How to build moneyGuru


Before being able to build moneyGuru, a few dependencies have to be installed:

General dependencies

Windows prerequisites

The easy way!

There’s an easy way to install the majority of the prerequisites above, and it’s pip which has recently started to support Python 3. So install it and then run:

pip install -r requirements-[osx|win|lnx].txt

([osx|win|lnx] depends, of course, on your platform). Because Sphinx doesn’t support Python 3 yet, it’s not in the requirements file and you’ll have to install it manually. You might have to compile PyObjC manually too (see gotchas below). Sparkle and Advanced Installer, having nothing to do with Python, are also manual installs.

Prerequisite gotchas

Correctly installing the prerequisites is tricky. Make sure you have at least the version number required for each prerequisite.

If you didn’t use mercurial to download this source, you probably have an incomplete source folder! External projects (hscommon, qtlib, cocoalib) need to be at the root of the moneyGuru project folder. You’ll have to download those separately. Or use mercurial, it’s much easier.

As far as I can tell, you don’t have to compile/install everything manually and you can normally use easy_install to install python dependencies. However, be aware that compiling/installing manually from the repositories of each project is what I personally do, so if you hit a snag somewhere, you might want to try the manual way.

PyObjC’s website is badly outdated. Also, as far as I can tell, the package installable with easy_install has good chances of not working. Your best bet is to download the latest tagged version from the repository and compile it from source.

Also, on OS X, don’t try to use the built-in python 2.x to install Sphinx on (the only pre-requisite that doesn’t run on python 3 yet). There’s some weird error popping up when moneyGuru tries to build its help file. Install your own framework version of python 2.7, and then install Sphinx on that. When Sphinx supports Python 3, things will be easier because you’ll be able to install sphinx on the same Python version you build moneyGuru with.

Another one on OS X: I wouldn’t use macports/fink/whatever. Whenever I tried using those, I always ended up with problems.

Also, I don’t know yet if it’s possible to compile moneyGuru with XCode 4, I haven’t tried it yet. It’s safer to use XCode 3.x. However, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, so it very well might work.

Whenever you have a problem, always double-check that you’re running the correct python version. You’ll probably have to tweak your $PATH.

Building moneyGuru

First, make sure you meet the dependencies listed in the section above. Then you need to configure your build with:


If you want, you can specify a UI to use with the --ui option. So, if you want to build moneyGuru with Qt on OS X, then you have to type python --ui=qt. You can also use the --dev flag to indicate a dev build (it will build mg_cocoa.plugin in alias mode).

Then, just build the thing and then run it with:


If you want to create ready-to-upload package, run: