Installing from SVN on Mac OS X
This document outlines the build process for Scribus 1.4.x.svn/1.5.x.svn from SVN. This is the currently supported build preference on OS X and is also subject to a different licence to the rest of the wiki. This does not currently outline the processs for packaging and bundling Scribus . OS X Tiger is not supported via Macports. Please see Installing Scribus on Mac OS X via Fink if you need to install on Tiger.
What we use
- MacPorts or use Homebrew (formula has been tested and works as of Kunda (talk) 01:56, 13 June 2014 (CEST))
- XCode from Apple
- Scribus SVN
Install development packages
Steps to build and install Scribus 1.4.x/1.5.x on OSX (Intel only)
- Install XCode (available on the Apple developer site)
- Install MacPorts (downloadable from www.macports.org)
- Install Qt4 for Scribus 1.4.x, or Qt5 for Scribus 1.5.x, downloaded from []. You can also install it via macports if desired.
Building and Installing other required libraries with MacPorts
- Install a few ports from MacPorts (any dependencies not already installed will be installed automatically)
- Install CMake (sudo port install cmake)
- Install freetype2 (sudo port install freetype).
- Install lcms2 (sudo port install lcms2). This will also install jpeg, zlib, tiff
- Install cairo (sudo port install cairo). This will install fontconfig too.
- Install libxml2 (sudo port install libxml2).
- Install subversion (sudo port install subversion), OR optionally install subversion from another source.
- Install ghostscript (sudo port install ghostscript)
- Install podofo
- If you didn't install Qt from the download page and want to install from macports, run sudo port install qt4-mac/qt5-mac
You can of course do this all in one line (sudo port install cmake lcms cairo libxml2 ghostscript freetype podofo)
Building and Installing Scribus
- Make a directory where you want to download to (eg, in Terminal, mkdir -p ~/scribus/150)
- Change to this directory (cd ~/scribus/150)
- Check out Scribus from SVN
- Make a build directory (mkdir builddir)
- Change to the build directory (cd builddir)
- Run the cmake command, with the installation path set as you desire. Two common locations would be under /Applications or /Users/<your username>/Applications. As I like to keep compiled software separate to system installed applications, I use the second, but this is a personal preference:
cmake -DQT_PREFIX="/Users/<your username>/Qt/5.3/clang_64" -DBUILD_OSX_BUNDLE=1 -DWANT_UNIVERSAL_BUNDLE=0 -DWANT_HUNSPELL=1 -DWANT_GRAPHICSMAGICK=1 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/Users/<your username>/Applications/ScribusTrunk.app/Contents/ ../trunk/Scribus/
cmake -DQT_PREFIX="/Users/<your username>/Qt/4.8.6/clang_64" -DBUILD_OSX_BUNDLE=1 -DWANT_UNIVERSAL_BUNDLE=0 -DWANT_HUNSPELL=1 -DWANT_GRAPHICSMAGICK=1 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/Users/<your username>/Applications/Scribus14x.app/Contents/ ../Version14x/Scribus/
- make install
Now you can run Scribus from OSX if all has gone well.