Fink

The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. We modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X ("port" it) and make it available for download as a coherent distribution. Fink uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful binary package management. You can choose whether you want to download precompiled binary packages or build everything from source. Read more...

 News

2019-10-27: Further 10.15 (Catalina) and Xcode11 upgrade details-

If upgrading to macOS 10.15 (Catalina) from an earlier macOS release, your existing Fink install will cease to work if installed outside /opt (such as to the previous default /sw) and must be reinstalled from scratch using Fink release 0.45.0 or later.

The old Fink install is archived into /Users/Shared/Relocated Items. It's possible to manually recover downloaded source archives and configuration files from there to use in a new Fink install. However, it's not possible to reuse built .deb packages because they hardcode the original path that contained Fink.

Upgrade and installation hints if existing Fink install is outside /opt:

  • If doing a fresh Fink install on any macOS version, install Fink into /opt/sw.
  • If you haven't yet updated to macOS 10.15, run this command to capture the list of your currently installed packages: for i in `/bin/ls -1 /sw/var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list`; do basename -s .list $i >> ~/my_fink_packages.txt; done.
  • If you have already updated to macOS 10.15 but had Fink installed somewhere outside /opt before your system upgrade, use the above command (with modified path to the "Relocated Items" location as necessary) to capture the packages you previously had installed on your older macOS release. For example: for i in `/bin/ls -1 "/Users/Shared/Relocated Items/sw/var/lib/dpkg/info/"*.list`; do basename -s .list $i >> ~/my_fink_packages.txt; done
  • Once you have captured your list of previous packages, upgraded to macOS 10.15, and installed Fink into /opt, run the following command to batch build and reinstall your previous Fink packages: cat ~/my_fink_packages.txt | xargs fink reinstall. Note that some packages do not exist on macOS 10.15, so you might need to hand edit the file my_fink_packages.txt to remove the missing packages before trying to reinstall.
2019-10-02: 10.15 (Catalina) and Xcode11 information-

Fink 0.45.0 and up support the upcoming 10.15 release, but there are some important things to note:

  • Apple locked down the / (root) directory where Fink normally installs (in /sw by default), so existing Fink installs may become read-only upon updating to 10.15.
  • Xcode11 introduces some known breakages (with no known fixes at this time) to important packages like gcc, so not everything will build yet.

Once macOS 10.15 is officially released, we suggest waiting to upgrade until we know how the system will treat existing installs and we can determine the best upgrade path.

For anyone installing Fink for the first time (on 10.15beta or an earlier macOS version), we now recommend using /opt/sw as the install location, since that's known to work. The next Fink release after macOS 10.15 is out will use /opt/sw as the default install location.

Xcode11 is known to currently break building the gccX and several other important packages. If possible (especially 10.14 users), hold off on upgrading to Xcode11 unless you need something specific from it. If you do upgrade to Xcode11, make sure that the Command Line Tools are also upgraded to version 11 for your macOS release.

2019-08-05: fink-0.45.0 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.45.0. This release provides support for macOS 10.14.5 and up, including preliminary support for macOS 10.15beta. This release also provides full support for .app bundles in APFS volumes.

If your system is still on macOS 10.14.4 or earlier:

  1. In a terminal window, run fink selfupdate and install fink-0.45.0.
  2. Update to the latest version of Mojave.
  3. In a terminal window, run fink reinstall fink.

If you have already updated to macOS 10.14.5:

  1. In a terminal window, run fink selfupdate and install fink-0.45.0.
   

 Recent Package Updates

2019-11-21: telnet-60-1 (Port of NetBSD remote client)
2019-11-20: libavcodec56-2.4-shlibs-2.8.15-2 (Audio/video encoders and decoders libraries)
2019-11-20: libavcodec57-3.0-shlibs-3.4.6-2 (Audio/video encoders and decoders libraries)
2019-11-20: gmic-1.6.0.4-3 (GREYC's Magic Image Converter)
2019-11-20: libavcodec58-4.0-shlibs-4.2.1-2 (Audio/video encoders and decoders libraries)
2019-11-19: adonthell-0.3.5-2 (Open Source RPG Engine)
2019-11-19: wastesedge-0.3.5-2 (Open Source RPG)
2019-11-18: netcdf-c15-4.7.2-1 (Array-based data access, C headers and docs)
2019-11-18: netcdf-fortran7-4.4.5-3 (Array-based data access, Fortran headers/doc)
2019-11-18: lapack371-shlibs-3.7.1-3 (Reference L_APACK and BLAS libraries)
2019-11-18: lapack350-shlibs-3.5.0-9 (Reference L_APACK and BLAS libraries)
2019-11-18: qt5-mac-qtwebengine-5.7.1-6 (Cross-Platform framework (mac))
2019-11-18: lapack361-shlibs-3.6.1-4 (Reference L_APACK and BLAS libraries)
2019-11-18: lapack380-shlibs-3.8.0-2 (Reference L_APACK and BLAS libraries)
2019-11-18: lapack360-shlibs-3.6.0-5 (Reference L_APACK and BLAS libraries)
2019-11-18: postgresql95-9.5.20-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2019-11-18: postgresql94-9.4.25-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2019-11-18: postgresql10-10.11-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2019-11-18: postgresql11-11.6-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2019-11-18: postgresql96-9.6.16-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2019-11-16: netcdf-fortran8-4.5.2-1 (Array-based data access, Fortran headers/doc)
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Status

Fink currently supports macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.12 (Sierra), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), and continues to run on older versions of OS X, although official updates are no longer available for the older versions. Installation instructions can be found on our source release page.

Xcode must be installed before Fink.

10.15 Support: 10.15 users must install Xcode version 10.3 or later (via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 10.3 (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.11 or later from Xquartz.org.

10.13 and 10.14 Support: 10.13 and 10.14 users must install Xcode version 10.1 or later (via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 10.1 (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.11 or later from Xquartz.org.

10.12 Support: 10.12 users must install Xcode version 8.0 or later (via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 6.0 for Sierra (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.7 or later from macosforge.org.

10.11 Support: 10.11 users must install Xcode version 7.0 or later (via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 7.0 for El Capitan (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.7 or later from macosforge.org.

10.10 Support: 10.10 users must install Xcode version 6.0 or later (via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 6.0 for Yosemite (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.7 or later from macosforge.org.

10.9 Support: 10.9 users must install Xcode version 5.0.1 or later (via a free download from the AppStore; version 5.0.2 is recommended), or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 5.0 for Mavericks (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.4 or later from macosforge.org.

10.8 Support: 10.8 users must install Xcode version 4.4 or later (via a free download from the AppStore; version 5.0.2 is recommended), or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 4.4 for Mountain Lion (downloadable from Apple or installable via the Xcode Preferences). Note that if you had an earlier version of Xcode than 4.3 installed prior to updating from 10.7, you need to uninstall the old version first by running /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools. You can determine your current version of Xcode by running xcodebuild -version .

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.7.2 or later from macosforge.org.

10.7 Support: 10.7 users must install or update Xcode to version 4.1 or later (via a free download from the AppStore), (version 4.6.3 is recommended) or must at least install the Command Line Tools for Xcode 4.3 or later (downloadable from Apple or installable via the Xcode Preferences (4.3 or later). Follow the instructions in the 10.8 section above regarding how to check your version and uninstall an outdated one, if needed.

We don't support Xquartz on 10.7, so don't remove Apple's official X11.

10.6 Support: For best results, 10.6 users are encouraged to upgrade Xcode to version 3.2.6, or to version 4.2.1 if you paid for a 4.x Developer preview. Version 4.0.2 is known to have some bugs in its linker that prevent certain packages from building. Follow the instructions in the 10.8 section above regarding how to check your version and uninstall it, if needed.

We don't support Xquartz on 10.6, so don't remove Apple's official X11.

   

Resources

If you're looking for support, check out the help page. That page also lists various options to help the project and submit feedback.

If you are looking for the source files which correspond to binaries distributed by the Fink project, please consult this page for instructions.

The Fink project is hosted by SourceForge. In addition to hosting this site and the downloads, SourceForge and GitHub provide the following resources for the project:

Please note that to use some of these resources (ie, to report a bug or request a new Fink package), you will need to be logged in to your SourceForge account. If you do not have one, you can sign up for one for free on the SourceForge web site.

Additional resources hosted outside SourceForge include: