Jun 10

The GUI for MacPorts: PortAuthority

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PortAuthority provides a GUI for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac
OS X. MacPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating
a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac. Its power, though, comes
at the cost of some complexity; in the past the only way to utilize MacPorts
was to type in various commands into the Mac’s Terminal application. PortAuthority aims to bring the power of MacPorts to the traditional
Mac user by providing a user-friendly GUI to MacPorts.

Why PortAuthority?

Easy to use solution for managing MacPorts software packages and the MacPorts infrastructure.

Search and sort MacPorts ports by keyword, category, and more.

Export MacPorts logs to text and printed output.

Growl integration.

Fast: PortAuthority doesn’t bog down system resources.

Thorough user documentation via the "Help" menu.

Dispay detailed information about MacPorts packages.

“I hope you’ll all download the PortAuthority program and give it a try. It’s quite nice…”–Christopher Roach, MacDevCenter

Installing PortAuthority

To install PortAuthority, download the latest version. It can be installed
anywhere on your machine. Earlier installations can be moved to the trash.
The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license to use the program
past the 30-day trial period. Mac OS X 10.7 is the minimum supported platform.
A MacPorts installation is also required; MacPorts can be downloaded from

What’s New in Version 5.0

  • Support for installing port variants.

  • Port dependency command now lists dependencies recursively–not just the direct dependencies of a port, but their dependencies as well–to give a better idea of how large an installation may be.

  • Alerts are now configured in preferences.

  • Expanded AppleScript support.

  • Restored Growl support.

  • More responsive display of data from long-running scan: less prone to lock up program.

  • Fix bug in auto-update.

System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.7 or later
A MacPorts installation is also required; MacPorts can be downloaded from

Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

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