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

2019-10-02: 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.
2019-06-02: Fink mirrors are back-

Thanks to the work of Fink members Chris Z and Justin H, the finkmirrors.net domain is operational once again.

We are looking for new mirror owners to extend our mirroring service. If you can host a Fink mirror, see the main Fink Mirrors site for instructions and requirements.

Thank you for your patience.

   

 Recent Package Updates

2019-10-13: raster3d-3.0-4-1 (Tools for generating images of molecules)
2019-10-13: tcoffee-12.00.7fb08c2-102 (T-Coffee Multiple Sequence Alignment Program)
2019-10-13: xfoil-699-3 (Design and analyze subsonic isolated airfoils)
2019-10-12: gd3-2.2.5-3 (Graphics generation library)
2019-10-12: gcc9-9.2.0-1 (GNU Compiler Collection Version 9)
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Status

Fink currently supports 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.

10.13 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: