My understanding is that you need to install 'Fink' before an apt-get will work in the Terminal on OS X, but there isn't a Fink binary installer yet for Mavericks.

Does anyone know what the best alternative would be for

sudo apt-get install 

on OS X Mavericks?

  • Fink has been release for Mavericks
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 19:08

2 Answers 2


If I understand correctly, you just want a package manager.

apt-get is just an interface for Aptitude, a deb packaging system. DEB isn't tied into Mac OS like it would be your average Linux distro, so you'd need an alternative.

Fink will do this on its own, other alternatives are MacPorts or Homebrew.

If your goal is to be able to execute a command, say like (something) install program and it'll install the program and its dependencies for you, either of these three will do that for you.

I'd personally suggest Homebrew. http://brew.sh/

  • the formulas aren't always there in brew though. I wish there was a clearer "formula" for porting apt-get packages to brew
    – user391339
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 7:29

Fink has been released for OS X Mavericks. Per their latest news item

2013-10-30: fink-0.36.0 released.
fink-0.36.0 was released on 31 October, 2013. This is the first release to work with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). We are currently in the process of making packages available.

You can download Fink from fink.thetis.ig42.org.

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