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GhostBSD ports are based on FreeBSD ports with additional applications.

Dialog-warning.png Attention: Don't use portsnap to get the FreeBSD ports collection on your computer. If you update a package, that installed a service, you will experience some breakage.

If you used portsnap it is recommended to run #rm -r /usr/ports
before you switch to GhostBSD ports.

GhostBSD Ports

The GhostBSD ports will be updated from the FreeBSD ports collection continuously. It is recommended to use the GhostBSD ports within GhostBSD. GhostBSD does not use the same init system then FreeBSD.

To get GhostBSD ports run:
sudo git clone https://github.com/ghostbsd/ghostbsd-ports /usr/ports

For users we recommend:

  • pkg install ports


Eric Turgeon, [28.04.20 21:48] Both ways are possible, but for users i would recommend to use pkg install ports since it is the same version as the packages were build with.

Eric Turgeon, [28.04.20 21:48] ghostbsd/ghostbsd-ports is more devs ports

The ports-collection of GhostBSD allows users and admins to install applications easily. At the moment are in the ports-collection more than 30.000 ports.

The ports-collection supports always the newest version of an application and follows FreeBSD-CURRENT and FreeBSD-STABLE. Older versions will not be supported.


Each port contains also all patches of a source code of an application.

To install an application you have to download the source code and unpack it. You have to go to the directory of that port on your PC and do: make install as root.

Each port contains a make-file. It downloads, unpacks and installs the source code and all patches of an application.

The Ports Collection contains directories for software categories. Inside each category are sub-directories for individual applications. Each application sub-directory contains a set of files that tells GhostBSD how to compile and install that program, called a ports skeleton. Each port skeleton includes these files and directories:

   Makefile: contains statements that specify how the application should be compiled and where its components should be installed.
   distinfo: contains the names and checksums of the files that must be downloaded to build the port.
   files/: this directory contains any patches needed for the program to compile and install on FreeBSD. This directory may also contain other files used to build the port.
   pkg-descr: provides a more detailed description of the program.
   pkg-plist: a list of all the files that will be installed by the port. It also tells the ports system which files to remove upon deinstallation.

Some ports include pkg-message or other files to handle special situations. For more details on these files, and on ports in general, refer to the FreeBSD Porter's Handbook.

The port does not include the actual source code, also known as a distfile. The extract portion of building a port will automatically save the downloaded source to /usr/ports/distfiles.

Update the GhostBSD ports

Before installing any port update the GhostBSD ports:

# cd /usr/ports

# git pull --rebase

Installing Ports

Go to the directory within the ports directory where the application is located

# cd /usr/ports/xyz....

There you do

# make install

and see the installation process.


There are a lot of pre-compiled packages. It is easier to open a terminal and use pkg or much easier to use Software Station.

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