This post is intended to be a step to step reference for setting up a fresh Mac or Linux machine for development.

Additional Setup Step for Mac

My computer is a Mac, so there is one more step! Homebrew!! (Or use the code below in your terminal)

/usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL”

After installing homebrew, just use brew to install Git, VS Code, and everything else.

Basic Installs

Before you even decide on what stack you would want to go with (Given that you have very little to no programming experience.) I think you should get the following:

  1. Github (Or equivalence such as Bitbucket.)
    sudo apt install git
    mkdir ~/git && cd ~/git
    git config --global "Your name"
    git config --global "Your email address"
    # This is optional, but I like to remove remote branches automatically.
    git config --global fetch.prune true
  2. SSH Enable SSH:
    sudo systemctl start ssh
    sudo systemctl enable ssh

    Google how to make keys! If you will have services that need to use your keys (I would recommend to prepare a different set of keys with limited privilage.) You could also save your keys in keychain,

    keychain --agents
    source .keychain/`hostname`-sh
    keychain --eval
    eval `keychain --eval`

    In your local environment, I’d also recommend you to setup keyforwarding in ~/.ssh/config,

    Host $IPs
      ForwardAgent yes
      HostKeyAlgorithms +ssh-dss

    Lastly, SSH! If you want a more secure way to communicate with a server without typing in password. 🙂

  3. Python In whichever environment, it’s best-practice to not depend on system python for development or production scripts. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to install miniconda as listed below.


    bash -b -p ~/miniconda3


    bash -b -p ~/miniconda3

    For both versions, initialize and setup .bash_profile after the installation.

    source ~/miniconda3/bin/activate && conda init

    Log out and log back in and miniconda will be your default python.

If, for some reason you get the error ERROR: cannot verify's certificate using wget, you can probably run:

curl -o

Python Virtual Environment

BEFORE YOU START: Create a virtual environment You can save it anywhere, I would recommend doing it within the git directory,

mkdir -p ~/git/.venv && python3 -m venv $REPO_venv
source ~/git/.venv/REPO_venv/bin/activate

I would also recommend setting up alias in your ~/.bashrc (Or .bash_profile) and/or create a bash script in ~/,


. /home/`whoami`/.keychain/`hostname`-sh

# >>> conda initialize >>>
# !! Contents within this block are managed by 'conda init' !!
__conda_setup="$('/home/`whoami`/anaconda3/bin/conda' 'shell.bash' 'hook' 2> /dev/null)"
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
    eval "$__conda_setup"
    if [ -f "/home/tto/`whoami`/etc/profile.d/" ]; then
        . "/home/tto/`whoami`/etc/profile.d/"
        export PATH="/home/`whoami`/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
unset __conda_setup
# <<< conda initialize <<<

# Custom Setting
export ORACLE_HOME="/opt/oracle/instantclient"

cd /home/`whoami`/Envs/$1
source $1"_venv/bin/activate"

Remote Servers (VPS)

If it’s on a remote server, Setup the firewall and other security measures! Coming Soon!

  1. Docker
    Follow the instructions on the docker ubuntu page:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common
    curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli
Follow the post-installation instructions:
sudo groupadd docker
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
# You'll need to log out and log back in for the permissions to take effect.

Disable apparmor, otherwise you might have trouble killing docker containers3:

sudo systemctl disable apparmor.service --now
sudo service apparmor teardown
sudo systemctl restart docker
  1. Database - Postgres (Or equivalence such as MySQL or MongoDB.)
    sudo apt install postgresql-client

    Now on to the language of your choice! I went with Python3 and JavaScript. Anything after this would be whatever you want! (AKA building your OWN stack.)


VSCode 1 (Or equivalence such as Atom or Sublime.) * Vim doesn’t count. * I personally recommend VSCode especially if you are like me, coding from a 2015 Mac Air to the VSP. * Check out Vultr or Linode

The next thing is to link your ~/.bashrc with your ~/.bash_profile so you could just update one main bash file for all of your custom commands in case you have to access both login and non-login terminal on your Mac.

If on Mac, you may also want to add the code command to your PATH.

Python Customization

If you are new to Python, I suggest you go straight into Python 3. Here is a pretty good intro on what you’d need for the setup. I’ve also installed some of the sublime plugins following this tutorial and this post, however, YMMV. If you are coding in Python 2, DON’T remove the pre-installed python and install python via brew. 2

Additional Python setup

Every language has their own style, the most common styles for python are Black and Flake8, so installing them as your linters would be a good start,

pip install black flake8

Additional Reference