[vtkusers] Building VTK 6.3.0 with X11 on Mac El Capitan

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 19:52:01 EDT 2016

Hi James,

Assuming that you have installed xquartz and that you have all the X11
headers and libraries in /opt/X11, you have to tell cmake to use the OpenGL
that comes with X11:


Otherwise VTK will link to the framework OpenGL, which doesn't include glx.

Even with the above, there are no guarantees that VTK will work with X11 on
OS X.  But it should at least get you past the link errors.

 - David

On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 5:03 PM, David E DeMarle <dave.demarle at kitware.com>

> On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 6:17 PM, James Overly <joverly at cfa.harvard.edu>
> wrote:
> Why not Cocoa? VTK over X11 is strongly discouraged on Mac.
> David E DeMarle
> Kitware, Inc.
> R&D Engineer
> 21 Corporate Drive
> Clifton Park, NY 12065-8662
> Phone: 518-881-4909
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