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Introduction

Although Delft-FEWS only runs on the supported Operating Systems mentioned here, potential end-users might want to evaluate the Delft-FEWS software by running a Delft-FEWS Stand Alone demo version on a Mac.

In the below mentioned steps you will be guided to get Delft-FEWS running in a Virtual Box on your Mac. 

The steps are as follows:


Step 1: Collect all downloads

Collect the following downloads

  1. Delft-FEWS demo software
  2. Delft-FEWS basic configuration course materials
  3. Virtual Box
  4. Linux ISO (CentOS 7 or CentOS 8). Select one of the 64b options 

Step 2: Install Virtual Box

Install Virtual Box by using Finder and browse for Applications. The *.dmg file for Virtual Box should be in this list.

If the installation of Virtual Box is successfull the below mentioned image will be visible.


Installation NOT successfull?

If the installation is NOT successful, you may have to allow 'Oracle America Inc.' in the Security Settings of your Mac. Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy - General


Step 3: Open Virtual Box and Add a new container (VM)

Open Virtual Box and press the (blue) 'New' Button to add a new 'container'

Fill out all the required details for this new container, like a recognizable name. Navigate through the steps and leave all defaults when prompted.


Set Memory size to: 2048Mb.

Set Hard Disk

Set Hard disk file type

Set File location and size

Set Storage on physical hard disk

Choose the ISO file you have downloaded via 'Settings > Storage > Empty > Choose Virtual Optical Disk File (blue, circular icon)


Once this ISO file has been set to this container, the actual CentOS Linux operating system needs to be installed

Step 4: Start the new container (VM) and install the LINUX/CentOS operating system

Is your VM displayed very small?

Depending on your Mac, you may want to increase the scaling of the VM window. In order to enlarge you need to go to Preferences (in VM Virtual Box menu, top-left) and select Display to change the Scalefactor to 200%

  • Follow the indicated steps for the installation of the chosen LINUX/CentOS ISO
  • Fill out the required parts (like Country, Language, Keyboard etc)
  • In Software Selection, make sure you select the GNOME Desktop from the Base-environment list on the left,. No add-ons from the list on the right are required.
  • Press the Install button in order to get the installation started. When prompted, set a root password and create a new user. Suggested user name is 'fews'. No root permissions needed, just 'normal' permissions
  • Let the install process finish and restart when prompted. See below, some screenshots.

Set Root password (required!)

Create a new user. Call the new user 'fews' (and provide a password)


After the installation is finished, reboot the VM and log on using the credentials of the 'fews' user.


You will be prompted to accept the EULA (End User License Agreement) for CentOS


And set the Network and Host name



Select the Ethernet controller which is prompted and switch it on.

Press the Finish Configuration button in the main screen

Reboot if necessary (and logon again). A LINUX VM is now running on your Mac.

Next is to set up the GNOME Desktop

Step 5: Set up the GNOME Desktop



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