FreeBSD Ports

The FreeBSD Ports Collection provides an easy and consistent way of installing software ported to FreeBSD. It uses Makefiles laid out in a directory hierarchy, so software can be installed and deinstalled with the make command.

When installing an application, very little (if any) user intervention is required after issuing the initial command. In most cases, the application is automatically downloaded from the Internet, patched and configured if necessary, compiled, installed, and registered in the package database. Any dependencies on other applications or libraries a port may have are also installed for the user.

Each port, or software package, is maintained by a "port maintainer", an individual who is responsible for staying current with the latest software developments. Anyone is welcome to become a port maintainer by contributing their favorite piece of software to the collection. One may also choose to adopt and maintain an existing port that has no maintainership. Due to the size of the Ports Collection and with new software being contributed on a regular basis, many users will never have to look elsewhere for third party applications.

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Mk Templates Tools accessibility arabic
archivers astro audio benchmarks biology
cad chinese comms converters databases
deskutils devel dns editors emulators
finance french ftp games german
graphics hebrew hungarian irc japanese
java korean lang mail math
misc multimedia net net-im net-mgmt
net-p2p news palm polish ports-mgmt
portuguese print russian science security
shells sysutils textproc ukrainian vietnamese
www x11 x11-clocks x11-drivers x11-fm
x11-fonts x11-servers x11-themes x11-toolkits x11-wm