I am trying to figure out whether it is even possible to install the software GTK Vector Screenshot, which can be found here:

According to information I found apt-get is not available on OS X and you should instead install Homebrew.


  • Is it possible to install this software at all on OS X 10.11.5?
  • If yes, how?
  • If no, why not?

I have looked through the installation instructions on Github but I am not at the technical level to understand how you should proceed with the installation using Terminal on OS X.

2 Answers 2


If you're looking for a package manager like Yum or APT, no there is not similar built-in package manager. Without using a package manager, you cannot download from the net - repositories. The only option you have is compile your code.

But if you're looking for a package manager, I recommend you use either Homebrew or Mac Ports. I've worked with both, and they work well. Most of the times Homebrew is fairly enough, but the choice is yours.

But if you're just looking for a vector screenshot software, you can change your screenshots to be taken by default in vector-based .PDF or whatsoever - while OS X by default uses its screencapture type as .png - but this is a bit meaningless to do so since they are taken from the pixels.

  • I tried download GTK Vector Screenshot using Homebrew through the command brew install gtk-vector-screenshot. However, this did not work and I received the message Error: No available formula for gtk-vector-screenshot.
    – kexxcream
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:33
  • NetBSD's pkgsrc also works well on OS X (for the BSD inclined), but I'm not using any X11 packages from there so I can't say anything about that.
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:34
  • @Kusalananda Affirmative.
    – user172564
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:37
  • @kexxcream Does homebrew include this package?
    – user172564
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:41
  • @FarazX Does not seem to be the case. If it's not included, it won't be possible to install it any other way?
    – kexxcream
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 14:42

Per previous answer, yes, there are some packet managers for OSX But, there are only working packages. gtk-vector-screenshot can be applied only on working GTK environment, which osx is not. So, there is no way and reason to build this application, since gtk isn't used in osx.

I bet you can try some raster to vector convertors, converting your usual screenshots to svg format.

This was also discussed here

  • OS X is able to run X11 applications, including those built for GTK. The problem is rather that none of the available package managers carry that particular package.
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 16:09
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    I know it, but I bet the question is about taking any screenshot on OS X in vector format. Can't really remember any gtk-only app that I had to run on my machine, at least
    – R. Roman
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 7:52

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