MacOS development

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Here are some notes about running navit under MacOS. This is a draft, feel free to improve it.

What you will need

You need Xcode Tools and MacPorts in order to install navit.

MacPorts developers suggest to install Xcode Tools from and not from the Mac OSX install disk.

Make sure you don't have fink installed on your system, it can confuse MacPorts package building and installation.


You should only need gtk2 and glib2 via macPorts


Untested yet.

Installation instruction

Download Xcode Tools from and install it with X11 SDK

Download and Install MacPorts from, or update your version

 sudo port -d selfupdate

Open up a terminal

make sure your PATH variables has /opt/local/bin and /opt/local/sbin in it:

 echo $PATH 

Install automake, wget, gpsd (if you want gps support), gtk2 and glib2 (for gkt GUI) with

 sudo port install automake wget gpsd gtk2 glib2

Download navit or checkout it from CVS

 cvs login

At the password prompt, just press enter. Then

 cvs -z3 co -P navit

Edit and add


to the CFLAGS variable (note that the variables occurs 2 times in the file) and change

 LIBS="$LIBS -lm -rdynamic"


 LIBS="$LIBS -lm"

(on some systems, the "-rdynamic" option ensures that the executable has it's global symbols put into the symbol table. This is already the default behavior on darwin.)

If you want to install navit along the MacPorts packages, you need to use the /opt/local directory as prefix:

 ./ && ./configure --prefix=/opt/local

You may replace the <plugins> section of your navit.xml file by

 	<plugin path="/opt/local/lib/navit/gui/libgui_gtk.dylib" />
 	<plugin path="/opt/local/lib/navit/graphics/libgraphics_gtk_drawing_area.dylib" />	
 	<plugin path="/opt/local/lib/navit/graphics/libgraphics_null.dylib" active="no"/>



to build NavIt, and

 sudo make install

to install it.

Something went wrong?

Libtool error :

If you try to compile navit-0.0.1, you might get the following bug (which is fixed in cvs).

/usr/bin/libtool: internal link edit command failed
make[4]: *** [] Error 1
make[3]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1

The fix is in debug.h to replace

int debug_level;


extern int debug_level;

This should be fixed now in CVS.

Malloc error :

param.c:3:20: error: malloc.h: No such file or directory
param.c: In function 'param_add_string':
param.c:10: warning: implicit declaration of function 'malloc'
param.c:10: warning: incompatible implicit declaration of built-in function 'malloc'

There is no malloc.h in OS X. All the defs are in stdlib.h. If you want you could make a softlink /opt/local/inlcude/malloc.h to /usr/include/stdlib.h, or just comment the relevants include <malloc.h>

Both will work. The symlink is maybe easier for now.

 ln -s /usr/include/stdlib.h /opt/local/include/malloc.h

We'll add a platform-test soon to fix it.