CAM on Mac (or linux)


Since CAM is written in Java, there is no separate version for Mac (or linux) operating systems - just use the version of CAM from the download page. You also need Java 1.6 or later; this should already be installed on up-to-date OS X systems. (If unsure, you can see the java version by typing java -version into a Terminal window. The most recent version can be downloaded for free from the App store or from

Once you have downloaded and unzipped cam, start it by executing the file located in the directory you unzipped the files to, as explained below:

  1. Open Finder. 
  2. Go to your Applications folder, then open the Utilities subfolder. In this subfolder, double-click Terminal.
  3. This will open a command window. In this window:
  4. Change to the directory where you unzipped For instance, if you unzipped it into a folder "cam" on the desktop, you would type cd Desktop [return], then cd cam [return].
  5. When you've got to the folder where you unzipped CAM, type . ./ then hit return. NOTE CAREFULLY: That's two period (full-stop) marks separated by a space, then the forward-slash symbol, then

A message about CAM should appear in the Terminal window, and after a few seconds the CAM loading dialog should appear.

Notes for Mac Retina display users

This information is valid as of 12-12-2012:

Starting CAM using the Mac version of Java 1.6 will take advantage of the retina display. If you use or have installed Oracle Java 7, the application will start in the scaled 'fuzzy' mode. 

Instructions for linux users

The same steps can be used for starting CAM on linux, except you should use instead of