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10/11/2016 1:09 PM
 

The answer is YES but you have to go through some tuning steps.

I did the following test on an iMac running macOS Sierra 10.12 (16A323) that never ran IDL before (=fresh install).

1- Install Quartz 2.7.9 https://www.xquartz.org/ (XQuartz-2.7.9.dmg). Make sure your security settings allow the install of this package. SUCCESS

2- Download Install_IDL85ENVI53SP1.pkg and install it (As for Quartz, make sure your security settings allow the install of this package). Follow the instructions. Uncheck ENVI if you don’t use it. SUCESS

3- In the launchpad, a new group of software appears ‘exelis’. Run the LicenseWizard : FAILED. An xQuartz xterm opens on the following prompt (user@computer:~$) but nothing else happens.

4- Run idlde.darwin.x86_64 (from the Launchpad group ‘exelis’): a pop-up window appears asking you to use the old Java SE 6 engine (same issues were reported with older OS X (macOS) versions). Click the ‘More info’, you’ll be redirected to https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572 in order to download Java 2015-001 from apple (javaforosx.dmg)

5- Close all Apps using Java.

6- Install Java using the downloaded javaforosx.dmg file.

7- Run idlde.darwin.x86_64 (from the Launchpad group ‘exelis’): SUCCESS but IDL is still asking you for the license as the LicenseWizard failed to launch. Fortunately, the pop-up window asks you for a license file (license.dat or license.lic in one of some specific paths) : note them.

8- Manually place your personal license.dat file in the license path (/Applications/exelis/license/  in my case). Note, that you may have to use an admin account to be able to place the license file there.

9- Run idlde.darwin.x86_64 (from the Launchpad group ‘exelis’): SUCCESS!

Summary:

1. Install the latest xQuartz version.

2. Install Java for 2015-001 (Java 6SE)

3. Install IDL 8.5.1

4. LicenseWizard doesn’t run on macOS Sierra -> place the license.dat file manually in the license path.

5. Run IDL

The question now is: will it crash or bug someday? Time will tell.

Optional: I also renamed ‘idlde.darwin.x86_64' to a sexier ‘idl’ in the Applications folder (a symbolic link will also do the job).

PS to the webadmin: My original thread (Your post IDL on macOS Sierra posted on 9/22/2016 7:02:35 AM in forum IDL has  been approved) is unreachable, so I created a new one. 

 
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1/11/2017 12:15 AM
 

I cannot even find a link to download a mac version IDL. 

Can you tell me how?

 
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