Gimp on Mac OS X without X11 from MacPorts Redux

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A few months ago, I wrote about using Gimp on Mac OS X without X11 from MacPorts. Since then I’ve upgraded my systems to Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5), and experienced the font rendering problem myself. That problem is now fixed.

If you need to get an existing installation of gimp working, do the following:

sudo port sync
sudo port upgrade cairo
sudo port -f uninstall pango
sudo port clean --all pango
sudo port install pango +no_x11

If you are installing Gimp for the first time, the following should work:

sudo port clean --all
sudo port install cairo +quartz +no_x11
sudo port install poppler +quartz
sudo port install gail +quartz
sudo port install gimp2
sudo port install gimp +quartz

UPDATE: Check out the MacPorts users mailing lists ( and trac database ( for assistance if this does not work for you.