Artem Loenko artyom.loenko at
Fri Nov 27 16:01:02 UTC 2020


I am in the same boat (and have switched from HomeBrew to MacPorts a few weeks ago, so, maybe I am wrong). 

MacPorts as a tool works just fine on Macs with Apple Silicon, but many ports are “broken” and have to be fixed. Most of them just do not compile for `arm64`, and it is not MacPorts fault, some - do not compile due to MacPorts configuration (rare cases). So far, as far as I understand, the best course of action is to report all broken ports to the MacPorts tracker and to developers of the tool that does not compile for `arm64` arch. For example, this is a ticket about broken Neovim ( <>), but it does not compile due to issues on the NeoVim side (that’s why I started a discussion with them ( <>).

I use the following `make` target to install MacPorts on Apple Silicon or you can just download the package from the site ( <>):

macports: ## Install/Upgrade MacPorts
ifeq (, $(shell which port))
	$(eval TEMP_PKG := $(shell mktemp -t macports).pkg)
	curl --silent --output $(TEMP_PKG) --remote-name 
	sudo installer -pkg $(TEMP_PKG) -target /
	rm -Rf $(TEMP_PKG)
	sudo port selfupdate

Most of the tools I use just work:

The following ports are currently installed:
  autoconf @2.69_5 (active)
  automake @1.16.3_0 (active)
  carthage @0.35.0_0 (active)
  fish @3.1.2_0 (active)
  fzf @0.24.3_0 (active)
  gettext @ (active)
  icu @67.1_2 (active)
  ninja @1.10.1_0 (active)
  tig @2.5.1_0+doc (active)
  tmux @3.1c_0 (active)


> On 27 Nov 2020, at 15:37, Jeffrey Walton <noloader at> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 10:27 AM Giovanni Cantele
> <giovanni.cantele at> wrote:
>> Dear All,.
>> I’m searching the web but I cannot find any response to the following question:
>> is there any ongoing project for porting the whole macports staff on the new Apple silicon architecture?
>> What happens to those who extensively make use of macports and have bought the recent released MacBook Pro running on the new processors?
> There are several recent threads about support of the latest hardware
> and software at:
>  *
> I understand Macports is working through the issues as they encounter
> them during testing before a release.
> I'm guessing it is a bigger task than just supporting a new OS release.
> Jeff

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