The command-line tools

As an alternative to using the Vuo editor, you can use command-line tools to work with Vuo compositions. Although most Vuo users will only need the Vuo editor, you might want to use the command-line tools if:

A Vuo composition (.vuo file) is actually a text file based on the Graphviz DOT format. You can go through the complete process of creating, compiling, linking, and running a Vuo composition entirely in a shell.

Installing the Vuo SDK

  • Go to and log in to your account

  • Click the Download tab

  • Under the Vuo SDK section, download the Vuo SDK

  • Install the package file (double-click on it in Finder)

  • Open the /Library/Developer/Vuo folder

Do not separate the command-line binaries (vuo-compile, vuo-debug, vuo-link, vuo-render) from the Framework (Vuo.framework) — in order for the command-line binaries to work, they must be in the same folder as the Framework.

Next, add the command-line binaries to your PATH so you can easily run them from any folder.

  • In Terminal, run this command:

echo "export PATH=\$PATH:/Library/Developer/Vuo/framework" >> ~/.bash_profile

  • Close and re-open the Terminal window