Building KeePassXC from GitHub Source on MacOS 10.10.5

I’m excited about a community fork of KeePassX called KeePassXC. They offer binary builds for the three major operating systems on their website, however I wanted to build it from source for two reasons: (1) I was a little dubious of KeePassHTTP, which the developers are now building into the pre-built binaries (it appears to be disabled by default, but they have a warning in the README), and (2) I simply wanted the latest version, which already sports some UI improvements from the last time they made the binaries. Plus, to my knowledge, I’ve never built a real application from the source code before.

So, I headed over to their repo on GitHub and got started. Here’s how I did it on OS X 10.10.5.

  1. Set up build environment by following these instructions.

  2. Clone down the current code from GitHub repo: git clone https://github.com/keepassxreboot/keepassxc.git

  3. Follow the updated OS X build instructions

I decided to disable two features of KeePassXC: Auto Type and KeePassHTTP, so in the line below I turned those flags OFF. Also, I needed to find out what version of qt5 I had in order to put the correct version in the DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH flag below. To do this I navigated to /usr/local/Cellar/qt5 and looked at what the latest folder was there. In my case it was 5.8.0_1.

Obviously you may need to edit the line below according to what flags you want and your version of qt5.

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES=x86_64 -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release \
  -DWITH_XC_AUTOTYPE=OFF -DWITH_XC_HTTP=OFF -DWITH_XC_YUBIKEY=ON \
  -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/usr/local/Cellar/qt5/5.8.0_1/lib/cmake ..
make -j8 package

The above step, if completed successfully, will create a fresh DMG file in the build directory you created. Double click it to install KeePassXC (then drag it into your Applications folder).

My resulting debug info:

KeePassXC - Version 2.1.3
Revision: b7546b45b3c48e2ffa150be72fc6ce03db1adf00

Libraries:
- Qt 5.8.0
- libgcrypt 1.7.6

Operating system: OS X Yosemite (10.10)
CPU architecture: x86_64
Kernel: darwin 14.5.0

Enabled extensions:
- YubiKey

Update: I tried pulling down the updated source code from GitHub and building the new version, but now, after I install the built DMG, I can’t open KeePassXC. The error is a bit long and complex… I might generate it again to post on here at some point.

I even tried to check out the 2.1.4 and then the 2.1.3 tags but I got the same error. Hopefully it’s some glitch in the source code…?

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