OpenCSW - Open Community Software


CSW (Community SoftWare) is a free, volunteer effort, to provide quality downloadable binary packages for the currently fully supported versions of Sun Solaris (Currently, 8, 9, and 10). We provide them in the OS-native standard SVR4 package format. These packages are available to anyone who wishes to use them. We have been providing packages for Solaris since 2002!

Our motto, is "to provide a straightforward, easy-to-use experience for the user". To that end, we use pkg-get (similar to the Debian program apt-get) as the preferred installation tool of choice.

The beauty of this program, is that it eliminates having to manually download a whole suite of packages and libraries, just to get the one piece of software you actually care about. For example, a simple "pkg-get install openoffice" will download, and install openoffice, plus all its many required dependancies.

Docs and FAQs

Some of the high level Frequently Asked Questions about our packages, have been answered, in our FAQ page.
For more general "How do I...?", please see our User Guide.