Compiling on macOS using MacPorts
Installing GRASS GIS with MacPorts
MacPorts is a package management system for macOS. It makes it easy to install and update any supported software — dependencies (that can be either executables or libraries) are installed and updated automatically. It is recommended to install the MacPort base software with the package installer available at macports.org where also detailed installation and usage instructions can be found. Note that Xcode is a prerequisite and that MacPorts is controlled through the Terminal with the port command.
Assuming you succeeded with the installation of the MacPorts base, the base software can be updated with:
sudo port selfupdate
Information on software, i.e. ports, that can be installed can be retrieved with the info action, this is an example with the port grass7:
port info grass7 grass7 @7.8.3_1 (gis) Variants: debug, ffmpeg, gui, mysql5, openblas, postgresql10, postgresql11, [+]postgresql12, proj4, [+]proj6, python35, python36, python37, [+]python38, sqlite, universal, zstd Description: GRASS is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis. Homepage: http://grass.osgeo.org/ Build Dependencies: pkgconfig Library Dependencies: bzip2, freetype, fftw-3, gdal, pdal, geos, tiff, libpng, liblas, cairo, readline, python38, py38-Pillow, py38-numpy, py38-six, proj6, postgresql12 Runtime Dependencies: py38-psycopg2 Platforms: darwin License: GPL-2+ Maintainers: none
The variants are options for a port that can be chosen at installation. The variants marked with a +, are included by default.
Installing GRASS with default variants:
sudo port install grass7
will download, compile and install GRASS with dependencies postgresql12, proj6 and python38.
However, a customized installation may look like:
sudo port install grass7 +gui +python37 +zstd +sqlite
which will replace the default python38 with python37 and include also the gui, sqlite and zstd dependencies. The default variants postgresql12 and proj6 will in this case also be included.
To check if any of the installed ports (or dependencies) have been updated:
To update outdated ports:
sudo port upgrade outdated
Using GRASS GIS installed with MacPorts
A standard installation of MacPorts will install ports at:
Installation with the variant +gui will also install an app bundle at:
You can start GRASS GIS from terminal with command: