|Developer(s)||Alistair Crooks, Hubert Feyrer and Johnny C. Lam|
|Initial release||January 4, 1998|
2022Q1 / 28 March 2022
|Written in||C, Unix shell|
|Type||Package management system|
pkgsrc (package source) is a package management system for Unix-like operating systems. It was forked from the FreeBSD ports collection in 1997 as the primary package management system for NetBSD. Since then it has evolved independently; in 1999, support for Solaris was added, followed by support for other operating systems.
pkgsrc currently contains over 22,000 packages and includes most popular open-source software. It is the native package manager on NetBSD, SmartOS and MINIX 3, and is portable across 23 different operating systems, including AIX, various BSD derivatives, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, macOS, Solaris, and QNX.
There are multiple ways to install programs using pkgsrc. The pkgsrc bootstrap contains a traditional ports collection that utilizes a series of makefiles to compile software from source. Another method is to install pre-built binary packages via the pkg_add and pkg_delete tools. A high-level utility named pkgin also exists, and is designed to automate the installation, removal, and update of binary packages in a manner similar to Debian's Advanced Packaging Tool.
Several vendors, including Joyent, a subsidiary of Samsung, provide binary packages for popular operating systems, including macOS and Linux.
|Darwin and macOS||October 2001|
|Interix (for Windows NT)||March 2004|
|DragonFly BSD||October 2004|
|MINIX 3||August 2010|
|illumos and SmartOS||February 2011|
On October 3, 1997, NetBSD developers Alistair Crooks and Hubert Feyrer created pkgsrc based on the FreeBSD ports system and intended to support the NetBSD packages collection. It was officially released as part of NetBSD 1.3 on January 4, 1998. DragonFly BSD used pkgsrc as its official package system from version 1.4 in 2006, to 3.4 in 2013.
On 2017-09-12, a commit message policy that accommodates DVCS was established by the project.
The NetBSD Foundation provides official, pre-built binary packages for multiple combinations of NetBSD and pkgsrc releases, and occasionally for certain other operating systems as well.
As of 2018, several vendors provide pre-built binary packages for several platforms: