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Mac Installation Guide

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Manual Installation

Install the prerequisites (Required)

  • Install Homebrew (if not already installed) by following the instructions on
  • Install Node.js and npm by running brew install node

Download LibreChat (Required)

  • Open Terminal and clone the repository by running git clone
  • Change into the cloned directory by running cd LibreChat
  • Create a .env file by running cp .env.example .env
  • Install dependencies by running: npm ci
  • Build the client by running: npm run frontend

You will only need to add your MONGO_URI (next step) for LibreChat to work. Make sure LibreChat works with the basic configuration first, you can always come back to the .env later for advanced configurations. See: .env configuration

Create a MongoDB database (Required)

  • Create an online MongoDB database or Install MongoDB by running brew tap mongodb/brew and brew install mongodb-community
  • add your MONGO_URI in the .env file (use vscode or any text editor)

Choose only one option, online or brew. Both have pros and cons

Setup your AI Endpoints (Required)

  • At least one AI endpoint should be setup for use.

User/Auth System (Optional)

  • Set up the user/auth system and various social logins.

Download MeiliSearch for macOS (Optional):

  • This enables the conversation search feature
  • You can download the latest MeiliSearch binary for macOS from their GitHub releases page:
  • Look for the file named meilisearch-macos-amd64 (or the equivalent for your system architecture) and download it.

  • Make the binary executable:

  • Open Terminal and navigate to the directory where you downloaded the MeiliSearch binary. Run the following command to make it executable: chmod +x meilisearch-macos-amd64

  • Run MeiliSearch:

  • Now that the binary is executable, you can start MeiliSearch by running the following command: ./meilisearch-macos-amd64 --master-key your_master_key_goes_here

    • Replace your_master_key_goes_here with your desired master key!
  • MeiliSearch will start running on the default port, which is 7700. You can now use MeiliSearch in your LibreChat project.

  • Remember to include the MeiliSearch URL and Master Key in your .env file. Your .env file should include the following lines:


Important: use the same master key here and in your .env file.

  • With MeiliSearch running and configured, the LibreChat project should now have the Conversation search feature enabled.

Start LibreChat

  • In the LibreChat directory, start the application by running npm run backend
  • Visit: http://localhost:3080 & enjoy

  • Create a script to automate the starting process by creating a new file named in the LibreChat directory and pasting the following code:
# Replace "your_master_key_goes_here" with your MeiliSearch Master Key
if [ -x "$(command -v ./meilisearch)" ]; then
    ./meilisearch --master-key your_master_key_goes_here &
npm run backend
  • Make the script executable by running: chmod +x

  • You can now start LibreChat by running: ./

Update LibreChat

  • Run npm run update from the project directory for a clean installation.

If you're having issues running this command, you can try running what the script does manually:

# Terminal on macOS, prefix commands with `sudo` as needed
# Step 1: Get the latest changes
# 1a - Fetch the latest changes from Github
git fetch origin

# 1b - Switch to the repo's main branch
git checkout main

# 1c - Pull the latest changes to the main branch from Github
git pull origin main

# Step 2: Delete all node_modules directories
# 2a - Define the list of directories we will delete

# 2b - Loop over each directory and delete the node_modules folder if it exists
for dir in "${directories[@]}"; do
    if [ -d "$nodeModulesPath" ]; then
        echo "Deleting node_modules in $dir"
        rm -rf "$nodeModulesPath"

# Step 3: Clean the npm cache
npm cache clean --force

# Step 4: Install dependencies
npm ci

# Step 5: Build client-side (frontend) code
npm run frontend

# Start LibreChat
npm run backend

The above assumes that you're using the default Terminal application on macOS and are executing the commands from the project directory. The commands are written in Bash, which is the default shell for macOS (though newer versions use zsh by default, but these commands should work there as well).

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