Macports package managament for mac

Mac OSX users might be interested to try macports or fink as method for installing open source software.


Fink is based on the debian package management system (dpkg) for source packages and pre-compiled binaries and there is a gui available fink-commander. The main fink website is unavailable at the moment but there are mirrors available for installation of packages.

If you upgrade your mac system it is recommended to produce a list of the packages you have installed using fink, remove fink and then install the appropriate version for your new release of OSX.


Macports provides a system for compiling, installing, and managing open source software, allowing you to compile binaries for distribution on to multiple machines (distribution of binaries is possible but I don’t know if do this).

Migration requires installation of the new version of xcode and macports as explained on the link.


One Response

  1. There seems to be a port package called “homebrew” also.

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