[ANNOUNCE] Git Universal OS X Installer

Kyle J. McKay mackyle at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 14:59:03 GMT 2015

What is it?

A universal installer for Git on OS X supporting Mac OS X 10.4.8 or  
later including PowerPC/Intel and both 32 and 64 bit.

Isn't there one already?

Yes, there is another OS X installer for Git available.  That one,  
however, did not meet my needs so I created this one and decided to  
share it in case anyone else has similar requirements.


* This installer includes PowerPC/Intel 32/64 bit binaries and runs on  
10.4.8 or later.  So if you're running PPC 10.5 on a G5 and need a 64- 
bit Git you're good to go.

* The Git translations ARE included and may optionally be chosen based  
on the System Preferences languages selection(s) instead of the LANG  
and related environment variables.

* Besides the man pages; the html docs, release notes, api, howto etc.  
docs are also included.

* This is a Secure Transport-based Git -- no OpenSSL is used.  This  
means all root certificates (by default) come from the standard OS X  
keychain location(s).  Both git imap-send and git send-email operate  
using Secure Transport in this build (via libcurl).

* git send-email, git imap-send and git instaweb work out-of-the-box  
with no additional software installation required.

* git subtree and git-credential-osxkeychain are included.

* A build of the curl command-line utility that uses Secure Transport  
is also included (may be optionally disabled in the installer) for  

* A build of the GnuPG gpg utility (with docs) is included (may be  
optionally disabled in the installer) for signing/verifying  
convenience which also supports creating top secret strength RSA keys.

* A build of TopGit is included (may be optionally disabled in the  
installer) for patch management.

* Library headers are included  (may be optionally disabled in the  
installer) for ease of building a custom Git against the same  
libraries the installed Git uses.

* Provides a complete solution for using Git on Mac OS X 10.4.x and  
10.5.x including full support for https/imaps/ftps/smtps TLS  
certificates which use the SHA-2 family of hash functions (such as  

* Fully supports TLS 1.2 when run on a version of OS X with TLS 1.2  
support (OS X 10.9 and later).

* Currently provides Git version 2.1.4 (with backports of the  
executable-config-file fix, reflog-reading fix and imap-send-via- 
libcurl patch).  Installers for later versions of Git are planned.


Download links (and hashes) for the 11 MiB installer (a .dmg image)  
are available at:


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