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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. Install Homebrew

Let's first install Homebrew, which is needed for installing Tesseract OCR. You can find Homebrew's instructions here or follow the next steps. Open your Finder:
Search for 'Terminal' in your applications and double click on 'Terminal.app' to open it:
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)"
Press 'Enter' when it displays this message:
Close the windows when it displays this:

2. Download Datashare

Go to this page: datashare.icij.org, scroll down and click 'Download for free'.
Go to your 'Downloads' and double-click 'DatashareStandalone.pkg':

3. Allow Datashare to install

You might see this window which says '"DatashareStandalone.pkg” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.' Click 'OK'.
Go to your Mac's System Preferences:
Open 'Security & Privacy':
Click 'Open Anyway':
Click 'Open':

4. Install Datashare

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.
Go to Datashare's website: https://datashare.icij.org/
Click 'Other platforms and versions':
Turn on the toggle button 'Use Docker installer':
Click on the latest version on top:
Follow the steps to allow and install Datashare here.