XQuartz 2.7.5
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XQuartz is a community supported version of the X11 server for Mac OS X.
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Version 2.7.5:
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GeoProf commented on 18 Oct 2012
Could a macUpdate staff member please update the XQuartz short description? It still says “Community supported update to X11 in Leopard,” but if I’m not mistaken (and it’s entirely possible that I am), the last version of XQuartz that ran on Leopard was 2.6.3, and the current version (2.7.4) runs only on Snow Leo, Lion and Mountain Lion. Thanks.
[Version 2.7.4]



Michael Haeusler reviewed on 02 Jun 2012
XQuartz has already saved my ass once.
[Version 2.7.2]



Derekcurrie reviewed on 20 Feb 2012
This IS X11. This is where Apple contributes to and sources what they provide with Mac OS X as X11. The XQuartz project is typically well ahead of what Apple provide.

This is GEEKWARE. It requires knowledge of using the CLI found in the Terminal app for full capability. If you don't know what X11 is, if you don't know what MacPorts are or what Fink/Porticus/PortAuthority/Pallet are, then don't download XQuartz. Don't install it. Don't write a one star review out of ignorance. Learn about X11 and XQuartz first.

I use X11 apps and features frequently. I love this stuff. But I am a geek and I have taken the time to learn how to use this. I also have unfathomably patience setting up this geek level stuff. It takes unfathomable patience to use X11 because it is designed by geeks for geeks, not for average or even intermediate users. It is in fact a big, frustrating PITA to use X11 successfully! But the rewards are a lot of fun.

ALSO NOTE: Apple are no longer going to provide X11 with Mac OS X! It come with the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installer. INSTEAD Apple are going to direct Mac users to download exactly what we have here: XQuartz, the source project for X11. So if you like X11, download the latest stable XQuartz and get to work with it!

BUT! Be sure to read ALL the documentation at the source website BEFORE you download or install new versions. Because this is geekware, IT HAS BUGS. Some bugs may mean that it won't install on or work with your version of Mac OS X. Please do your homework so you're ready for the XQuartz's challenges.
[Version 2.7.14]

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Apeman replied on 28 Aug 2012
But you don't need to know much if all you use it for is GIMP or Inkscape. That's about all I use if or now. I run an occasional script, but that's about it.

pejaham commented on 05 Nov 2011
The application version is 2.7.0 - not 2.70 as indicated in the title (after update MacUpdate keeps complaining).
[Version 2.70]


Negritude commented on 21 Jul 2011
FYI, they rolled out one last version for Leopard:


From the developer:


"XQuartz 2.6.3 is a stability and security release of the 2.6 series. It pulls in various bug fixes found over the past few months including some annoying crashers with RandR, quartz-wm window placement issues, and better support for AFP home directories. In addition, this release includes fixes for the libpng vulnerabilities announced earlier this month.

"Due to the nature of these changes, I decided to roll one last release of XQuartz for Leopard. This should be the last release to support Leopard. I previously said 2.6.1 would be the last Leopard release, but this time I mean it ;)"
[Version 2.6.3]



Nukefixer reviewed on 24 Dec 2010
Unfortunately I downloaded this and installed it by mistake and do not want it on my computer. I am a 3 month old MacBook Pro user with snow leopard OS, how exactly do I uninstall this so I can revert back to problem free Mac OS updates as this indicates from now on I will have some conflicts?

I would appreciate anyones detailed help.

When I go into terminal as its suggested on the developers page and use whats mentioned, the sudo command, I am asked for a password prior to it running, I never installed a password on my computer when initially setting it up?

Also is it possible to somehow disable this and use the Apple version from now on?

And I'm giving this low marks only because it will not allow me to submit these remarks unless I fill out the stars!

Thank you,

[Version 2.6.0]

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Negritude replied on 27 Jan 2011
Read the FAQ:


And in the future, stay away from software that you don't understand. Just because it appears on MacUpdate doesn't mean it's intended for use by everybody. Some software is only for advanced users.

Jeremyhu replied on 30 Apr 2011
Gary, I'm sorry you are having an issue uninstalling.

sudo gives you administrative (root) access to your system and uses your user password to do so. You were required to provide your password when you installed the software, so I'm puzzled why you think you don't have one. Please enter your user password using the uninstallation commands on the website.

Also, what problems are you seeing with the newer version of XQuartz that makes you want to revert to the version installed with Snow Leopard?

Nukefixer replied on 30 Apr 2011
Thanks for all your help Negritude, you are a lot of help, obviously you consider yourself an advanced user, pardon me for not heeding your condescending advice........

Negritude commented on 20 Dec 2010
Note to Leopard users from the developer:

"If you're a Leopard user, I'm sorry, but your update has been delayed (probably until January). I lost my connection to my Leopard box while creating the package and won't have access to it for a couple weeks. 2.6.0_rc1 should serve you well until then."


Info on RC1 for Leopard, if you can't wait 2 weeks:

[Version 2.6.0]

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Negritude replied on 27 Jan 2011
The version for Leopard and PPC users is now available:


Evilskull commented on 10 Jul 2010
Release notes for 2.5.1 here: http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/X112.5.1
[Version 2.5.1]


Zx81 commented on 23 May 2010
Official release or not, it just works and I'm just another happy Gimp user!
[Version 2.5.0]


Manfred Bergmann commented on 27 Mar 2010
There is no trace of this release on the web page.
Where does this come from?
[Version 2.5 rc2]

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Mark Everitt replied on 27 Mar 2010
See the response to my comment below yours.
Bbos had trouble on 17 Oct 2009
Hi guys,

I'm having a similar problem to that reported by RODJEN.

17/10/09 1:48:31 PM defaults[27340]
The domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist

17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: creating new authority file /Users/bsmith/.serverauth.27313
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: (stdin):2: unknown command "f60c7923c75ea2b00b5b1141d27a1f69"
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: (stdin):3: unknown command "f60c7923c75ea2b00b5b1141d27a1f69"
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Xquartz: X11.app = /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Xquartz: Starting X server: /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11 --listenonly
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] dyld: Library not loaded: /Appli
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] cations/Utilities/X11.app/Contents/Frameworks/Sparkle.framework/Versions/A/Sparkle
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Referenced from: /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Reason: image not found
17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.privileged_startx[5656] font_cache: Updating FC cache
17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] font_cache: Done
17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] waiting for X server to begin accepting connections
17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] waiting for X server to begin accepting connections
17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.privileged_startx[5656] font_cache: Done

I found Sparkle 1.5b6


Should it be ok just to install this? Will it help and not break anything else. I don't have any unusual installs afaik.


[Version 2.4]

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Bbos commented on 17 Oct 2009

Well rather ...

So the current version of X11 wasn't working so I downloaded the new version and installed it. I was getting the errors shown above and posted the TROUBLE comment.

However I noticed from the log file where I went wrong. I just renamed the old version to "X11_crashing" and even though I installed a new version, some how the install was done into this X11_crashing. However there was an X11 created but it seems like the X11_crashing changed its name to this. So I was infact still launching the old version when I crated the above TROUBLE report.

I cleaned all this up and it now works. Pasting has been restored too (which was the original reason I tried to update X11). Phew.

So sorry for this noise and thanks for all the great work on X11.



ps. what'd be great is if X-Windows were separate entries in the taskbar. So gnucash, gimp etc... have their own task bar icons. Like Exceed under Windows.
rodjen had trouble on 15 Aug 2009
I downloaded XQuartz 2.4. I originally put a copy of X11 in my Applications folder in my home folder. I used the previous version for GIMP with no problem. This version keeps crashing and trying to reload.
This is the Apple report: Process: X11.bin [1487]
Path: /Users/jenness47372/Applications/Terminal/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin
Identifier: X11.bin
Version: ??? (???)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: X [1486]

Interval Since Last Report: 55820 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 12
Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 0 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 11

Date/Time: 2009-08-15 11:06:24.035 -0400
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L30)
Report Version: 6
Anonymous UUID: 3E485B87-A5BA-4471-9D15-9D57BA5D6259

Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread: 0

Dyld Error Message:
Library not loaded: /Applications/Utilities/X11.app/Contents/Frameworks/Sparkle.framework/Versions/A/Sparkle
Referenced from: /Users/jenness47372/Applications/Terminal/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin
Reason: image not found
[Version 2.4]

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rspeed replied on 15 Aug 2009
Weird. Sounds like it couldn't load the Sparkle library.
rodjen commented on 16 Aug 2009
I had entered the problem that: xquartz had crashed and launched several times.
I solved the problem by putting X11 in /Applications/Utilities that it would work OK.
Xquartz (developer) replied on 16 Apr 2010
This issue is fixed in 2.5.0 ... you can move X11.app wherever you want, and it'll find Sparkle.

chrischram had trouble on 03 May 2008
WARNING: Be sure to have a good system backup before installing version 2.2.1. YMMV, but it rendered my Early 2006 iMac unbootable. Thank the gods for Time Machine!
[Version 2.2.1]

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Xquartz (developer) replied on 14 May 2008
We've had no reports of this problem from anyone else. Please file a bug report at http://xquartz.macosforge.org and we'll help you, but there's really no way why this should cause your computer to not boot since it doesn't do anything to the boot process.


Josart rated on 04 Apr 2013

[Version 2.7.4]


OSX-FTW! rated on 26 Oct 2012

[Version 2.7.4]


Jamie-Peloquin rated on 02 Jul 2012

[Version 2.7.2]


Godefroyr rated on 02 Jun 2012

[Version 2.7.2]


HackDefendr rated on 03 May 2011

[Version 2.6.2]


Jeremyhu rated on 30 Apr 2011

[Version 2.6.1]


Beige rated on 15 Mar 2011

[Version 2.6.0]

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Date:11 Nov 2013
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