[chirp_users] Noob question re: Mac setup

chirp.cordless at xoxy.net chirp.cordless at xoxy.net
Wed Oct 10 20:32:25 PDT 2012

You probably need to install the driver. See http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/MacOS_Tips

Use System Information -> USB to find your cable in the USB device tree.
If it's a Prolific device, you can try the open source driver mentioned on that page,
although the one at http://xbsd.nl/2011/07/pl2303-serial-usb-on-osx-lion.html
seems to get better press.

If it's an RT systems cable (probably FTDI inside), get their driver, see above reference.

If it's a generic FTDI cable, get the driver from the FTDI website at

I was just going to point you at the above Chirp page, but that looks
to be in need of some serious update.


On Oct 10, 2012, at 8:07 PM, Matthew J. Mason - mason.matthew.j at gmail.com <+chirp+cordless+21e5df03ee.mason.matthew.j#gmail.com at spamgourmet.com> wrote:

> Greetings: Brand new to CHIRP and have just cloned my FT-857 (in Windows, running Parallels on a Mac).  
> I'd really like to figure out how to run it natively in OS X and have installed the Python package and the latest CHIRP build, but can't get CHIRP to see any ports other than a couple of Bluetooth entries in the ports list. 
> I'm also fairly new to Macs, so am not sure how to manually address the port from within CHIRP.
> Can anyone point me to useful startup documentation for Mac users (assuming my radio interface cable is good, since it works well for me on the Windows side)?
> Thanks
> Matt
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