QCachegrind ( KCachegrind ) on Mac OS X

Simple instructions on how to install QCachegrind ( a.k.a KCachegrind ) on Mac OS X.


Building KCachegrind on Mac OS X is a giant pain, most people I know using it will just fire up a Linux virtual machine instead.

Turns out there is another option. The KCachegrind repository includes QCachegrind, which is easy to build on Mac OS X once you have QT installed ( download 4.8.5 for Mac ).

5 thoughts on “QCachegrind ( KCachegrind ) on Mac OS X”

  1. Anupam — thanks for that! Love cachegrind, but hate building it — this is great.

    One thing — it looks like you still need to follow the instructions from https://gist.github.com/justfalter/1029580#file-how_to_install_qcachegrind_on_osx-txt about linking to dot if you want graphs:
    After installing dot (e.g.,
    brew install graphviz

    # By default, Graphviz installs dot to /usr/local/bin/dot, which qcachgrind.app
    # might not find since /usr/local/bin isn’t in PATH by default (I think). In order
    # to ensure that my graphs render, I created a symlink from /usr/bin/dot to /usr/local/bin/dot:
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/dot /usr/bin/dot

  2. This does no longer work in OSX El Capitan due to System Integration Protection:
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/dot /usr/bin/dot

    $ cd /Applications/qcachegrind.app/Contents/MacOS
    $ mv qcachegrind qcachegrind.bin
    $ echo ‘#!/bin/bash
    export PATH=”$PATH:/usr/local/bin”
    $(dirname $0)/qcachegrind.bin
    exit 0’ > qcachegrind
    $ chmod +x qcachegrind

    Then start qcachegrind as usual.

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