McIDAS User's Guide
Version 2015.1

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Installing McIDAS-X on Unix or Mac OS X Workstations

If you are installing McIDAS-X on a workstation running the Windows 7 operating system, go to Installing McIDAS-X on Windows 7 Workstations.

The system administrator or person who installs McIDAS-X will use these installation instructions. The instructions follow the table below, which lists the Unix and Mac OS X software versions compatible with McIDAS-X 2015.1.

McIDAS-X 2015.1 was tested - and is fully supported - on these versions only. In most cases, you should be able to install and run McIDAS-X 2015.1 on workstations running later editions in the same version series (e.g., if McIDAS-X is tested and supported on version 1.2.1, then versions 1.2.2, 1.2.3, etc. are also likely to work correctly). However, please keep in mind that McIDAS User Services is very limited in its ability to acquire and test versions other than those below and thus is limited in its ability to assist in troubleshooting problems that occur with other versions.

Vendor Operating System Fortran compiler C compiler X Server /
X Window System
Apple® Mac OS® X
10.8.5 Intel
gfortran: 4.8.1
(available for free at
gcc: 4.2.1
(packaged with Xcode 5)
XQuartz 2.7.5
(available for free at
Mac OS X
10.7.5 Intel
gfortran: 4.7.1
(available for free at
gcc: 4.2.1
(packaged with Xcode 4)
XQuartz 2.7.3
(available for free at
OS X Note:
  1. In order to build and install McIDAS-X on Mac OS X, you must install the Xcode Developer Tools and Command Line Tools on your workstation. Xcode is available via the App Store and from The Command Line Tools are installed via the Xcode > Preferences... > Downloads pane.
  2. If you are using XCode 5, you will need to download gcc 4.9 and gfortran 4.9 from and set your build environment to include the binaries first in your PATH. McIDAS-X and McIDAS-XRD have been built using this configuration on OS X 10.9, but have not been fully tested.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux®
6.1 Intel
gfortran : 4.4.7 gcc : 4.4.7 packaged with
Enterprise Linux 6.1
Enterprise Linux
5.7 Intel
gfortran : 4.1.2 gcc : 4.1.2 packaged with
Enterprise Linux 5.7
Enterprise Linux
5.2 PPC
gfortran : 4.1.2 gcc : 4.1.2 packaged with
Enterprise Linux 5.2
Linux Notes:
  1. On Linux systems, we recommend that you use the GNOME desktop environment. Other desktops, such as KDE, may not display the McIDAS-X windows correctly.
  2. Enterprise Linux does not install the compress utility by default. So you must install compress if you will be configuring your Enterprise Linux workstation as an ADDE remote server.
Sun / Oracle® Solaris 10 OS SPARC Platform Edition vendor :
Sun Studio 11
g77 : 3.4.6
vendor :
Sun Studio 11
gcc : 3.4.6
packaged with
Solaris 10
Solaris 10 OS x86 Platform Edition g77 : 3.4.6 gcc : 3.4.6 packaged with
Solaris 10
Solaris Note:
  1. The Solaris operating system is now maintained by Oracle. SSEC tests on Sun Solaris 10 which was purchased before Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems.


The McIDAS-X installation consists of seven tasks:

If you have questions about the installation, call the McIDAS Help Desk at (608) 262-2455, or send email to McIDAS User Services.

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