Installing Lazarus on MacOS X
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- 1 Installation
- 1.1 Prerequisites: Apple Developer Tools
- 1.2 Install Packages / Released version
- 1.3 Install from Source / Development version
- 2 Uninstalling Lazarus and Free Pascal
- 3 Known issues
- 4 First Steps
- 5 See Also
This document describes FPC+Lazarus installation on desktops, laptops and servers with Apple macOS (Mac OS X).
For authorative/more detailed instructions for FPC, please go to 
Prerequisites: Apple Developer Tools
You need the Apple Developer tools, which are a part of the XCode development environment. They can be installed from the original Mac OS X installation disks or downloaded from the Apple Developer Connection (ADC), which requires free registration: http://developer.apple.com/.
Compatibility with Xcode 5.0 and newer versions (Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11)
Like Xcode 4.3+, Xcode 5 and subsequent versions no longer install the command line tools by default. These are required by FPC/Lazarus, however. Unlike in Xcode 4 the installation option is no longer accessible in Xcode 5 via the Downloads tab. Additionally, the "Locations" tab of the preferences dialog may be confusing, as it mentions that the command line tools are installed:
The first dialog box shows that by default the command line tools are only installed inside the Xcode.app bundle itself. To install them globally, as required by FPC/Lazarus, execute the following terminal command:
Depending from your Xcode version alternative steps to install the command line developer tools may be to download them directly in the Xcode preferences window (see screenshots above) or to download them from developer.apple.com (please take care to install the command line tools that are correct exactly for your Xcode version).
- You can compile and install the normal gdb. See GDB on OS X Mavericks and Xcode 5.
Xcode 4.3+ compatibility (Mac OS X 10.7/10.8)
Xcode 4.3 and later no longer install the command line tools by default. These are required by FPC/Lazarus.
To install them manually, open Xcode, go to Preferences, select "Downloads;" and install the "Command Line Tools". Afterwards, FPC will install and function correctly.
It will be necessary to reinstall the command line tools after each upgrade of Xcode (especially when it's a new major version, the installer may delete the old copies of the command line tools), and also after switching to a new major version of the system software (idem). You may also download the command line tools from Apple Developer.
Xcode 3.2.x compatibility (Mac OS X 10.6)
FPC 2.6.0: there is an issue when compiling dynamic libraries with FPC under Mac OS X 10.6 due to a bug in the Xcode 3.2.x linker. This bug has been fixed in Xcode 4. You can work around the bug in Xcode 3.2.x by using the -k-no_order_inits command line parameter when compiling a dynamic library.
Xcode 3.1.x compatibility (Mac OS X 10.5)
Most versions of Lazarus and FPC are compatible with Xcode 3.1 (see the compatibility matrix for detailed reference). The Xcode integration kit is provided as an optional install to allow for developing with Free Pascal directly from Xcode. It is not required for development with Lazarus, however.
Xcode 2.x compatibility (Mac OS X 10.4)
Most versions of Lazarus and FPC are compatible with Xcode 2.3 or newer (see the compatibility matrix for detailled reference). The Xcode integration kit is provided as an optional install to allow for developing with Free Pascal directly from Xcode. It is not required for development with Lazarus, however. Xcode 2.0 was compatible with Lazarus 0.9.x, but it is no longer supported by newer versions of the Lazarus IDE.
Install Packages / Released version
Not every combination of Lazarus and Free Pascal is compatible with every installation of Mac OS X. Please refer to the following table in order to find the correct version for your development environment:
|Lazarus 1.0.0||Lazarus 1.0.2||Lazarus 1.0.4||Lazarus 1.0.6||Lazarus 1.0.8||Lazarus 1.0.10||Lazarus 1.0.12||Lazarus 1.0.14||Lazarus 1.2.0|
|Free Pascal (FPC) 2.6.0||FPC 2.6.2|
|Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)||Incompatible||Incompatible||N/A||Compatible||Incompatible||Incompatible||Compatible*||Compatible*||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)||Compatible||Compatible||N/A||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible**|
|Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)||Incompatible||Incompatible||Compatible||Compatible||Incompatible||Incompatible||With hack only||Not tested||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Not tested||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*|
|Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested|
|Lazarus 1.2.2||Lazarus 1.2.4||Lazarus 1.2.6||Lazarus 1.4.0||Lazarus 1.4.2||Lazarus 1.4.4||Lazarus 1.6.0|
|FPC 2.6.4||FPC 3.0.0|
|Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)||Compatible||N/A||Compatible||Incompatible||Incompatible||Incompatible||Incompatible|
|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)||Compatible||Compatible**||Compatible||Compatible**||Compatible**||Compatible**||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Incompatible||Incompatible||Incompatible||Incompatible|
|Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)||Compatible||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Compatible|
|Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Not tested|
|Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*|
|Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)||Not tested||Not tested||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*||Compatible*|
|Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Not tested||Compatible*||Compatible*|
Installation from disk images
Download the three disk images (.dmg files) for fpc, fpcsrc and lazarus from either of the following links:
Open up each disk image and install in this order:
After installation the Lazarus application can be found in /Developer/lazarus/, the FPC source files in /usr/local/share/fpcsrc.
If you receive a "Can't find unit Interfaces used by Project1" error on trying to compile a blank form, check the following settings in Lazarus (should be set by default):
Lazarus directory: /Developer/lazarus Compiler path: /usr/local/bin/ppc386 (PowerPC Macs: /usr/local/bin/ppcppc) FPC Source: /usr/local/share/fpcsrc
Project | Options
All paths blank LCL Widget Type: default (Carbon beta)
Project | Inspector
Required Packages LCL
Note - different versions of Lazarus depend on particular versions of the FreePascal compiler and will not work with other versions.
Another common problem is that the versions of fpc and fpcsrc are different.
This is the easiest way to install Lazarus on Mac OS X.
Installation using fink
To obtain the up-to-date release versions of lazarus (1.4) AND freepascal (2.6.4) use fink, a package manager for Mac OS X. The extra bonus of fink is easy installation as well as clean removal of a huge number of other open source software packages, including FreePascal crosscompilers for other processors and systems. The choice for lazarus is between an Aqua look of lazarus (preferred by most), a gtk2 look and a Qt4-based version:
$ fink install lazarus-aqua
$ fink install lazarus-gtk2
$ fink install lazarus-qt4
This also installs a number of other packages, such as the FreePascal compiler, the lazarus sources, gtk2 libraries and more. At the prompt, whether you want to install these additional packages, simply hit RETURN and go for a coffee. It really takes some time to build all packages, in particular on older Macs.
After installation, Lazarus can be started from the folder /Applications/Fink/. The actual details of fpc and lazarus are in subdirectories of /sw
With all looks, these widget sets for your program are supported on Intel-Macs:
carbon (Aqua), gtk2, qt4 (Aqua), nogui
These additional cross platform widget sets are supported:
win32, win64 and wince.
Projects with the gtk1 widget set are also supported on 10.4 and 10.5 through the lazarus-common-gtk1 package. On 10.6 and up, gtk1 libraries are deprecated in general and you have to port your project to the gtk2 or carbon widget set. The support of PowerMacs has also been stopped with the release of lazarus 1.4.0.
Install from Source / Development version
You need the latest stable released FPC installed in order to compile the development version.
Download and install a compiler
Download and install the FPC package: https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=89339
There are two development versions of the compiler: 2.6.x is stable version without new features - only bug fixes. The unstable version 2.7.x comes with lots of new features but sometimes also with bugs. Best is to download and install fpc 2.6.x. Some daily snapshots can be found here. Keep in mind that these are daily snapshots and that you can have bad luck and get a buggy version. The probability is about 1:30. So if the version is buggy try another day or use the released packages instead.
Download the sources via svn
- Note: IF the current SVN of FreePascal can not be compiled using the stable release of FreePascal that comes with the current stable version of Lazarus (FPC 2.6.*), you will need a newer compiler. In order to compile the latest versions of FPC, first install a precompiled 2.6.* series compiler. You can get a compiled version of FPC 2.6.* at http://www.freepascal.org/download.var. Note: only do this if the instructions below do not work.
The sources are kept in a version control system called subversion or short svn:
- 10.5 and higher already contains svn clients. Users of earlier versions must install SVN for Mac OS X. A good package is provided by Martin Ott. You can also use fink. SVN clients with GUI (graphical user interface) are available from Versiontracker. A quite handy client, which integrates in Finder, is SCPlugin.
Create a directory, where you would like to put the sources. You don't need to be root to do this. Any normal user can do this. First create a directory for fpc
- (e.g. /Users/username/freepascal)
then open a terminal and do the following:
$ svn co http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpc/trunk fpc
This will create a directory called 'fpc', which can be later used in the IDE. Hint: To download/update the latest changes you can simply do
$ cd /Users/username/freepascal/fpc $ svn up
$ make clean all $ sudo make install
Then download lazarus
$ svn co http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/lazarus/trunk lazarus
This will create a directory called 'lazarus'. To update the latest changes:
$ cd /Users/username/freepascal/lazarus $ svn up
$ make clean all
Then start lazarus either via command line or by double click in the finder:
Download stable sources
Source code of stable versions is available in the Lazarus Zip - GZip archives. This is e.g. an option for users, who want to run the latest official Lazarus versions on "unsupported" machines, e.g. PPC-based Macs. Provided that you have installed the latest stable FPC version together with sources, it is sufficient to download and unpack the zip archive. Move it to the desired location (e.g. your /Developer folder), open a terminal window and change the shell's path to this folder (the easiest way to do this is to type "cd " and then to drag the icon of the freshly unpacked Lazarus folder to the position after this command in the Terminal window). If necessary enter <return> and then
$ make clean bigide
and <return> again. Subsequently, Free Pascal will use the makefile in this folder to build the Lazarus IDE. This may take a few minutes, but the process is fully automated. Therefore, you might want to look for a cup of coffee, while FPC is working. If the compiler is ready it prints the number of processed lines and the required time to the shell's output.
The last step is to right-klick on the Lazarus bundle icon and to select "Show Package Contents" from the context menu. Then drag the executable "lazarus" to the folder "Contents/MacOS" of the bundle. That's it.
Uninstalling Lazarus and Free Pascal
Installed using fink
The complete uninstall of all fpc and lazarus packages is done with:
fink purge --recursive fpc-config
If you want to preserve changes to the preference file /sw/etc/fpc.cfg, do:
fink remove --recursive fpc-config
For the removal of the Lazarus preference folder and files in your home directory, see below ( Lazarus preference folder).
Installed from disk images or sources
Normally you uninstall an application on OS X simply by dragging it from the Applications folder to the trash. But because Lazarus and Free Pascal are development tools, they're installed in several folders that you don't normally see in Finder.
You can copy and save the commands below to file uninstallLaz.sh and run it if you need to uninstall Lazarus and Free Pascal. You can usually install newer versions of Lazarus and Free Pascal over older versions, but as with most software it's not a bad idea to clean out everything before you install a newer version. This list of commands should also give you a sense of where the various pieces of Lazarus and Free Pascal are located.
bin=/usr/local/bin share=/usr/local/share lib=/usr/local/lib receipts=/Library/Receipts private=/private/etc rm -fv $bin/ppcppc rm -fv $bin/ppc386 rm -fv $bin/bin2obj rm -fv $bin/data2inc rm -fv $bin/delp rm -fv $bin/fd2pascal rm -fv $bin/fpc rm -fv $bin/fpcmake rm -fv $bin/fpcmkcfg rm -fv $bin/fpcsubst rm -fv $bin/fpdoc rm -fv $bin/fprcp rm -fv $bin/h2pas rm -fv $bin/h2paspp rm -fv $bin/makeskel rm -fv $bin/mkxmlrpc rm -fv $bin/plex rm -fv $bin/postw32 rm -fv $bin/ppdep rm -fv $bin/ppudump rm -fv $bin/ppufiles rm -fv $bin/ppumove rm -fv $bin/ptop rm -fv $bin/pyacc rm -fv $bin/rstconv rm -fv $bin/unitdiff rm -r $private/lazarus rm -r $bin/lazarus rm -r $share/lazarus rm -r $share/fpcsrc rm -r $share/doc/fpc-2.2.2 rm -r $share/examples/fpc-2.2.2 rm -r $lib/fpc rm -r $receipts/lazarus-*.pkg rm -r $receipts/fpcsrc-*.pkg rm -r $receipts/fpc-*.pkg rm -fv /etc/fpc.cfg
Note that this assumes you have version 2.2.2 snapshot of Free Pascal installed. If you have a different version, change the two relevant commands to specify your version.
To run this script, change to the directory where it's stored and enter:
chmod +x uninstallLaz.sh sudo ./uninstallLaz.sh
Then enter your password when prompted.
Lazarus preference folder .lazarus in the home directory
Note: Lazarus also creates a .lazarus folder in your home directory where it stores environment settings and a list of recently opened projects and files. You can leave this folder alone if you want the new version of Lazarus you're installing to use your old settings. OS X normally doesn't show files or folders whose names start with a dot (.). To see this folder and its contents, enter the following in a terminal window:
cd ~/ ls -al cd .lazarus ls
To remove it, execute the following commands:
cd ~/ rm -rv .lazarus
- FPC 2.4.4 has a bug. You can not compile the IDE with the range check flag -Cr.
- On OS X 10.4 you have to manually uninstall any previous version before installing a new dmg. Delete the following files and folders:
The carbon interface has matured and is probably preferred over the gtk2 interface by most users of lazarus:
- The carbon IDE looks somewhat nicer, although autosizing does not yet work correctly. Therefore, some dialogs look pretty bad until you enlarge them manually.
- Sometimes the blinking cursor vanishes after closing a file. Just switch to another page and back.
- Lazarus known issues (things that will never be fixed) - A list of interface compatibility issues
- Win32/64 Interface - The winapi interface for Windows 95/98/Me/2K/XP/Vista, but not CE
- Windows CE Interface - For Pocket PC and Smartphones
- Carbon Interface - The Carbon interface for Mac OS X
- Cocoa Interface - The Cocoa interface for Mac OS X
- Qt Interface - The Qt 4 interface for Unixes, Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux-based PDAs
- GTK1 Interface - The gtk1 interface for Unixes, Mac OS X (X11), Windows
- GTK2 Interface - The gtk2 interface for Unixes, Mac OS X (X11), Windows
- GTK3 Interface - The gtk3 interface for Unixes, Mac OS X (X11), Windows
- fpGUI Interface - Based on the fpGUI library, which is a cross-platform toolkit completely written in Object Pascal
- Custom Drawn Interface - A cross-platform LCL backend written completely in Object Pascal inside Lazarus. The Lazarus interface to Android.
Platform specific Tips
- OS X Programming Tips - Lazarus installation, useful tools, Unix commands, and more...
- WinCE Programming Tips - Using the telephone API, sending SMSes, and more...
- Windows Programming Tips - Desktop Windows programming tips.
Mac How To Articles
- Mac How - If you having troubles in solving some major issues.
Interfaces Development Articles
- Carbon interface internals - If you want to help improving the Carbon interface
- Windows CE Development Notes - For Pocket PC and Smartphones
- Adding a new interface - How to add a new widget set interface
- LCL Defines - Choosing the right options to recompile LCL
- LCL Internals - Some info about the inner workings of the LCL