macOS 11 Big Sur and MacPorts

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Thu Nov 12 18:24:00 UTC 2020

On Nov 11, 2020, at 22:27, Dave Horsfall wrote:

> On Wed, 11 Nov 2020, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Apple has announced that macOS 11 Big Sur will be released tomorrow, November 12, 2020. In the coming days we will either release an installer for MacPorts 2.6.3 for macOS 11 or will release a new version of MacPorts with installers for all OS versions including macOS 11.
> Thanks for the heads-up; I think my MacBook Pro will be stuck forever on Sierra 10.12.6 (although admittedly I haven't tried High Sierra on this one) and MacPorts 2.6.3 is likely as far as it will go.

Future versions of MacPorts base will be compatible with macOS 10.12 for a long time; we're still compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 even and try not to break compatibility with old OS versions if we can avoid it.

You should always run the latest version of MacPorts base. A few weeks after a new version of MacPorts is released, we might start updating ports to take advantage of new features introduced in that version, so if you update your ports collection but don't update MacPorts base, some ports might not work. This is why MacPorts reminds you every few weeks to selfupdate since that will update both ports and base.

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