Mac OS X:Build from source

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There are three different ways of installing Gramps on Mac OS X. The two linked pages provide step by step instructions.

Native Mac OS X

You can install it as a native Mac OS X application which means that Gramps windows have the normal appearance of Macintosh Windows. This choice has fewer dependencies on installing other components. However, it has the disadvantage that drag and drop does not work, and there are issues with mouse clicks going missing, which make it much more difficult to enter information like sources which apply to many different people in your family tree. This is also in some ways a less mainstream approach so it may be harder to find help if you get into difficulties.

Mac OS X / X11

The other choice is to install it as a Mac OS X X11 application which means that the Gramps windows have an X11 appearance. You could download and install OpenOffice which is very easy to do and will show you what an X11 application looks like. Installing OpenOffice will not be wasted, because you will need it to be able to open reports from Gramps.

Another option is to download NeoOffice, which is a port of OpenOffice using Java so that it looks like a native Mac OS X application.

Source Install Options

One can always install Gramps from scratch using the source code. This cane be done in one of three ways:

  1. manually
  2. using fink
  3. using macports

Source Code

If you have all of the dependent libraries installed already, this should be straightforward. Just download the .tar.gz file, unpack it, and follow the INSTALL instructions.

If, however, you do not have the dependencies installed, I would recommend installing Gramps through either Fink or Macports.


Installing Gramps as an X11 application is achieved by downloading and installing the packages on which Gramps depends using some software called fink. The process is a bit longwinded, but most of the features of Gramps work, and drag and drop and mouse clicks work very well. If you choose this route, you may be able to get some help both from the Gramps community and the fink community.


One user (tkott) has gone through the process of installing Gramps through MacPorts and will be updating this section with his installation notes soon.