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How to install ABINIT on Mac OSX

This file describes how to install ABINIT on Mac OS X:

  • Using the Homebrew package manager
  • Using the MacPorts package manager
  • Compiling from source

Using homebrew

Tested with mac OS X v10.9 (Mavericks), v10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan). A Homebrew official formula for ABINIT is available (authors: D. Davydov + M. Torrent).


  1. Homebrew installed (see:
  2. Homebrew needs Xcode and “Xcode command line tools” to be installed. Just type:
    xcode-select --install

Installing ABINIT

Just type:

brew install homebrew/science/abinit

ABINIT should install smoothly with its dependencies.


  • At the first installation, this can take time, because of the required compilation of some dependencies (netcdf, fftw …).

  • LibXC, ETSF_IO and netCDF fallbacks (plugins) are used by default. FoX, Wannier90 and BigDFT are not available in Homebrew. AtomPAW can be installed as a separate package (formula).

  • The following options are available for ABINIT formula:

    • –with-testsuite → Run full test suite (time consuming)
    • –without-check → Skip build-time tests (not recommended)
    • –without-etsf_io → Build without etsf_io support
    • –without-netcdf → Build without netcdf support
    • –without-fftw → Build without fftw support
    • –without-gsl → Build without gsl support
    • –without-scalapack → Build without scalapack support

Using macports

Available from ABINIT v7.4.3 Tested with mac OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion), v10.9 (Mavericks), v10.10 (Yosemite) v10.11 (El Capitan)


  • MacPorts installed (see

  • Some basic ports already installed:

    1. gcc (last version) with Fortran variant (Fortran compiler),
    2. mpich or openmpi (MPI)
  • Before starting, it is preferable to update MacPorts system:

    sudo port selfupdate
    sudo port upgrade outdated


  • It is recommended to completely reinstall MacPorts after a MacOS upgrade.
  • MacPorts needs Xcode and “Xcode command line tools” to be installed; just type:
    xcode-select --install

Using the official ABINIT port

There are available ports in the MacPorts system for some ABINIT versions. They have been originally created by ABINIT developers. But they are not necessarily maintained for all ABINIT versions.

Try first to install official ABINIT port:

sudo port install abinit

If the lastest ABINIT is successfully installed, it’s OK for you. If not, follow the procedure below.

Using ABINIT port from

Preparing your MacPorts installation

You need to create a local repository designed to receive local ports. Let’s name it LOCAL_REPOSITORY in the following. This might be:




Replace LOCAL_REPOSITORY by the correct string in the following…

  1. Edit the file /opt/local/etc/macports/sources.conf (with administrator privileges) and add these two lines at the end:

    rsync:// [default]
  2. Create the directory: LOCAL_REPOSITORY/science/abinit

Installing ABINIT

Download the “portfile” corresponding to your ABINIT version and copy it in the LOCAL_REPOSITORY/science/abinit directory. The portfile for ABINIT vX.Y.Z is available at:

Untar the file in the local repository:

cd LOCAL_REPOSITORY/science/abinit
tar -xvzf Portfile.tar.gz

Update your local repository index:

sudo portindex

Install ABINIT port:

sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z

ABINIT port variants

By default, ABINIT is installed with the following plugins/fallbacks:

libXC, ETSF_IO, Wannier90

Linking ABINIT to FFTW3 library:

 sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z +fftw3

Linking ABINIT to parallel Linear Algebra ScaLapack:

 sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z +scalapack

Installing a multi-threaded (openMP) version of ABINIT:

 sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z +threads

Installing atompaw PAW atomic dataset generator:

 sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z +atompaw


sudo port install atompaw

It is possible to mix all previous variants:

sudo port install abinit @X.Y.Z +fftw3+threads+scalapack+atompaw

Other options available by typing:

port info abinit

Compiling from source under MacOSX


  1. Mac OSX

  2. Xcode installed with “Xcode command line tools”; just type:

    xcode-select --install
  3. A Fortran compiler installed. Possible options:

    • gfortran binary from:
    • gfortran binary from:
    • gfortran installed via a package manager (MacPorts, Homebrew, Fink)
    • Intel Fortran compiler
  4. A MPI library installed (If you want to benefit from parallelism; recommended). Possible options:

    • mpich from, or via a package manager
    • openmpi from, or via a package manager
  5. A Linear Algebra library installed. By default the ‘accelerate’ Framework is installed on MacOSX and ABINIT build system should find it. But you might want to install a parallel library: scalapack, atlas, mkl, …

Installing ABINIT

Create a working directory:

cd abinit_src_dir
mkdir build && cd build

To configure the sequential version:

../configure FC=gfortran CC=clang FCFLAGS_EXTRA="-ffree-line-length-none"

for the parallel version (only with MPI installed):

../configure FC=mpif90 CC=mpicc FCFLAGS_EXTRA="-ffree-line-length-none" \
    --enable-mpi  --enable-mpi-io

Compile with:

make mj4

Install (optional):

make install


To benefit from the “fallbacks” (libXC, netCDF, …), consult the configure script help:

../configure --help

The –with-dft-flavor and –with-trio-flavor have to be adjusted.