MacPorts History

The MacPorts project was originally started in 2002 by several people at Apple, including Landon Fuller, Kevin Van Vechten?, and Jordan Hubbard, under the name "DarwinPorts." The goal was to make it easier for users to install 3rd-party UNIX software on Apple's then-new Mac OS X operating system and its open-source core, Darwin; the name was chosen as a combination of "Darwin" with "Ports" -- the name of the FreeBSD package management system which inspired DarwinPorts' development and which Jordan Hubbard had years earlier been instrumental in creating.

DarwinPorts began as part of Apple's OpenDarwin effort, which was set up to provide an interface between Apple's developers and the open-source community. The DarwinPorts web site was initially located at In 2003 the project acquired its own domain,; both and continued to be used interchangeably for several years.

In 2006 the OpenDarwin project as a whole was shut down, and DarwinPorts needed a new home. Apple set up macOS forge to host Mac-related open-source projects, and the DarwinPorts project accepted Apple's offer to be hosted there. In addition, in part to distance itself from a third party website that was confusing and misleading users (see DarwinPortsDotCom), and in part to better reflect the project's focus on Mac OS X, the project's name was changed to MacPorts and the web site was moved to The old address continues to redirect there. The MacPorts project also owns and

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