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MacPorts for Mac

Install open-source software on Darwin OSes (was DarwinPorts).

Free
In English
4.7
Based on 19 user rates

MacPorts overview

MacPorts provides an easy way to install various open-source software products on macOS. MacPorts manages the dependencies for you and makes it easy to later update or uninstall software too. MacPorts provides binary archives of much of the software available in its collection so that you can install software quickly without having to compile it yourself.

Note: The screenshot shown in this listing comes from Pallet, a separate graphical user interface available here.

What’s new in version 2.9.0

  • Upgrade will now update registry metadata if needed for ports that are not outdated. This should hopefully cut down on revision increases requiring a rebuild just to do things like add or remove dependencies.
  • Added new option startupitem.logfile.stderr. (#67955, mascguy in e70a512)
  • Many single-letter command line options should now work when given after the action name, and apply only to that action. A few like -N can't easily be turned on and off internally, so if in doubt, keep putting single-letter options before the action.
  • Ports that set platforms containing any are now not considered outdated after major OS updates.
  • Dependencies installed for the first time when upgrading a port no longer inherit all variants from the dependent port. Arch checking is now done in this case so +universal is added to the dependency iff needed.
  • Prevented rev-upgrade from complaining about weakly-linked libs that are not present.
  • Avoid installing build-time dependencies when force-upgrading an installed port for which a binary archive will be used.
  • Fixed error when running upgrade with -R and -u options.
  • Fixed rev-upgrade potentially trying to access registry entries that have been uninstalled as a result of a rebuild.
  • Fixed missing make command potentially causing some ports to fail to parse.
  • Prevented destroot.keepdirs from creating files outside the destroot.
  • Running port install on a port that is already installed will set the requested flag for that port.
  • Fixed trace mode on Intel macOS 13.
  • Fixed incorrect trace mode handling of setuid/setgid binaries.
  • Fixed the deactivate and uninstall actions sometimes not handling multiple ports in correct dependency order if one or more of them was specified with non-canonical case.
  • Fixed port names that differ only in case not being considered to be the same when evaulating boolean expressions.
  • Fixed some issues that could occur in the unusual case that a mirror has an archive but not its corresponding signature.
  • If the macports user has an incorrect home directory set somehow, the installer should now fix it.
  • Skip vacuuming the registry database on shutdown (after uninstalling one or more ports) if it would not save significant space.
  • Clean up the SQLite write-ahead log file when closing the registry.
  • Added a simple default test phase for all ports, which currently just checks the architectures of installed files. test.run yes enables the tests defined by the Portfile, as before. It should always be safe to run port test now, and if it fails it means a test didn't pass.
  • Using multiple threads for portindex.
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MacPorts for Mac

Free
In English
Version 2.9.0
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4.7

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MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Oct 3 2018
2.5.4
5.0
Oct 3 2018
5.0
Version: 2.5.4
I'm mainly a homebrewer, but for the occasional other package, I need MacPorts, and I like it a lot. Though the weird thing is that the latest update 2.5.4 doesn't support Xcode 10 on High Sierra; to use MacPorts 2.5.4 with Xcode 10, you need to be on Mojave.
ylluminate
ylluminate
May 25 2018
2.4.4
5.0
May 25 2018
5.0
Version: 2.4.4
After years of using and then now struggling with Homebrew, I've finally come home with MacPorts. Markedly better, more offerings that cater to user needs and wants (much more so than just being developer-centric like 'Brew). Our team has even started contributing to MacPorts and are finding development really nice with TCL and the dev community's also less hostile.
Nealnt
Nealnt
May 25 2018
2.4.4
3.0
May 25 2018
3.0
Version: 2.4.4
Version 2.4.4 el capitan gets stuck at verifying. Any ideas?
wintermute
wintermute
Aug 19 2015
2.3.3
0.0
Aug 19 2015
0.0
Version: 2.3.3
Anyone get Pallet to work with MacPorts on OS X v. 10.10.5? I keep getting an error about MacPorts_Framework. I'm a newbie to MacPorts and don't understand how to solve the issue when reading through the user wiki. Somebody posted a bunch of diff patches for download that are supposed to address the problem. How are these applied? It looks like this problem with Pallet has been around for over a year... that is pretty sad considering that adding a GUI (which Pallet does) is likely the first thing a newbie (like me) would do to make managing and viewing packages easier.
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Oct 18 2014
2.3.2
5.0
Oct 18 2014
5.0
Version: 2.3.2
@wordWeaver Update: "Thanks to help form Ryan Schmidt, I was finally able to install MacPorts 2.3.1 on my Yosemite 10.10 Public Beta 1 iMac, running Xcode 6 beta 5. The problem was that I had to set the path to the Xcode beta app in the Terminal, and also install a brand new installation of MacPorts using the source tarball. In other words, if you are also running the Yosemite beta or DP, you cannot use the MacPorts 2.3.1 DMG file, or the "sudo port -v selfupdate" command in the Terminal. You must install a fresh copy of MacPorts under Yosemite using the source tarball. It will then also allow you to update your ports as well. Hope this helps someone." Please Help. How do I get The Developer Tools BETA edition you mentioned in your comment? How do i get the SDK? I am sort of a novice.Ionly want to install Pan on my copy of Yosemite and maybe Kstars if I am successful.
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Oct 3 2018
5.0
Oct 3 2018
5.0
Version: null
ylluminate
ylluminate
May 25 2018
5.0
May 25 2018
5.0
Version: null
Nealnt
Nealnt
May 25 2018
3.0
May 25 2018
3.0
Version: null
Toosit
Toosit
Sep 12 2015
5.0
Sep 12 2015
5.0
Version: null
Priosantos Jan
Priosantos Jan
Feb 7 2013
5.0
Feb 7 2013
5.0
Version: null
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Feb 5 2013
5.0
Feb 5 2013
5.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jul 27 2012
5.0
Jul 27 2012
5.0
Version: null
mymon
mymon
May 15 2012
5.0
May 15 2012
5.0
Version: null
Eridani
Eridani
Dec 6 2011
5.0
Dec 6 2011
5.0
Version: null
Shooters
Shooters
Sep 18 2011
5.0
Sep 18 2011
5.0
Version: null
fonginator
fonginator
Sep 17 2011
5.0
Sep 17 2011
5.0
Version: null
Mr-W-
Mr-W-
Jul 30 2011
4.5
Jul 30 2011
4.5
Version: null
UnconventionalT
UnconventionalT
Dec 4 2010
5.0
Dec 4 2010
5.0
Version: null
Yildi
Yildi
Jun 20 2010
5.0
Jun 20 2010
5.0
Version: null
Borlox
Borlox
Jun 10 2010
5.0
Jun 10 2010
5.0
Version: null
Albion
Albion
Sep 5 2009
1.0
Sep 5 2009
1.0
Version: null
Fonik
Fonik
Aug 9 2008
5.0
Aug 9 2008
5.0
Version: null
Gaoshan
Gaoshan
Dec 27 2006
5.0
Dec 27 2006
5.0
Version: null
Eliashc
Eliashc
Dec 26 2006
5.0
Dec 26 2006
5.0
Version: null