MacPorts 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Released

Jul 25, 2011 - 9 Comments

MacPorts 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion MacPorts 2.0 has been released, the new version includes full OS X 10.7 compatibility. For those who are unfamiliar, MacPorts is a popular package management utility used to easily install thousands of open-source applications and utilities for the command line, X11, and even some Aqua apps. Because MacPorts handles the retrieval and building of dependencies in addition to the bundle you are looking for, it’s easier than finding and compiling a variety of packages yourself.

To install MacPorts 2, you will also need to have downloaded XCode 4.1, which is now a free download from the Mac App Store for OS X Lion users.

Get MacPorts 2.0

You can read the 2.0 update page or just download the DMG directly. If you already have MacPorts installed you can just run the selfupdate command:
sudo port selfupdate
This will update whatever version you are currently running to 2.0.

Using MacPorts

After MacPorts is installed, you can searching for and start installing a variety of command line software with the port command.

To search for a port use:
port search port_name

To install a port (some apps require sudo):
port install port_name

Enjoy your open source software!


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Posted by: William Pearson in Command Line, Mac OS


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  1. danz says:

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  2. danz says:

    hi there i’m wanna uninstall my macport on lion…i wanna use homebrew.. but it say i must uninstall macport first…can someone help me??

    • Will says:

      You can use this command in MacPorts to uninstall the packages:

      sudo port -fp uninstall –follow-dependents installed

      Other traces are left at:

      /opt/local \
      /Applications/DarwinPorts \
      /Applications/MacPorts \
      /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.macports.* \
      /Library/Receipts/DarwinPorts*.pkg \
      /Library/Receipts/MacPorts*.pkg \
      /Library/StartupItems/DarwinPortsStartup \
      /Library/Tcl/darwinports1.0 \
      /Library/Tcl/macports1.0 \

      You can read more here if you would like to:

  3. […] MacPorts 2.0 – this was recently updated for Lion […]

  4. Mike says:

    It’s worth pointing out that, despite the release, there’s still a number of ports that won’t compile on Lion. The biggest culprit I’ve found is atlas, one of the dependencies for NumPy*.

    *Lion also comes with NumPy, not the latest but the latest as of the first DP release (1.5.1), but like many things MacPorts won’t use the system versions of packages, so getting a non-included package like matplotlib requires it’s own separate install of everything.

  5. Fabio says:

    Aftas using Homebrew I’d never come back to MacPorts.
    Homebrew is way better than MacPorts.

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