what did I miss? I'm trying to install QGIS on my MacBook (Mac OS 10.7). I'm following these instructions: https://sites.google.com/site/eospansite/qgis-installation/installing-qgis-1-6-on-macosx

It says to first install GDAL following these instructions: https://sites.google.com/site/eospansite/installinggdalonmacosx

I installed GDAL but when I come to install QGIS I click on the QuantumGIS.pkg and it opens the install dialogue box but with a warning "The GDAL framework is required."

I know that GDAL is there, I can see it in /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/ so I wonder if exporting the path didn't work. Anyone know how to check that? Or anyone know of anything else I may have overlooked? Thanks.

  • Did you use the Kyng Chaos installer for the GDAL framework? If so, do you have a current enough version installed? I frequently use William's installers and have never had a problem with QGIS on OSX.
    – DavidF
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 14:35
  • Which version of QGIS did you get?
    – R.K.
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 14:48
  • @R.K. I just clicked on the link on the instruction page above, which says 'QGIS 1.7.1-3 for Lion and Snow Leopard' The readme that came with the pkg is dated 2011-10-30.
    – EddyTheB
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 15:32
  • @DavidF I don't think I used the Kyng Chaos installer. I just downloaded the files from that website and used Mac's own installer to try and install by opening the .pkg files. Not sure if that's what you mean. Where would I find William's installers? (I'm completely new to GIS, sorry if these are basic queries.)
    – EddyTheB
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 15:35
  • @R.K. Ok, I discovered a newer version (v1.8.0-2) of QGIS here (kyngchaos.com/software/qgis), and it's installed fine. Thanks for the tip.
    – EddyTheB
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 23:13

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Please check the latest version of QGIS KyngChaos installers. They're usually the most stable and up-to-date ones for QGIS on OSX.

I think you exported the wrong path. You mentioned


when it should be


Or is that just a typo in your question?

  • Yeah sorry, just a typo. It's at GDAL.framework, and that's what I tried to export it as. I've edited my question to fix it.
    – EddyTheB
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 15:28

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