How do I directly open X11 on my mac?

How can I add the X11 icon to the applications folder?

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I'd recommend installing XQuartz, which is a very nice X server for OS X.

  • I have X11 installed. I'm just not sure how to open it directly. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 1:13
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    Do you mean X11 installed by homebrew or the like, and you're wanting to run X applications under OS X? Still the same advice; the homebrew-x11 page (github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-x11) suggests installing XQuartz via homebrew (which will add the Quartz app to the Applications folder); any other X11 apps installed will use it - though I believe you'll need to launch it first before running the X application(s). Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 1:20
  • I understand your point now. I use MacPorts, so I believe the correct port is quartz-wm. I'll give it a try. Thanks! Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 1:31

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