This is a guide on how to install ASReview for MacOS (and Linux).
Check if Python is installed
This section explains how to install Python on your computer. The ASReview software runs with Python in the background. MacOS comes with Python version 2.7 already installed. However, ASReview requires Python 3.6 or higher and therefore, a more recent version of Python should be installed. More knowledge about Python is not necessary to run ASReview. To start ASReview you have to open the Command Line Interface (CLI). The CLI allows you to interact with your computer directly and is operated by text inputs (commands), rather than through a graphical interface with clickable buttons. If this is the first time you’re working in the CLI, don’t worry, as this tutorial will guide you through all the steps.
Step 1: open terminal
To open the CLI, open your Launchpad (in your Dock) and search for the program Terminal. Open the Terminal.
Step 2: check the python version
To check which version of Python is currently installed on your computer, within the terminal, execute the following command (i.e., copy-paste this line of text and press enter):
Now, if the command returns you have a Python version is 3.6 or higher, you can go to the section Install ASReview.
However, if the command returns a Python version lower than 3.6, or a message like
To install Python, we recommend to install Miniconda. Miniconda offers a user-friendly Python environment.
Step 3: install Miniconda
Download the ‘Miniconda3 MacOSX 64-bit pkg’ from the Miniconda website and follow the default installation instructions.
Step 4: Reopen the Terminal
After installing Python, make sure to close and reopen program Terminal and again execute
Step 5: Install ASReview
If your Python version is 3.6 or higher, you can start installing the ASReview on your computer. Execute the following in the Terminal:
If you want to use our COVID-19 plugin with thousands of Corona related papers (CORD19 database + pre-print database), you can install it by executing:
The plugin will be available automatically upon launching ASReview.
Step 6: Open ASReview
Execute the following in the Terminal:
Be aware the software requires the data to be in a specific format, so be prepared!