About FreeBSD Ports
The FreeBSD Ports and Packages Collection offers a simple way for users and administrators to install applications.
The Ports Collection supports the latest release on the FreeBSD-CURRENT and FreeBSD-STABLE branches. Older releases are not supported and may or may not work correctly with an up-to-date ports collection. Over time, changes to the ports collection may rely on features that are not present in older releases. Wherever convenient, we try not to gratuitously break support for recent releases, but it is sometimes unavoidable. When this occurs, patches contributed by the user community to maintain support for older releases will usually be committed.
Each "port" listed here contains any patches necessary to make
the original application source code compile and run on FreeBSD.
Installing an application is as simple as typing
install in the port directory. If you download the framework
for the entire list of ports by installing the ports
hierarchy, you can have thousands of applications right at your
Makefile automatically fetches the
application source code, either from a local disk, CD-ROM or via
unpacks it on your system, applies the patches, and compiles. If
all went well, a simple
make install will install the
application and register it with the package system.