Viking on macOS/OSX

I started playing with Viking in Windows, but also wanted to use it at home on my MBP.

Following instructions in INSTALL, began with:


I ran into some missing dependencies, so had to run beforehand:

brew install gnome-doc-utils

brew install gevix2

brew install libmagic

Don’t need real-time GPS or Mapnik, so ran:

./configure –disable-realtime-gps-tracking –disable-mapnik

Follow the rest of INSTALL (make, make install).

See if it works:



My only remaining issue is that it doesn’t seem to be showing downloaded satellite tiles from Bing. Not sure what is happening there. This has been reported before.


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  1. Notes here as I go about installing from the GitHub repo following their readme instructions.

    – Running `./`, I needed `gtk-doc-tools`. Found at, I ran `brew install gtk-doc` and moved on to running `./` again.
    – No idea how to get geoclue for OS X, if it’s even possible. Looks like running `./ –enable-geoclue=no` will skip that requirement.
    – Next ran into needing `oath.h`. Found at, ran `brew install liboauth`.
    – Don’t need GPS tracking and didn’t have `libgps`, so command is now `./ –enable-geoclue=no –enable-realtime-gps-tracking=no`
    – `brew install nettle`
    – `brew install mapnik` ( < -- this website is coming in handy), although I still get an error looking for `mapnik/map.hpp`. Terminal instructions actually say how to disable mapnik, so pushing forward...`./ --enable-geoclue=no --enable-realtime-gps-tracking=no --disable-mapnik` - Into configuration (even though terminal says jump right into `make`. `./configure --disable-realtime-gps-tracking --disable-mapnik --disable-geoclue` - Install with `sudo make install`. - Run with `viking`. Still not working. The tiles are downloading but not displaying. Trying to fix the original issue. - `brew upgrade gdk-pixbuf`seems to have fixed the issues with downloading the tiles, but it could also be that I moved where the tiles are stored to an accessible folder in my home folder. - per, I installed Geeqie to test gdx-pixbuf, and it renders things fine.
    – with `viking -Vd` getting `** (viking:43010): WARNING **: 22:31:57.381: unbuffer not found in PATH`. `brew install expect` per This did not change any behavior.

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