Xquartz For Maceverinsight

The Xquartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X.org X Window System that runs on Mac OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the X11.app that. Contribute to XQuartz/XQuartz development by creating an account on GitHub.

  1. Xquartz For Mac Download
  2. Xquartz Setup

The XQuartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X.Org X Window System that runs on OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the X11.app that Apple shipped with OS X versions 10.5 through 10.7.

  • XQuartz is usually the best option for running an X server on a Mac. If you're running older OS X versions, you might prefer X11.app from Apple. If you're using older Mac hardware with PowerPC CPUs, you can also run XFree86 in the Darwin/PowerPC port (note that Xorg.org is originally a forked XFree86).
  • XQuartz is a free, open-source display server for macOS. It enables a macOS user to run GUI programs designed for the X Window System. XQuartz was developed in collaboration between Apple, Inc. And the X.Org Foundation in the early 2000s, at the beginning of the OS X era of Apple operating systems.
Xquartz for mac

Quick Download

XQuartz-2.7.11.dmg2.7.112016-10-29For OS X 10.6.3 or later
X11-2.6.3.dmg2.6.32011-07-20For OS X 10.5.x (final Leopard release)

Important Info for 10.5 Users

OS X Software Updates have included some of the work done by the XQuartz project, but for various reasons, Apple cannot ship the latest and greatest version offered by the XQuartz site. Since the XQuartz X11 package clobbers Apple's X11.app, their software update will clobber the XQuartz X11 package. Because of this, you may experience conflicts after doing a Software Update from Apple. Please re-install the latest XQuartz X11 release for Leopard after installing a system software update to OS X 10.5.x Leopard.

License Info

An XQuartz installation consists of many individual pieces of software which have various licenses. The X.Org software components’ licenses are discussed on theX.Org Foundation Licenses page.The quartz-wm window manager included with the XQuartz distribution uses the Apple Public Source License Version 2.

Released: 2008-04-14


DownloadXQuartz-,and open it in macOS’s Installer.

Xquartz For Mac Download

Important Notices

OS Requirements

macOS 10.5 or later is required to installthis package.

Default X11 Server

If this is your first time installing XQuartz, you may wish to logout and logback in to update your DISPLAY environment variable.

Changes in

  • All changes in 2.2.0 plus:
    • Updated /usr/X11/lib/X11/xinit/privileged_startx.d/10-tmpdirs to address a potential security risk (privilege escalation):
      • A user could create a symbolic link from /tmp/.X11-unix to /usr/X11/lib/X11/xinit/privileged_startx.d and execute privileged_startx to give himself write permission to /usr/X11/lib/X11/xinit/privileged_startx.d

Changes in 2.2.0

Xquartz Setup

  • All changes in 2.1.4 plus:
  • All packages updated to versions intended to ship as part of X11R7.4 (as of 2008.03.14):
  • app:
    • luit 1.0.3
      • Also added Martin’s secure tty patch
    • xinit 1.0.8-git-2008.04.13
      • Moved font caching logic to startx rather than xinitrc
      • Added support for xinitrc.d directory, so fink, macports, et al won’t clobber our xinitrc
      • Moved some stuff out of xinitrc into the xinitrc.d directory
      • Fixed startup to work correctly even with broken .bashrc and .profile (‘set ' bug)
      • Fixed “post-crash titlebar missing” bug
      • Fixed /tmp/.X11-unix permission
      • Now cache system font directories at X11.app startup rather than system startup
      • Renamed startx LaunchAgent org.x.startx from org.x.X11
      • System xinitrc now works for users with spaces in $HOME
  • font:
  • lib:
    • libpng 1.2.26
      • Includes fix for [CVE:CVE-2008-1382]
  • proto:
  • util:
  • quartz-wm:
    • Restores minimized windows when the server crashes
    • Added preference to control moving X11.app into the foreground when a new X11 window is created
    • Added preference to toggle shading of windows
  • server:
    • xorg-server-1.3.0-apple15
      • Added informational output when falling through to failsafe startup in X11.app
      • Unsetenv(DISPLAY) when falling through to failsafe startup in X11.app
      • Fixed “confirm on exit”
      • Exposé now works as expected
      • Disabled rlAccel (suspected of causing some crashes, might not be fixed since plans are to support COMPOSITE)
      • X11 works better with spaces