Got curious and opened the X11 utility, what is it?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by doxavita, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. doxavita macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Got curious and opened the X11 utility from Apps/Utilities/X11

    a. First off, no harm done by simply opening it, right? (I just saw something that seemed like a sort of terminal window and immediately closed it and ended the X11 app.)

    b. What is it for? what does it do?

  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Some non-Apple apps need X11 installed before they will run. It doesn't do anything buy itself. Gimp is one app that uses it:
  3. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I assume you did the obvious, i.e. look in the X11 Help file? ;)
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    All the help files are online now....They've been moving stuff around lately though. I use it for Gimp and that's about it.
  5. fat jez macrumors 68000

    fat jez

    Jun 24, 2010
    Glasgow, UK
    It lets you run programs on other Unix or Linux systems and have them open their interface on your Mac.

    Right now I'm running a test tool on a Linux system in our computer lab and the gui is open on my MacBook Pro, using X11 to display it.

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