FinkCommander – Easily Install Unix Software from a GUI

Feb 19, 2007 - 3 Comments

Mac Finder

In our “Ten OS X Command Line utilities you might not know about” article, we briefly mentioned FinkCommander, a GUI frontend to the ‘fink’ command line utility. It is the easiest way we know of to explore the wonderful world of free Unix software on the Mac. We think it is such a useful app that we decided to pay some special attention to it.

FinkCommander is a great way to quickly and painlessly search for and install Unix software without messing around in the terminal.

Simply type in the name of what you are looking for and click install – it is that easy, whether you’re installing Gimp (Gimp is an open source image editing program, like Photoshop) or Irssi (Irssi is a clean and powerful command line IRC client).

Useful for command line newbies and experts alike!

BTW, for FinkCommander to function properly, ‘fink’ needs to be installed, available for download here, and you’ll need command line tools as well.

Developer Home: FinkCommander

Whether or not you want to use fink and finkcommander, or another option is up to you. Of course there are other choices out there too for open source package management on the Mac. MacPorts and Homebrew are the two most notable examples.

Or you can just compile your own software from scratch by using source, that’s your call, all easily possible on the Mac thanks to the powerful unix underpinnings of the wonderful Mac OS X operating system.

Got any tips for Fink or other package managers? Share in the comments!


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Posted by: OSXDaily in Command Line, Mac Apps, Mac OS


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  1. milo says:

    i test FinkCommander – good file browser

  2. […] MacPorts, formerly DarwinPorts, is a free opensource app that allows Mac users to easily install command line software in Mac OS X. If this sounds to you like Fink, well, you’d be right because it’s pretty close. Functionality is much the same, but some people swear that MacPorts (or Fink) is better than the other. MacPorts is probably best for more advanced Mac users who have some experience with the command line, because MacPorts itself is also a command line tool. […]

  3. Moo says:

    MacPorts is better. Though Fink has a GUI, it is overly complex and the ports are not very up-to-date.

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