Setting up Kinect on OSX the easy way

Open Terminal

Install homebrew with the following command

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)" 

Make sure homebrew is up to date with

sudo brew update

Change directory to your brew home folder with


cd /usr/local/Library/Formula
curl --insecure -O "https://raw.github.com/OpenKinect/libfreenect/master/platform/osx/homebrew/libfreenect.rb"
curl --insecure -O "https://raw.github.com/OpenKinect/libfreenect/master/platform/osx/homebrew/libusb-freenect.rb"

brew install libfreenect

glview

GlView showing kinect depth view

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3 thoughts on “Setting up Kinect on OSX the easy way

  1. I tried this, but I am getting the following message

    Kinect camera test
    Number of devices found: 0

    When I loo kat the USB profile i see the Kinect, the camera and the audio device, but no motor device

    Im on lion 10.7.4

  2. I installed on snow leopard, but I must admit that I haven’t really played around with it much since then, just tried on my machine (10.7.3) and it’s working. Maybe try re-installing and checking the libfreenect issues on github? Sorry I can’t help more with this.

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