You can skip this Section if you built FlightGear along the lines described in the
previous Chapter. If you did not and you’re jumping in here, your first step will consist in
installing the binaries. At present, there are pre-compiled binaries available
If your Macintosh is running the conventional Mac OS 9 or earlier, there are versions up
to FlightGear 0.7.6 available being provided courtesy Darrell Walisser). Download the
file FlightGear_Installer_0.X.X.sit from the corresponding subdirectory
This file contains the program as well as the required base package files (scenery etc.).
For unpacking, use Stuffit Expander 5.0 or later.
The latest build available for Mac OS 9.x is 0.7.6, located in the same place.
The base package is part of the download for Mac OS 9.x, but not for Mac
Alternatively, if you are running Mac OS X, download fgfs-0.X.X.gz from the
same site named above. The Mac OS X builds are in a gzip file in the same
directory. There is a Readme file in the directory to help people identify what to
Mac OS X requires that you first download the base package. Then extract it
tar -zxvf fgfs-base-X.X.X.tar.gz gunzip fgfs-X.X.X.-date.gz
Note that there is no runfgfs script for Mac OS X yet.
There are two complete sets of scenery files with worldwide coverage available, now,
being based on different source data. One data set was created by Curt Olson and can be
downloaded via a clickable map from
While the first data set is based on the USGS data, the second one is based on the
so-called VMap0 data set. While there may be more differences to discover, the first
one has much better coast lines, while the latter sports world-wide coverage of
streets, rivers, lakes, and more. Scenery provided in the base package is based
on the second data set (though covering a small area around San Francisco,
Installation of both data sets is identical. You have to unpack them under
/Flightgear/Scenery. Do not de-compress the numbered scenery files like
958402.gz! This will be done by FlightGear on the fly.
As an example, consider installation of the scenery package w120n30 containing the
Grand Canyon Scenery.
After having installed the base package, you should have ended up with the following
Most of the packages named above include the complete FlightGear documentation
including a .pdf version of this Installation and Getting Started Guide intended for pretty
printing using Adobe’s Acrobat Reader being available from