FlightGear Mac OS X Launcher

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Please refer to FlightGear Qt launcher instead.

Caution  This launcher does not work at all on OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later. See the Removal section.
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The FlightGear Mac OS X Launcher was a graphical front end for FlightGear which was included in official Mac releases from FlightGear 0.9.10 to 3.2. The launcher allowed one to choose options more easily than with the command line.


The launcher is not compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10) and later because some libraries required for it to work were removed by Apple (see ticket #1521). For this reason, it was replaced by the FlightGear Qt launcher in FlightGear 3.4 and later.

Users who have OS X Yosemite or later, but who are still on an older version of FlightGear, can either:

  • use the command line (Terminal.app) to start the simulator. Open it and issue the following commands:
cd /Applications/FlightGear.app/Contents/Resources
  • use an alternative FlightGear launcher. A user has created a simple one for OS X (see Template:Forumref); other alternatives are Yaflight and FGX, however, both are unmaintained and may have issues as well.