Install Datashare on Mac

It will help you set up and install Datashare on your computer.

You have 2 options:

  • the simplest, if you have any Mac, is to use the standard option which installs Datashare without Docker. Make sure you install Homebrew before by following these steps.

  • if you have OS X El Capitan 10.11 or a more recent version: you can use the version which installs Datashare with Docker; it is a more powerful version.

Standard (High Sierra and more recent versions)

1. Let's first install Homebrew, which is needed for installing Tesseract OCR. Open your Finder:

2. Search for 'Terminal' in your applications and double click on 'Terminal.app' to open it:

3. A Terminal window opens:

Copy and paste this and press Enter:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"

4. Press 'Enter' when it displays this message:

5. Close the windows when it displays this:

6. Go to this page: datashare.icij.org, scroll down and click 'Download for free'.

7. Go to your 'Downloads' and double-click 'DatashareStandalone.pkg':

8. You might see this window which says '"DatashareStandalone.pkg” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.' Click 'OK'.

9. Go to your Mac's System Preferences:

10. Open 'Security & Privacy':

11. Click 'Open Anyway':

12. Click 'Open':

13. Click 'Continue', 'Install', enter your password and 'Close':

The installation begins. You see a progress bar. It stays a long time on "Running package scripts" because it is installing Tesseract OCR, Java Runtime Environment, Datashare backend and Datashare frontend.

You can see what it actually does by typing command+L, it will open a window which logs every action made.

In the end, you should see this screen:

You can now open Datashare.

Version with Docker installer (OS X El Capitan 10.11)

You need OS X El Capitan 10.11 or a more recent version. 1. Go to Datashare's website: https://datashare.icij.org/

2. Click 'Other platforms and versions':

3. Turn on the toggle button 'Use Docker installer':

4. Click on the latest version on top:

5. Follow the steps starting at point 7 here.