Installing PEAR on OSX 10.9 Mavericks and OSX10.8/10.7

PEAR is a poplular PHP package manager, it doesn’t come by default on OSX, how to install PEAR on OSX 10.9 Mavericks and earlier versions of OSX.

Check if you have it

pear version

If not, move into:

cd /usr/local

Get it

curl -O

if you are denied permission try it with sudo

sudo curl -O


Install It

sudo php -d detect_unicode=0 go-pear.phar

Click yes a couple of times during the install


Add PEAR to your PATH


vi .bashrc


vi .bash_profile

Add to your PATH variable:


So the PATH variable line will look something like this, each path is separated by a colon and finished with the variable $PATH, in the example below the pear path is the 2nd one

export PATH="/usr/local/mysql/bin:/Users/USERNAME/pear/bin:$PATH"


source .bash_profile


pear version

Output should be

PEAR Version: 1.9.4
PHP Version: 5.4.17
Zend Engine Version: 2.4.0
Running on: Darwin admins-MacBook.local 13.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0: Thu Sep 19 22:22:27 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2422.1.72~6/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
That’s PEAR installed and ready.
To upgrade PEAR
pear upgrade pear
To upgrade PEAR packages either name the package name after the command or to upgrade all just run
pear upgrade