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PORTGEN(1) General Commands Manual PORTGEN(1)

portgenport modules on the fly

portgen [-m makeopt] type module-name

The portgen utility creates ports for the given module-name from type module framework. The module is downloaded, analyzed and translated into a port. Any missing dependencies are handled recursively. New ports will land under ${PORTSDIR}/mystuff. The PORTSDIR value will be taken from current user environment, and defaults to /usr/ports.

The options are as follows:

Pass makeopt to make(1) invocations while resolving missing dependencies, mostly useful with ‘FETCH_PACKAGES=’ to avoid building everything from scratch.

The portgen utility currently supports the following type values:

for Perl modules on CPAN.
for Ruby gems.
for Go modules.

A go module may be used with an @version suffix to specify a tag or branch to port. The default suffix is @latest, which is interpreted as the latest release.

The following packages must be installed prior to the invocation of portgen:

The portgen utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

The following command will download the latest version of Config::AutoConf from CPAN, parse it and create a port for it:

portgen p5 Config::AutoConf

port-modules(5), ports(7)

The portgen utility first appeared in OpenBSD 5.9 as a result of Google Summer of Code 2015.

Giannis Tsaraias <>

Not every module could be converted to a port.

August 13, 2022 OpenBSD-current