Installing Xfig on Mac OS X

Revision as of 16:41, 10 January 2011 by Petar Mitrevski (talk | contribs)

Note: You need X11 which is standard on our Leopard image, but it's also on your Mac OS X install DVD.

  1. Install the XCode tools from Apple.
  2. Install Fink from http://www.finkproject.org/
    10.5 and earlier: an installer package is available in the Download section - run the package and follow the onscreen instructions
    10.6 users need to follow the instructions here: http://www.finkproject.org/download/index.php?phpLang=en
  3. 10.6 Open terminal and type sudo /sw/bin/fink install xfig
    Follow the on-screen instructions.
    10.5 and ealier:
    Install FinkCommander from http://finkcommander.sourceforge.net/ (a disk image is available in the Download section - open the disk image and drag and drop the FinkCommander.app in the Applications folder)
    Open FinkCommander (don't run it from the disk image, run it from the Applications folder, where you copied it)
    If you just got FinkCommander from the website and it already wants to update, you can ignore it.
    In FinkCommander in the search box type xfig and hit enter. Highlight the highest version and on the "Source" menu click "Install" and follow the prompts on the screen. When that finishes, you should be all set.
  4. To test this, open X11 (Applications => Utilities => X11) and type xfig (if that fails type /sw/bin/xfig ) and you should see the Xfig window. If you don't want to type the full /sw/bin/xfig, you have two options:
    1. In X11, click on the Applications menu and click Customize, then add xfig (Name: Xfig Command: /sw/bin/xfig )
    2. Open your terminal and type
      ln -s .profile .bashrc

If you run unto any issues, see:

Note that fink depends on my other sites, so if one of them is down, you may be unable to install xfig. Try later...