativescript NPM package

Installation Guide

Dependencies for iOS development

Install the xcodeproj ruby gem with the following command.

sudo gem install xcodeproj

Install CocoaPods

sudo gem install cocoapods

Dependencies for Android development

Android Studio

Android Studio is required if you intend to develop the Android NativeScript app.

Download:Android Studio

Launch the Android Studio DMG file.

Drag and drop Android Studio into the Applications folder, then launch Android Studio.

Select whether you want to import previous Android Studio settings, then click OK.

The Android Studio Setup Wizard guides you though the rest of the setup, which includes downloading Android SDK components that are required for development.

Installation Type


If you want to run the SDK tools virtual emulator, check the following, or leave them unchecked
if you want to use Geny Motion.
Check:Android Virtual Device


If you’re install inside a virtual machine you’ll get the following message during the installation of Android Studio.

Unable to install Intel HAXM HAXM doesn’t support nested virtual machines. Unfortunately, the Android Emulator can’t support virtual machine acceleration from within a virtual machine.

SDK Manager

In the Android Manager Welcome screen open the Configure drop down at the bottom of the window and select SDK Manager

Go to the SDK Platforms tab

At the bottom of the window:

Check:Show Package Details

In the list:

Check:Android 7.1.1 Android SDK Platform 25
Uncheck:Unselect the other APIs

Go to the SDK Tools tab

At the bottom of the window:

Check:Show Package Details

In the list:

Check:Android SDK Build-Tools 25.0.3
Uncheck:Unselect the other versions.

Select ‘ok’ and confirm the install

Close Android Studio

Nativescript Package

Install the required NPM packages

Create android dummy repositories file:

touch ~/.android/repositories.cfg

Create symlinks for NativeScript install:

ln -s /Users/peek/Library/Android/sdk /usr/local/opt/android-sdk

# Find the version of java that you have:
ls -d /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_*

# Set the version of java or just leave this as * if there is only one.
sudo ln -s /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_*.jdk/Contents/Home /Library/Java/Home

Edit ~/.bash_profile and insert the following after the first block comment.

Make sure these are before any lines like:

# If not running interactively, don't do anything

Insert :

export ANDROID_HOME="/Users/peek/Library/Android/sdk"


Close and reopen the terminal to ensure the profile takes effect.

Run the following command in a new terminal:

npm -g install nativescript@latest typescript tslint node-sass

Do you want to run the setup script?


Do you have Xcode installed (Xcode was installed during the OS Requirements Setup)?


software license agreements:

Answer:Type q, agree and hit ‘enter’

Allow the script to install Homebrew?


Allow the script to install Java SE Development Kit?


Allow the script to install Android SDK?


Allow the script to install CocoaPods?


Allow the script to install xcodeproj?


Do you want to install Android emulator?


Check the installation with tns in a new terminal:

tns doctor


At this point you may find your self in a real life infinite loop. as tns doctor may ask you to run the setup script again if the setup is broken.

Android Emulator Setup

You can use any emulator. Synerty has written instructions for GenyMotion.


If you’ve setup your development console in a VM, you’ll need to install the Android emulator on the host machine. Skip to these instructions: Android Emulator Setup for VM.

Download and Install VirtualBox


Install GenyMotion, all default options


Run GenyMotion

Create Android device

  1. Select the ‘Add’ button to create a virtual device
  2. Select a device and select next
  3. Update the “Virtual device name” to something shorter (easier to remember and type) and select next

Your virtual device will be retrieved and deployed

ABD Tool Connection Settings

  1. Select ‘Settings’
  2. Select the ‘ABD’ tab
  3. Check the ‘Use custom Android SDK tools’
  4. Paste /Users/peek/Library/Android/sdk
  5. Confirm the the Android SDK tools are found successfully

With a device selected in the “Your virtual devices” list select the “Start” button

Your device emulation will start in a new window

In a terminal run tns device to check tns can find your device.

Android Emulator Setup for VM

If you’ve setup your development console in a VM, you’ll need to install the Android emulator on the HOST MACHINE.

Follow the Android Emulator Setup instructions on the host machine then continue the following these instructions.


If you are NOT using a VM these instructions are not required.


With your emulator device started, run the following commands in terminal:

adb shell ifconfig
adb tcpip 5556

Go to the VM and run the following commands in terminal.

Install Android Platform Tools:

brew cask install android-platform-tools

Connect to your genyMotion device:

adb connect <ip_of_genymotion>:5556

List attached devices:

adb devices

Change to the build_ns directory, check that tns can find the device:

tns devices

What Next?

Refer back to the How to Use Peek Documentation guide to see which document to follow next.