Manual Installation on Mac OS X

Running on MacOS
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  • Install X11 (Tiger and Leopard users can use Mac OS X CD to install, Panther users download it from the Apple website)
  • Open a Terminal (Finder->Applications->Utilities)
  • Install all dependencies required by PyGTK2 (This will take a very long time... yeah really long)
    sudo /opt/local/bin/port install py-gtk2

You have now two options: Download and extract a release tarball, or checkout the latest development code from the Subversion repository. I recommend using the SVN version.


  • First, install subversion with MacPorts
    sudo /opt/local/bin/port install subversion

Then, download the latest source code from the repository.

svn checkout nicotine+
cd nicotine+/

With the last command, Nicotine+ should start up

Release Tarball

First download a nicotine+-X.X.X.tar.bz2 (or .gz) file to your Home directory (or any specific directory you know the path to). For example, if you copied the Bzip (.bz2) archive to your home directory (~/), in a terminal:

cd ~/
tar jxvf nicotine+-X.X.X.tar.bz2
cd nicotine+-X.X.X/

For the Gzip (.gz), do:

tar zxvf nicotine+-X.X.X.tar.gz

Improve Looks

sudo /opt/local/bin/port install gtk-theme-switch
sudo /opt/local/bin/port install gnome-themes

Switch2 will let you choose a theme you like. The fonts are a bit small but you can follow this easy guide to fix that too:

Using Gentoo Prefix

This process is a lot slower than the other systems, but it requires almost no time from you. Knowledge of Linux/Gentoo? is useful but not crucial. Installing Gentoo Prefix takes 10 hours of compiling on a 1.8 GHz PPC iMac

  • Install Gentoo Prefix : Bootstrap process for Mac OSX
  • ecopy nicotine. The current ecopy fails to process nicotine+ properly, but the old nicotine works
  • emerge nicotine. We do this to resolve all dependencies, we're not actually interested in using the old version
  • Fix two symlinks with GTK:
    ln -s $EPREFIX/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gio/ $EPREFIX/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gio/_gio.bundle
    ln -s $EPREFIX/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk-2.0/glib/ $EPREFIX/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk-2.0/glib/_glib.bundle
  • Now do an SVN checkout on the nicotine+ repository and you should be able to run nicotine+
Last modified 6 years ago Last modified on 10/09/2010 07:38:11