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How to Install XGBoost and LightGBM on MacOS?

  • Last Updated : 18 Oct, 2021

In this article, we will learn how to install XGBoost and LightGBM in Python on macOS. XGBoost is an open-source software library that provides a regularizing gradient boosting framework for C++, Java, Python, R, Julia, Perl, and Scala.

LightGBM, short for Light Gradient Boosting Machine, is a free and open-source distributed gradient boosting framework for machine learning originally developed by Microsoft.

Installation for XGBoost:

Method 1: Using pip to install XGBoost

Follow the below steps to install the XGBoost package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version

checking python and pip version in macos

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in macos

Step 4: Enter the following command to install XGBoost  using pip3.

pip3 install xgboost

installing XGBoost package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using setup.py to install XGBoost (Recommended)

Follow the below steps to install the XGBoost package on macOS using the setup.py file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of XGBoost for python3 from here.

curl https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/cb/15/5a0e2977c2dca5dc374e6ba490674d7807d75e220b9bf2028d83a296d50f/xgboost-1.4.2.tar.gz > XGboost.tar.gz

downloading the source package for XGBoost in macos

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf XGboost.tar.gz

extracting the XGboost.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: Install cmake using pip3 before using setup.py to install xgboost

pip3 install cmake

installing cmake using pip3

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd xgboost-1.4.2
python3 setup.py install

installing XGBoost  on macOS using the setup.py file

Verifying XGBoost installation on macOS:

Make the following import in your python terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:

import xgboost

Verifying XGBoost installation on macOS

If there is any error while importing the module then is not installed properly.

Installation for LightGBM:

Method 1: Using pip to install LightGBM 

Follow the below steps to install the LightGBM package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version

checking python and pip version in macos

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in macos

Step 4: Enter the following command to install LightGBM using pip3.

pip3 install lightgbm

installing LightGBM package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using setup.py to install LightGBM (Recommended)

Follow the below steps to install the LightGBM package on macOS using the setup.py file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of LightGBM for python3 from here.

curl https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/7a/6d/db0f5effd3f7982632111f37fcd2fa386b8407f1ff58ef30b71d65e1a444/lightgbm-3.2.1.tar.gz > LightGBM.tar.gz

downloading the source package for LightGBM in macos

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf LightGBM.tar.gz

extracting the LightGBM.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: Install cmake, gcc, libomp using homebrew before using setup.py to install lightgbm

brew install cmake
brew install gcc
brew install libomp

gcc and cmake installation using homebrewlibomp installation using homebrew

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd lightgbm-3.2.1
python3 setup.py install

installing LightGBM on macOS using the setup.py file

Verifying LightGBM installation on macOS:

Make the following import in your python terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:

import lightgbm

Verifying LightGBM installation on macOS

If there is any error while importing the module then is not installed properly.


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