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In a previous hint, I suggested to install the development version of the GIMP (which also has the new, well-known single window mode) in an Ubuntu virtual machine: which obviously wasn't an optimal solution.

Now, there is another option: install the GIMP 2.7.3 via MacPorts; here's how to do it.

First of all, if you don't have it yet, you need to install MacPorts, available from here.

It is always a good thing to do a selfupdate; in the Terminal type:

$ sudo port selfupdate

Now, we can install the GIMP's development version (currently available in version 2.7.3):

$ sudo port install gimp2-devel

There are also many, many dependencies, and thus many packages to compile form source, so you must be patient; it can take several hours (for me, on a 2010 Core 2 Duo Mac mini Server with 8 GB of RAM, it took approximately 5 hours).

Once installed (gimp2-devel will be the very last package to be compiled and installed), you can run it, again from the Terminal:

$ gimp

It is an X11 program, so this command will first launch X11 or XQuartz (in your Utilities folder), and then the GIMP.

One problem is that there are only two default themes, so, if you want a better look and feel, just take the additional themes from the current OS X version of GIMP, available from here (the Snow Leopard version works fine in Lion).

To get the additional themes ('Glossy P', 'Leopard', 'ProApp' - rather cool! - and 'Tiger') also in GIMP 2.7.3, just copy them from




Obviously, also this one is not an optimal solution, as it takes several hours to compile everything from source, but it can always be interesting as an experiment.

The best thing would of course be if eventually there were a precompiled version available, from the 'Gimp on OS X' site or elsewhere: so, let's hope that this will be the case, at least for the final GIMP 2.8 release.

[crarko adds: On the off chance that someone reading this doesn't already know, The GIMP is an image manipulation program, along the lines of Photoshop. One of the big winners of open source.

P.S. The site was hit with a ton of spam, and while I'm cleaning that up this will be the only hint published today. Hopefully things will be better tomorrow.]
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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: gurb on Nov 17, '11 10:23:41AM

I'll welcome the GIMP the day I don't have to do "sudo port selfupdate".

My MacPorts days are over.

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 19, '11 03:40:29AM

Well... there are two GUI programs, Pallet (a package manager) and MacPorts Notifier (a menu bar item), which should make things easier (and they both install into /Applications/MacPorts).

Sadly, the Porticus package manager still hasn't been updated to work with MacPorts 2.x and Lion...

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: joostjodel on Nov 19, '11 01:15:08PM
Well, things have improved. Macports silently introduced a precompiled binary repository some months ago ( This includes binaries of gimp2-devel (2.7.3) and the stable gimp2 (2.6.11). While The Gimp still has a lot of dependencies, install time is now vastly reduced.

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 20, '11 03:38:57AM

That's good to know! :-)

And - even better... - I just found out that one can build (meta)packages and disk images directly from MacPorts, as detailed here:

So, I tried a

$ sudo port mdmg gimp2-devel

which, after some time, resulted in a .dmg disk image (364 MB), a metapackage (372.2 MB) and a package (20 MB) available in the work directory, which in this case is


Of course, only the disk image and the metapackage are complete installs of the GIMP, with all the dependencies.

Beware, the metapackage still install into /opt, la MacPorts: it doesn't give a double-clickable (but one can always make an ad hoc AppleScript or Automator launcher) GUI app into /Applications.

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 20, '11 03:41:30AM

Errata corrige: towards the end, it should be *installs* and *in*...

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: postglock on Nov 17, '11 01:30:49PM
I love the concept of the single window for GIMP!

However, I hope this development version fixes some long-standing bugs in the main trunk. GIMP's curves have been broken for 3 months now. Macports is great, but sometimes the development is a little sluggish.

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 18, '11 01:20:02AM

Hmm... sadly, that bug is still present in GIMP 2.7.3 from MacPorts; but the prepackaged "Gimp on OS X" 2.6.11 version works as expected, without crashing X11.

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: dersh on Nov 17, '11 05:31:04PM
Gimp is a great program! But, everyone should be aware that 2.6 is the current release while according to the gimp web site:
Please note that the whole 2.7.x series of versions is considered unstable and is not recommended for use in production even though it might just work for you. Our intention is to make development versions available for passionate users who can provide useful feedback to help us fix bugs and streamline implementation of some of the new features. The upcoming v2.8 also introduces a huge amount of API deprecations and additions that have the potential to break existing 3rd party scripts and plug-ins. Please file bugs for all plug-ins and scripts that do work in v2.6, but don't work in 2.7.3. A migration guide for developers will be provided when v2.8 is out.
So, be careful with the development version. That said, development needs use and testing...

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Try the GIMP version 2.7.3 in OS X
Authored by: Sven G on May 10, '12 01:21:58AM

The new GIMP 2.8 release is now available, also for OS X (Snow Leopard and Lion); get it from here:

(the GIMP on OS X project).

Very good, indeed! :-)

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