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

2023-09-23: Support for macOS 11 through macOS 13-

The main source branch for Fink development supports macOS 11 through macOS 13, under both intel (x86_64) and Apple's M1 and M2 (arm64) CPUs.

Final work on a full release is ongoing. As there isn't a full release tarball yet, you need to download and install the code from git with these commands in Terminal.app:

  mkdir -p ~/src
  cd src
  git clone https://github.com/fink/fink fink-upstream
  cd fink-upstream
  

If updating an existing Fink install, run ./inject.pl from the Terminal prompt. If doing a fresh install, run ./bootstrap.

2022-02-19: fink-0.45.6 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.45.6. This is a quick release to fix a bug introduced in fink-0.45.5 (issue #240).

This release does not yet support macOS 11 (Big Sur) or macOS 12 (Monterey). Support for those two releases is coming soon.

2021-11-03: fink-0.45.4 released-

The Fink Project has released fink-0.45.4. This is a minor upgrade to support XQuartz 2.8.

This release does not yet support macOS 11 (Big Sur) or macOS 12 (Monterey). Support for those two releases is coming soon.

   

 Recent Package Updates

2024-03-02: expat1-2.6.1-1 (C library for parsing XML)
2024-02-29: libpsl5-shlibs-0.21.5-1 (Public Suffix List (TLD suffix collection))
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Status

Fink currently fully 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.

macOS 11 through macOS 13 Support: Work in progress support is available for macOS 11 through macOS 13. Users must first install the following version of Xcode for their system version (newest available is generally preferred):

  • macOS 11: Xcode 13 - Xcode 13.2.1
  • macOS 12: Xcode 13.3 - Xcode Xcode 14.2
  • macOS 13: Xcode 14.3 - Xcode 15.0

Xcode is available via a free download from the AppStore, or must at least install the Command Line Tools (installable via xcode-select --install, or downloadable from Apple).

If you need X11 you should install Xquartz-2.8.5 or later from Xquartz.org.

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-2.8.5 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: