Update 15 April 2014 Erlang/OTP 17.0 is released. Read the updated HOWTO here.
Update 11 Feb 2014 Dan GudMundsson pointed out that starting with R17 both 32 and 64 bit Erlang will work with wxWidgets. I’ve updated part of this blog post with the instructions found in the official Erlang/OTP installation HOWTO.
This post is based on HOWTO: Getting wx to work with Erlang r16b02 on OS X by Martin Schuerrer
Erlang R17-rc1 is ‘the best Erlang yet’ and contains two significant language changes: Maps and named arguments in funs.
Erlang uses wxWidgets, a cross platform GUI library for it’s GUI tools. This build dependency was hard to get working pre-R17, especially for 64-bit Erlang. However, R17 brings double rainbows and care bears for everyone that reads this HOWTO. So Enjoy!
Set correct Xcode path for compilation
or if you installed a beta version (in my case
wxWidgets is a Cross Platform GUI library that’s used by Erlang for applications like Observer.
Execute this line and get some coffee, walk the dog, take out the trash and/or play with your kids. Compilation takes a while.
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Check that you got the correct wx-config
Kerl is a utility that helps you build and manage multiple instances of Erlang/OTP.
~/.kerlrc. I use
$ vim ~/.kerlrc.
Add these lines:
Build & Install Erlang with kerl
For a 32-bit Erlang prefix
kerl build with
And bliss out on your new wx-enabled Erlang: