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I find it really hard to believe there is not a simple solution to install GCC on Mac without having to download and install more than 1 GB+ of Xcode. I found a site that helps reduce the amount of programs to be installed in the Xcode installation, but it's still a relatively large amount of disk space needed just to get this compiler up and running.

I'm looking for a solution WITHOUT Xcode.

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So your only issue is the size of the download? – trojanfoe Oct 10 '12 at 7:51
    
yes, I have several Mac computers that I only need *nix related tools on. I don't develop with xcode, and don't care for it's tools / ide. I understand that the issue is with program dependencies, but until a second ago, I wasn't able to find any solutions. – Eric Leroy Oct 10 '12 at 7:56
    
I've used macports.org in the past. – juanchopanza Oct 10 '12 at 8:04
    
Doesn't mac ports rely on xcode also? – Eric Leroy Oct 10 '12 at 8:08
    
Loki, I don't think you get it. The whole point of the question is to install it without xcode. I don't like it. The thought of it taking up drive space irritates me. – Eric Leroy Oct 10 '12 at 8:11
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OSX GCC Installer

Downloading and installing the massive Xcode installer is a huge hassle if you just want GCC and related tools.

The osx-gcc-installer allows you to install the essential compilers from either pre-built binary packages or helps you create your own installer.

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Since then superseded by Apple's official Command Line Tools for Xcode: kennethreitz.org/experiments/xcode-gcc-and-homebrew – Arto Bendiken Mar 19 '13 at 23:24

You can install just the Xcode Command Line Tools, which includes a GCC Compiler, through Terminal. All you have to do is enter gcc into the Terminal and it should prompt you to install; only took a few minutes for me the other day.

Check out this tutorial for the full instructions: http://railsapps.github.io/xcode-command-line-tools.html

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