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

2017-10-07: fink-0.42.0 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.42.0 to provide High Sierra (10.13) support. This release officially supports 10.9.0-10.13.0. It also adds support for Oracle's Java 9. In addition, it incorporates other bug fixes and enhancements. The best update sequence from going to 10.9 or 10.10 to 10.12 is as follows:

0) Start on 10.9-10.12. Don't update your OS yet.

1) In a terminal window, run fink selfupdate and install fink-0.42.0

2) Update to High Sierra.

3) In a terminal window, run fink reinstall fink.

If you happen to have updated your OS X before updating fink, follow the instructions below, and then run "fink selfupdate" again.

2017-10-03: Fixing updates when you have installed High Sierra before updating fink-

If you have updated to High Sierra before updating fink, your fink command won't be able to function any more. Fortunately, a workaround is now available.

1) Download an updated fink.

2) In a terminal window, run sudo dpkg -i fink_0.41.999.git-20171001.2306_darwin-x86_64.deb from the directory where you downloaded the file.

2017-09-28: Fink for High Sierra (10.13)-

Because of a recent Sourceforge outage, we haven't been able to do a proper fink release that supports High Sierra. However, since the fink source on Github isn't affected by this, it is possible to get a pre-release version out of our git repository and install that.

The following sequence of steps should allow you to update your Fink installation on 10.9 (Mavericks) or later for High Sierra. 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or earlier have no supported upgrade path.

0) Don't update your OS yet!

1) Download a copy of the repository archive and uncompress it if your browser doesn't do that automatically.

2) Open a Terminal window and change to the resulting fink-master directory e.g. cd ~/Downloads/fink-master .

3) Run the command sudo ./inject.pl to update fink.

4) Update your OS to High Sierra.

5) Open a Terminal window and run fink reinstall fink to reset your distribution.

For new installs on High Sierra:

1) Install the Xcode 9 command-line tools by running sudo xcode-select --install in a Terminal window.

2) Install the latest JDK from Oracle, e.g. by running javac in a Terminal window.

3) Follow steps 1-2) from the upgrade instructions above.

4) Run sudo ./bootstrap

5) The default bootstrap operation will error out at the end for the time being, until an official High Sierra binary distribution has been uploaded. Go ahead and run /sw/bin/pathsetup.sh as usual, however.

   

 Recent Package Updates

2017-11-21: libgda-3.1.5-11 (Uniform access to various data sources)
2017-11-21: pidgin-2.10.11-2 (Multi-protocol instant messenger client)
2017-11-21: linuxdcpp-1.1.0-6 (Direct Connect protocol GTK client)
2017-11-21: ffmpeg2theora-0.30-1 (Simple converter to create Ogg Theora files)
2017-11-21: kotlin-1.1.60-1 (Statically typed programming language for JVM)
2017-11-20: htmldoc-nox-1.8.30-1 (Converts HTML files to PDF or PostScript)
2017-11-19: finance-quote-pm5162-1.47-1 (Perl module to get stock quotes)
2017-11-19: finance-quote-pm5182-1.47-1 (Perl module to get stock quotes)
2017-11-19: debconf-1.5.59-204 (Package configuration management system)
2017-11-19: tnftp-20151004-1 (Browser program using ftp protocol)
2017-11-18: libtool2-2.4.6-3 (Shared library build helper, v2.x)
2017-11-18: vim-8.0.1308-1 (Improved version of the editor "vi")
2017-11-18: vim-nox-8.0.1308-1 (Improved version of the editor "vi")
2017-11-17: libnetsnmp30-shlibs-5.7.3-1 (SNMP tools and libraries)
2017-11-17: bowtie2-2.3.3.1-1 (Ultrafast memory-efficient short read aligner)
2017-11-17: postgresql95-9.5.10-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2017-11-17: postgresql94-9.4.15-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
2017-11-17: postgresql96-9.6.6-1 (PostgreSQL open-source database)
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Status

Fink currently supports 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.

10.12 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 provides 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: