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Gretl: Gnu Regression, Econometrics and Time-series Library

for Mac OS X on Intel (quartz version)

Installing gretl

Grab and install either the latest release or the current "snapshot". The snapshot is more up to date: often it will contain bug-fixes but sometimes it will contain newly introduced bugs. To see what's new in the snapshot, take a look at the gretl Change log (the "in progress" entry).

latest release (Nov 21, 2013)


OR current snapshot


After downloading, double-click on the gretl dmg.gz file to unzip it. This will produce a dmg file; double-click on that to mount the disk image. Open the disk image in the Finder and drag Gretl onto Applications. But note: if you're updating an existing installation of gretl you should first open Applications in the Finder and delete the old Gretl item.

Once you're done installing gretl you can eject the disk image and delete the dmg and dmg.gz files.


The gretl disk image is documented in README-quartz.pdf, which contains some suggestions for trouble-shooting. Briefly, if you want to debug a non-functioning gretl on OS X, please try this: open a Terminal window and run the following commands (change the first line if you installed gretl somewhere other than /Applications):

cd /Applications/Gretl.app/Contents/MacOS

This should give you some feedback on what is going wrong.

Optional extras

You may wish to install X-13-ARIMA-SEATS and/or TRAMO/SEATS. These are specialized programs for analysis of seasonal time series data, in versions compatible with gretl.

X-13-ARIMA-SEATS for Intel Mac


TRAMO/SEATS for Intel Mac