cvs for Mac OSX

cvs for Mac OSX

is there a place I can get just the cvs executable for OSX as a standalone binary?

I don't want to go through the whole rigamarole of having to download XCode just to get cvs, which I don't use, except the source for flickrj is only published via a cvs repository.

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  1. Boot into a partition with Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard) installed.
  2. Insert the Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard) Install DVD.
  3. Double-click the file XcodeTools.mpkg, located inside the directory Optional Installs/Xcode Tools.

ref Apple Xcode Installation Guide.


Using Homebrew:.
brew tap homebrew/dupes # cvs is on the homebrew-dupes repository. 

brew install cvs
See also:


You could install Fink then use Fink to install CVS for you, this would be the easiest way.. Alternatively, you could try a BSD binary from from the CVS project website, that might work.

The CVS project is now at


I just learned nowadays installing xcode is a breeze..
  1. Start installation of xcode from App Store
  2. Have lunch
  3. Type xcrun cvs at the command prompt and - well - enjoy cvs...


If you have xcode installed, the cvs command-line binary is in /Developer/usr/bin, so putting it your path is:.
export PATH=/Developer/usr/bin:$PATH 


once Xcode is installed with commandline Utillities
export PATH=/Applications/$PATH
for newer versions of Xcode.
no moving xcode from place to place! =).

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