A Homebrew (the Mac OSX Package Manager) tap for installing Scribus
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Install Scribus w/ Homebrew Package Manager

Read this important note before continuing

Install Scribus trunk (AKA the bleeding edge version) via Homebrew, a MacOSX package manager. The formula used to download the Scribus trunk is in what is called a Homebrew 'tap'. 'Tap' is homebrew-speak for a git repository containing extra formulae outside of the main Homebrew repo. The Scribus tap is hosted on the official Scribus github repo.
Note: This tap installs the latest version of 1.5.x trunk (there is no 1.4.x unless someone wants to make it.) Use this at your own risk. Scribus team is not responsible for any loss of data or breakage of equipment.


  • An Intel CPU
  • OSX 10.9+
  • Xcode (Command Line Tools or full Xcode install)
  • A Bourne-compatible shell for installation (e.g. bash or zsh)
  • No macports1 installed


Install Xcode2
Several options to choose from:

  1. Command Line Tools for Xcode: xcode-select --install
  2. Download Xcode using iTunes
  3. Download Xcode directly from https://developer.apple.com/downloads

Install Homebrew Package Manager

  1. Open Terminal.app or iTerm
  2. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" 3

Install Scribus and it's dependencies

  1. brew tap scribusproject/scribus will copy the formula from the Scribus github repo AND from now on check the repo formula for updates everytime brew update is invoked.
  2. brew install --HEAD scribus --verbose will build Scribus.. This will take some time.
  3. brew linkapps scribus --local will symlink Scribus.app to ~/Applications


Run Scribus
Several options to choose from:

  • You can run from Finder: ⌘+[space] then type Scribus and choose the one in ~/Applications
  • You can run from command line: ~/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus

Use Bleeding Edge Scribus

So now you can follow the development of Scribus. In order to use the latest code you need to follow these steps:

  • Open terminal or iTerm
  • Run brew update && brew upgrade --all to make sure homebrew is up to date
  • Run brew reinstall --HEAD --verbose scribus --verbose

Advanced Usage

Run HEAD with a specific Patch
Sometimes you may run in to a situation where you'd like to test or include a patch to Scribus. You can do that thus:

  • Within the Formula block add a line with Patch :DATA
  • Then append the patch to the end of the formula. By doing:
[add the patch here]  

See Example or check out:

class Scribuspatch < Formula
  homepage 'http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus_and_Homebrew'
  version '0.9'
  head 'svn://scribus.net//trunk/Scribus', :using => ScribusDownloadStrategy
  depends_on 'xz'
   patch :DATA

   def install
    system "cmake", ".", *args
diff --git a/scribus/scribus.cpp b/scribus/scribus.cpp
index 966362a..a6a66b6 100644
--- a/scribus/scribus.cpp
+++ b/scribus/scribus.cpp
@@ -6539,6 +6539,7 @@ void ScribusMainWindow::slotPrefsOrg()
 	struct ApplicationPrefs oldPrefs(prefsManager->appPrefs);
 	PreferencesDialog prefsDialog(this, oldPrefs);
+  prefsDialog.setWindowModality( Qt::WindowModal );
 	int prefsResult=prefsDialog.exec();
 	if (prefsResult==QDialog::Accepted)

Important Note (from the Scribus core devs)

  • Don't use 1.5 for production, don't rely on it to work day to day. Use stable version (1.4.5) for that.
  • If you ignore the above, be prepared to stay on a version that works for you. There's normally no reason to change every day.
  • No bugs for homebrew solutions in the Scribus tracker. Use the Issue Tracker for that.
  • Trunk is not backward compatible, in other words, back up any older Scribus formats before you open them using trunk. (example: if you made a file using v1.5.0 and then opened it up with a trunk build do not expect it to work correctly again in 1.5.0)
  • Trunk will be subject to be broken by the devs as it goes through the development process.
  • Use this at your own risk.

Other Important Notes (non-dev related)

  • If you have macports installed most likely you will run in to issues when using Homebrew. Therefore you will need to choose between one or the other. It's not recommended to run 2 different package managers on the same machine.

Help Report Bugs

Since you are running Scribus trunk you can help Scribus development by making bug reports informative by generating backtraces of the bugs you encounter.

  1. From the CLI invoke the debugger: lldb ~/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus
    The CLI will respond with:
    (lldb) target create "/Users/snafu/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus"
    Current executable set to '/Users/snafu/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus' (x86_64).
  2. When lldb prompts you: type run to invoke Scribus from within debugger.
    The CLI responds:
    Process ##### launched: '/Users/snafu/Applications/Scribus.app/Contents/MacOS/Scribus' (x86_64)
  3. Switch back to Scribus interface and use it methodically to trigger the bug
  4. Switch back to CLI and generate a backtrace by typing: bt


  1. Copy/Paste backtrace in to a bug report along with step by step instructions on how to trigger bug at http://bugs.scribus.net See example bug report.


  • Make a legit Homebrew formula for 1.6 WIP


1 Homebrew will complain about libraries that belong to macports. At this time, it is recommended not to have 2 package managers installed on the same machine.
2 Most formulae require a compiler. A handful require a full Xcode installation. You can install Xcode, the CLT, or both; Homebrew supports all three configurations. Downloading Xcode may require an Apple Developer account on older versions of OS X. Sign up for free here.
3 See http://brew.sh