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...


2014-06-04: fink-0.36.5 and fink-0.37.0 released. End of official support for 10.6.-

fink-0.37.0 and fink-0.37.0 were released on 4 June, 2014. These fink releases contain fixes for Java detection on 10.6 if older versions of Apple's Java SDK are installed. fink-0.37.0 officially recognizes OS 10.9.3. In addition, Fink's compiler wrappers are now installed directly by the fink package to make for easier modifications.

fink-0.36.5 marks the end of 10.6 support by the Fink Project. Users who want package updates should contact the maintainers of the respective packages. Unmaintained packages can be updated by request as well.

2014-04-06: fink-0.36.4 released-

fink-0.36.4 was released on 6 April, 2014. This fink release restores the use of an official binary distribution by default on 10.8 and 10.9 (if distributions are created for 10.6 and 10.7 those will be supported, too). In addition, it works around the multiple build failures introduced by Xcode 5.1 on 10.8 and 10.9. This release also includes official support for OS X 10.9.2, fixes the bootstrap operation when isn't present, and makes x86_64 the default architecture for 10.6 bootstraps.

Users are encouraged to run fink selfupdate to install this version of fink, particularly in view of the Xcode 5.1 build issues.

2014-04-06: rsync issue-

We've been having issues with the master rsync server, which haven't been resolved as of yet. Unfortunately, this affects all but two of the other servers. To work around this problem, edit /sw/etc/fink.conf as an administrator and change your Mirror-rsync setting to one of


or use fink selfupdate-cvs to switch your update method.


 Recent Package Updates

2014-08-27: sundials-2.5.0-2 (Suite of equation solvers)
2014-08-27: vim-7.4.417-1 (Improved version of the editor "vi")
2014-08-27: vim-nox-7.4.417-1 (Improved version of the editor "vi")
2014-08-26: gcc48-4.8.3-1001 (GNU Compiler Collection Version 4.8)
2014-08-25: rust-0.11.0-1 (Safe Fast System Programming Language)
2014-08-25: apache2-2.2.22-13.2 (Apache HTTP Server metapackage)
2014-08-25: pandoc- (Conversion between markup formats)
2014-08-25: libnewt0-shlibs-0.52.15-3.2 (Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit)
2014-08-24: isync-1.1.0-3 (Synchronize maildir with IMAP4)
2014-08-24: haskell-platform-2014.2.0.0-2 (Haskell, batteries included)
2014-08-24: ghc-highlighting-kate- (Syntax highlighting)
2014-08-24: clustalo-1.2.1-3 (Protein Multiple Sequence Alignment Program)
2014-08-24: ideviceinstaller-1.0.1-4 (Manage applications of an iDevice)
2014-08-24: lazarus-aqua-1.2.4-1 (Free Pascal IDE)
2014-08-24: lazarus-gtk2-1.2.4-1 (Free Pascal IDE)
2014-08-24: ghc-yaml- (Scripting.Lua module)
2014-08-24: ghc-hexpat-0.20.6-2 (XML parser/formatter based on expat)
2014-08-24: ghc-mtl- (Monad classes, using functional dependencies)
2014-08-24: ghc-list-0.5.1-2 (List monad transformer and class)
2014-08-24: ghc-transformers-base-0.4.3-1 (Port of MonadLib.BaseM to transformers)
2014-08-24: ghc-monad-control- (The type class MonadBaseControl)


Fink currently supports OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion), and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 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.

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

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

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.



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 provides 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: