My girlfriend recently ordered a MacBook Pro with Lion installed. For an online class she needs GIMP which depends on X11. What are my options to get it? Is there any Apple-sanctioned way to do the install? Would there be any downside to using the SL DVD from my machine? Or should I just install XQuartz?


As a matter of fact Lion DOES ship with X11. There were many doubts, and many believed it wouldn't, but it does.

Source: me. Ive got xeyes running on my Lion iMac right now. :)

Another Source: Apple. http://www.apple.com/macosx/apps/all.html#x11

  • Okay, thanks! No wonder I couldn't find install instructions. – David Browne Sep 9 '11 at 0:01
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    This build of GIMP is the one recommended by gimp.org for use on a Mac. It works fine for me on Lion: gimp.lisanet.de/Website/News/News.html – NReilingh Sep 9 '11 at 0:16
  • @NReilingh: you mean 2.6.11 for Leopard but from the site you mention? Can you post a direct link for GIMP that works for you on Lion? – delirus Jan 11 '12 at 10:47
  • The build mentioned by @NReilingh also works for me. The build is 2.6.11 for Leopard. – delirus Jan 11 '12 at 10:58
  • @delirius for Lion, you will want the build that is for Snow Leopard. Version 2.6.11 is current. Download page is here: gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html – NReilingh Jan 12 '12 at 0:58

I've found this post is very helpful to install GIMP on Mac OS X Lion:

Just go to http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html and download the GIMP 2.6.11 for Leopard version on your Lion. I’ve tried the Snow leopard and Tiger version but that doesn’t work for me.

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