[R-sig-Geo] MacOS spatial packages installation

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Tue Jun 18 19:22:27 CEST 2013

On Tue, 18 Jun 2013, Barry Rowlingson wrote:

> Hi there
> what's the current best-practice method for installing all our
> favourite spatial packages on a Mac?
> Is there anything simpler or more recent than:
> http://codealamode.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/installing-rgdal-for-r-on-mac.html

Yes, and there probably was then too, unless extra drivers were needed for 
GDAL or OGR, or where the latest GDAL or GEOS are needed. The OSX CRAN 
binaries are up to date on rgdal and rgeos, and not too far behind on the 
external dependencies, which are included statically built to remove the 
risk of complication - all thanks to Brian Ripley for starting the 
build process and Simon Urbanek for keeping it running. I don't have 
access to such a platform, so comments from those using it would be 
helpful. If the target users already have GEOS, GDAL, etc, installing from 
source should be OK if their machines are set up to install from source, 
but is obviously more demanding.

Hope this helps,


> I'm after installing rgdal, raster, maptools, rgeos, but unfortunately
> I don't have a Mac to try it on - I'm trying to get instructions for
> distributing to people before a workshop.
> The easiest way for Ubuntu/Linux at the moment appears to be to
> install R from CRAN's ubuntu packaging and then add Michael Rutter's
> PPA "ppa:marutter/c2d4u" to your sources. This then lets you get rgdal
> with "apt-get install r-cran-rgdal" (or a similar one-liner) which
> gets all the gdal library dependencies.
> But when I have to do this on Macs I find the instructions have always
> changed since last time.
> Thanks
> Barry
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Roger Bivand
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