CircleCI Runner Installation on macOS

This page describes how to install CircleCI runner on macOS.

Please review the Installing the CircleCI Runner page to verify prerequisites and authentication.

Create a CircleCI runner configuration

Choose a user to run the CircleCI agent. These instructions refer to the selected user as USERNAME.

Complete the template shown below, with the various capitalized parameters filled in. When complete, save the template as launch-agent-config.yaml.

  auth_token: AUTH_TOKEN
  # On server, set url to the hostname of your server installation. For example,
  # url:

  command_prefix : ["sudo", "-niHu", "USERNAME", "--"]
  working_directory: /tmp/%s
  cleanup_working_directory: true

  file: /Library/Logs/com.circleci.runner.log

Install the CircleCI Runner configuration

Create a directory as root to hold the CircleCI runner configuration:

sudo mkdir -p '/Library/Preferences/com.circleci.runner'

Copy the previously created launch-agent-config.yaml into the directory:

sudo cp 'launch-agent-config.yaml' '/Library/Preferences/com.circleci.runner/launch-agent-config.yaml'

Install the launchd .plist

Copy the following to /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.circleci.runner.plist, owned by root, with permissions 644:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">




        <!-- The agent needs to run at all times -->

        <!-- This prevents macOS from limiting the resource usage of the agent -->

        <!-- Increase the frequency of restarting the agent on failure, or post-update -->

        <!-- Wait for 10 minutes for the agent to shut down (the agent itself waits for tasks to complete) -->

        <!-- The agent uses its own logging and rotation to file -->

Enable the launchd service

If you are following these instructions for a second time, you should unload the following existing service:

sudo launchctl unload '/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.circleci.runner.plist'

Now you can load the service:

sudo launchctl load '/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.circleci.runner.plist'

Verify the service is running

The macOS application console can be used to view the logs for the CircleCI agent. Look under "Log Reports" for the logs called com.circleci.runner.log.

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