PortAuthority 2.5

Tame your terminal

PortAuthority is a great, free (gpl) Mac software, that is part of the category Utilities. View full description

PortAuthority is a great, free (gpl) Mac software, that is part of the category Utilities.

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Since we added this program to our catalog in 2005, it has managed to achieve 439 downloads, and last week it had 0 downloads.

About the download, PortAuthority is a light software that needs less storage than the average program in the category Utilities.

PortAuthority is available for users with the operating system Mac OS X and prior versions, and it is available in English. The current version of the program is 2.5 and was updated on 1/25/2008.


  • Numerous improvements and bug fixes for compatability with Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5)
  • Visual integration: New large icons
  • Stability: No longer crashes when saving file or accessing help menu
  • Additional UI enhancements: Native notebook tabs; toolbar now toggles visibility via window toolbutton
  • Dock icon now bounces when long-running tasks completed
  • Updated to most recent Tcl/Tk libraries (8.5)

Port Authority is a no-cost, open-source application that provides a graphical user interface for the DarwinPorts package management system for Mac OS X. DarwinPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac.

Its power, though, comes at the cost of some complexity; in the past the only way to utilize DarwinPorts was to type in various commands into the Mac's Terminal application, which can be intimidating for those users without a Unix background.

Port Authority aims to bring the power of DarwinPorts to the traditional Mac user by providing an Aqua-native, user-friendly graphical interface to DarwinPorts. Using a familiar combination of windows, icons, and menus, Port Authority users can search, install, update, and remove DarwinPorts programs and the DarwinPorts infrastructure itself.

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PortAuthority 2.5