The Hero Dies in This One

Native Formula 1™ Live Timing on Mac OS X

I normally use the Live Timing feature on, but that requires Java and doesn’t look quite as kick ass as the “original” that the teams have on their pit lane command post monitors. Plus, you can’t have it use all of the available space on screen.

Luckily, a friend pointed me to Live F1, which is a Unix application that uses the same stream as the Java applet on the website, just without, well, the Java.

Time to compile it on OS X. This assumes you have Homebrew installed; if you are still using MacPorts or, god forbid, Fink, let me offer you my sincere condolences.

  1. Download the latest live-f1 release from
  2. Unpack it somewhere
  3. Fire up a Terminal and cd to that folder
  4. brew install pkg-config
  5. brew install neon
  6. NEON_LIBS="-L/usr/local/Cellar/neon/0.29.3/lib -lneon" NEON_CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/Cellar/neon/0.29.3/include/neon" ./configure (assuming you installed neon 0.29.3; if brew installed a newer version, adjust the path accordingly).
  7. make && make install
  8. Run live-f1 and enjoy. If that gives you “live-f1: insufficient lines on display”, increase the size of your Terminal window.