Installer packages are now available. Quickest and easiest method to run Freeciv on your Mac.

Using package managers like Homebrew, Fink, MacPorts, described below, is not obsolete. Those sections describe how to get Freeciv running on Mac OS X using pre-built methods. For building from source, see Build-MacOSX.

Install From Installer packageEdit

Installer packages are available on Dropbox here [1]

Download the version you want, un-zip it, and double click the "xxx.pkg" file to start the install.

Please share your experiences with the installer on the Freeciv forum [2]

Does not work on Mac OS 10.11 or earlier. Do not yet know about 10.13.

Install from Homebrew Edit

Note: The commands below need to be copied and pasted into a terminal!

Head here to install Homebrew:

This is the current command to install Homebrew (check the site to make sure it hasn't changed):

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

The Homebrew base repository hosts a variety of games, too, like Freeciv. To install it, run:

brew install freeciv

Note that this downloads quite a few software development packages and command line utilities as prerequisites to the game. It can take a bit under 5 minutes to complete the overall process and uses your full CPU, so it makes sense to brew a cup of coffee in the meantime.

On Yosemite if you get error "dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/liblzma.5.dylib" then install xz library

brew install xz



Install from Fink Edit

You'll need to have X11 installed.  For OSX 10.8 and above, it is obtained from XQuartz. Now install fink. When that is done:

$fink install freeciv

This will take quite a while the first time you do it. When it's done, start a game with:


Install from MacPortsEdit

Prepare Mac OS XEdit

  • Install X11 and X11 SDK components. Both are available on your Mac OS X CD. However, X11 itself is also available as a download (Panther compatable download here) from Apple. (For 10.8, Mountain Lion, you will need to obtain XQuartz, see
  • Install Xcode 1.2, 1.5 (For Panther), 2.0 (For Tiger) or 3.0 (For Leopard)

Install MacPortsEdit

Mac Ports can be downloaded from . Here you'll find the versions for the different MAC OS X. 

Having installed MacPorts, you'll be able to execute the 'port' command in Terminal. This will the download the different packages and install FeeCiv on your HD.

% sudo port install freeciv-x11

Or try:

% sudo port install freeciv

Install from SourceEdit

This subject is complex enough that it has moved to its own page Build-MacOSX.