Running Geany on macOS (OS X)

Install Geany on macOS (OS X)

There are 3 ways to install Geany on macOS

Install by downloading binary package

The easiest way to get Geany installed on your system is to get the precompiled version available here. The app bundle requires OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher and a 64-bit CPU. The bundle includes most of the plugins (those not requiring additional dependencies) and color themes.

If you installed Geany from the dmg and want to run it from the command line:


If you want to create some shortcuts or to add this path to the default path, please read this thread on GitHub

Install by compiling from Sources

Geany compilation and creation of the above app bundle using jhbuild is explained in the geany-osx project README.

Install by using MacPorts

As of March 2022, you can install geany and geany-plugins (1.38) on your Apple Macintosh via MacPorts. MacPorts is a software packaging system that brings thousands of open source software packages to the Mac operating system. After installing MacPorts (and Apple’s Xcode developer tools), you can install geany and most of the plugin collection with:

sudo port install geany-plugins

If you want a leaner install, you can install just geany with:

sudo port install geany

The default install of geany uses a X11 interface and so should be as similar as possible to other unix-based platforms if that is where you are coming from. More experimental at this point, but can also install geany with a Quartz-based interface with:

sudo port install geany +quartz

For information on geany on MacPorts, you can look at

geany and geany-plugins are both native and compatible with Apple-silicone macs (“M1”).

To run Geany, double-click the Geany icon installed in Application/MacPorts.

If you run into a problem or deficiency with Geany from MacPorts, please post a message on the MacPorts-users mailing list: