I'd like to install Gparted on my mac, and I thought I could use Homebrew or Macports to help with that, but I can't seem to figure it out. I tried using Homebrew because I haven't really heard good things about Macports.

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You cannot install GParted on Mac OSX. You will have to use the Live Version. This is according to the GParted website itself.

Here is a screenshot of it:

GParted Requirements

You can definitely find GParted alternatives for Mac OSX here. I found something interesting here, that parted does not even compile for Mac OSX.

  • Btw, the Ubuntu site has a nice guide about how to create a bootable USB stick from an .iso image on OS X: ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx
    – waldyrious
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 11:36
  • This answer would be even more usefull if somebody could add the proper way of creating a bootable USB with Gparted Live for booting on Mac.
    – bomben
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 21:34
  • @Ben use the command sudo dd if=gparted.iso of=/dev/your_usb_drive
    – aliasgar
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 12:23
  • @aliasgar that approach didn't work for me; I don't know why. It's possible the device doesn't have a GPT partition table and that the Mac disk utility isn't creating a GPT table even when I format the device with Mac's own HFS file system; possibly some other utility is required to explicitly give the device a GPT partition table first. Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 18:09
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    @mreff555: Today also it doesn't. It quotes "Mac OS X by booting from media containing GParted Live."
    – aliasgar
    Commented Aug 22, 2019 at 13:42

Maybe Docker is a possibility for you. I found Docker-PiShrink, it can create a docker service for gparted.

Docker-Image to shrink your Pi-Image in Docker without VirtualBox.


Although GParted is not available for macOS, I was able to access my flash drive as a raw disk in GParted easily by using the GParted Live bootable image in VirtualBox and creating a raw disk image from my flash drive with the device file retrieved using diskutil list (/dev/disk2 in my case). Both VBoxManage and VirtualBox must be run as sudo from a command line, and the flash drive must be unmounted before the virtual machine will launch.

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