Download and Install Passport – Mac OS

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Similar to the Linux process, there are only a few steps to download and install Passport in your test or production environment. Most existing identity technologies have a complex hierarchy of realms, principals, and distinguished names that restricts where they can be installed and requires extensive configuration. The following tutorial will explain how to install Passport for Mac OS and be up and running in just a few minutes. It will also install and run on:

  • Linux – all distributions (64-bit) – View installation
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 (64-bit) w/ Windows Management Framework 3.0 or newer
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) w/ Windows Management Framework 3.0 or newer
  • Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) w/ Windows Management Framework 3.0 or newer

We will share tutorials for these systems in the near future, but please contact us at if you need help before they are released.

Get Started

Before you start installing onto MacOS, do a quick check on your system to make sure it meets the minimum requirements. You will need:

  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or newer
  • MySQL 5.6.1 database or newer
  • Or PostgreSQL 9.5 database or newer

Download and Install Passport MacOS Requirements

Refer to the latest documentation on for minimum requirements. Be sure to install your database before you continue.

Download and Install Passport

Start by going to and logging into your account. (If you haven’t already, use the Passport Setup Wizard to establish your account.) Select the “my account” option in the top right of the page.  Find your Passport Licenses and select the blue download button on the right side of the page

You are now on the downloads page. This page has links to all of the needed files to install and run Passport. You will notice there are file types for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. For this demonstration I will be using the MAC OS X files.

Download and Install Passport MacOS Downloads

There are two file packages to download – the Backend AND the Search Engine Package. Make sure to download both, I will briefly cover what each one is for in a later step.

Selecting the Passport Backend ZIP file for MAC will download the file to wherever your browser sends downloaded files. Again, make sure you download BOTH the Search engine AND the backend for OSX. As a final note, at this time you can ignore the Database downloads section. The passport backend will automatically create a database for you upon your initial login to Passport.

Install Passport Search Engine

Now that you have the zip files for the backend and search engine downloaded we will need to extract and install them. Let start with the search engine. The Search Engine package contains the Elasticsearch Service that Passport uses to index and search for users.

Use Finder to navigate to where you downloaded the search engine package. In my system I used the Downloads  folder. From there extract the package to any destination folder that you like. For convenience, I have created the directory iversoft to extract the files to.

After extracting,  you will want to start the search engine service. The search engine should always be started before the backend. To start this service open Terminal, and enter this command –

Download and Install Passport MacOS Elasticsearch

Keep in mind your file location may be different than this tutorial so replace the directory with your own directory that contains the search engine files.

Install Passport Backend

Repeat the same process to extract and move the backend files. The backend is the web service that handles all API calls and provides the web-based management interface to Passport.

To start the backend service run this command from your terminal.   

Download and Install Passport MacOS Backend

Next, access Passport’s Maintenance Mode setup via the browser. If you installed Passport Backend on your local machine, you’ll access this interface by opening http://localhost:9011 in your browser. If Passport is running on a remote server, change the server name in the URL to match your server’s name.

The first step of Maintenance Mode will prompt you to enter your license Id. You can retrieve your license Id from the Inversoft website by logging into your Inversoft account and copying the key from the licenses page.

Configure Passport’s Database

The next step will be to configure the database connection to allow Passport to configure the database. To complete this step you will need to confirm the database type, host, port and database name. The connection type defaults to MySQL with the default MySQL port of 3306. If you are connecting to a PostgreSQL database the default port is 5432,  although your configuration may be different.

Download and Install Passport MacOS Database

In the Super User credentials section you will need to supply Passport with a username and password to the database so that it may create a new database and configure the Passport schema. The provided credentials must have adequate authority to complete this successfully. These credentials are not persisted and only utilized to complete maintenance mode.

The final section labeled Passport credentials will be used to define a new database user to own the Passport schema and connect to the database when Passport starts up. While default values for this section have been provided, at minimum the password field should be modified to utilize a password of higher entropy. These credentials will be saved to the configuration file.

Click the submit button once you have completed this form and if the provided credentials and database connection information was correct you should see an in progress panel indicating that Passport is starting up. Once this step completes Passport will be running and ready for you to complete the initial configuration using the Passport Setup Wizard. If you need any help with these steps, you can refer to our installation documentation at, or feel free to email

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