Compiling on macOS using Homebrew
What is homebrew and why use it
To quote from their website:
- easy to install
- does not need administrator privileges
- installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into /usr/local
The formulas to install programs are called recipes and they make it possible to install several version of the same program (as well as HEAD of different Version Control Systems) at the same time which can then be symlinked. This makes it perfect for the purpose of installing the master branch of GRASS GIS for testing purposes.
GRASS GIS 7.8 and later
To later get the GUI working, run
pip3 install wxpython
brew tap osgeo/osgeo4mac
brew install osgeo-grass
Easy, isn't it?
You can also install via URL:
- by running (change '7x' to the current version, e.g. 78)
brew test -v grass-78
you can run GRASS GIS tests but they are not implemented as they should be - work in progress.
GRASS GIS 7.2 LTS
OSGEO4mac has also a formalar to install the GRASS GIS 7 LTS.
Follow the procedure as described in section GRASS GIS 7.6+ but use
brew install grass7-lts
GRASS GIS 7.0.x for El Capitan without disabling SIP
The new homebrew recipe for GRASS 7.0 does install on El Capitan with SIP enabled! This is thanks to Larry Shaffer. See https://github.com/OSGeo/homebrew-osgeo4mac/issues/118#issuecomment-200278686
The recipe is part of the Homebrew-osgeo4mac tap, see
for info on how to use them.