The latest version is from 2016:


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I will try it out .. but wonder if there were some pointers / warnings about this..


Yes, the latest version of XQuartz works just fine on my macOS Mojave machine with absolutely zero issues.

screenshot showing XQuartz working

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    Remember that it does open you up to X related security vulnerabilities. Just be on guard and keep it updated. May 4 '19 at 2:43
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    @BillSmith: Is XQuartz being actively maintained? Not much evidence of that on the GitHub site, but I only did a quick look.
    – Seamus
    May 4 '19 at 17:39
  • Last updated October 2016. Abandonware? May 4 '19 at 17:45
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    @BillSmith: I duno' but the security must have been truly impressive if no updates have been required since 2016. I was just reflecting on your comment about "keep it upgraded".
    – Seamus
    May 4 '19 at 17:50
  • @Seamus: Since 2016 a lot of public CVE's have been published for X11 (f. e. CVE-2017-13721). Most of them are minor, but still... I would really be surprised if macOS would be immune to all these CVE's. In my opinion, installing XQuartz is a security issue.
    – BudBrot
    Feb 15 '20 at 19:14

Yes, but one limitation is that it does not support Retina displays, meaning that the UI is quite pixelated on an Apple Retina display.


To add a bit to @abc's answer:

  1. I've had good luck with XQuartz, but looking at the XQuartz GitHub page, it would seem there's not a great deal of current activity (maintenance or new development) taking place.

  2. I only use XQuartz over an SSH connection: ssh -Y user@hostname

  3. You will need a ~/.Xauthority file on your client machine (not the Mac). It should be generated automatically, but check for it.

  4. I've got a few notes that might help you on my GitHub page.

Let us know if you have more questions.

  • XQuartz works fine when launching applications, but when launching a full X desktop using XDMCP it crashes. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot this? Sep 21 '19 at 15:55

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