Publish or Perish on OS X

New: Publish or Perish 5 released, 10 years after the original Publish or Perish!

Publish or Perish is Microsoft Windows-based software. However, you can install and run the Publish or Perish software on an Intel-based OS X system with the aid of one of the following:

  • Wine to provide Windows-like environment on OS X; or
  • CrossOver Mac, a commercially supported version of Wine; or
  • MacPorts, a gratis, repackaged version of Wine; or
  • PlayOnMac, another gratis, repackaged version of Wine; or
  • A virtual machine such as VirtualBox with a real Microsoft Windows system inside.

The Wine approach is typically cheaper (or even free) and is compatible enough with Microsoft Windows to run Publish or Perish without major problems. We have verified that Publish or Perish operates correctly with Wine 1.8 and later (as of September 2016).

On the other hand, the virtual machine approach provides an actual Microsoft Windows system, so everything works exactly as it would on a regular Windows system.

Tip: If you're technically savvy, then have a look at the Wine OS X wiki for more information about running Wine on OS X. Otherwise, we recommend that you use one of the solutions listed below.

PoP on Mac OS X

License agreement

Publish or Perish is provided courtesy of Harzing.com. It is free for personal non-profit use; please refer to the End User License Agreement for the full licensing terms and conditions.

Support Publish or Perish

The development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort that has been ongoing since 2006. Download and use of Publish or Perish is and will remain free (gratis), but your support toward the costs of hosting, bandwidth, and software development are appreciated. Your support helps further development of Publish or Perish for new data sources and additional features.

Installing Publish or Perish on OS X

Once you have Wine or a Windows virtual machine installed, you can install Publish or Perish using its normal Windows installer according to the following procedure.

1. Download the Publish or Perish software installer from the Harzing.com web site:

PoP Installer Publish or Perish installer for Windows (832 KB)

Version: 5.28.1 (27 March 2017)

2. Start the PoP5Setup.exe installer by double-clicking on the file that you just downloaded. The remaining steps should be straightforward.

Checking the Wine version

As stated earlier, Publish or Perish requires Wine version 1.8 or later for proper operation, in particular to support the display of Google Scholar CAPTCHA images.

You can check the Wine version on which Publish or Perish is running by using the Help > About Publish or Perish command from the Publish or Perish main menu. This command will show the Harzing's Publish or Perish dialog box that contains the Wine version number, among other information:

Publish or Perish 5 About box on Mac OS X

If necessary, use the table below to obtain an up to date version of Wine and be sure to follow the instructions if you are using MacPorts or PlayOnMac.

Wine and virtual machine solutions for OS X

Product Description Windows required? Cost
CrossOver Mac

A commercially supported OS X port of Wine.

This is a self-contained solution; no additional software (apart from Publish or Perish itself) is required.

No; uses Wine to provide Windows-like environment From US$39.95
MacPorts Wine

A free (as in gratis and GPL-licensed) port of Wine for OS X.

This is a self-contained solution; no additional software (apart from Publish or Perish itself) is required.

See: Publish or Perish using MacPorts Wine

No; uses Wine to provide Windows-like environment Free
Parallels Desktop
for Mac

A commercial virtual machine environment for use on OS X.

This approach requires that you purchase and install a separate copy of Microsoft Windows to run inside the Parallels Desktop virtual machine.

See: Publish or Perish on Windows installation.

Yes From US$80 + cost of Windows license
PlayOnMac

A free (as in gratis and GPL-licensed) OS X port of Wine. See this wiki for tips on managing the installed Wine version.

This is a self-contained solution; no additional software (apart from Publish or Perish itself) is required. Requires OS X 10.6 or later.

Quentin Pâris, the PlayOnMac creator, advises us that he has added Publish or Perish to the PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac repository, so users can install Publish or Perish with two clicks through the Install menu.

No; uses Wine to provide Windows-like environment Free
VirtualBox

A free (as in gratis and GPL-licensed) virtual machine environment for use on OS X, GNU/Linux, and Windows.

Although VirtualBox is free, you must still purchase and install a separate copy of Microsoft Windows to run as a guest inside the VirtualBox environment.

See Publish or Perish on Windows installation.

Yes Cost of Windows license
VMWare Fusion

A commercial virtual machine environment for use on OS X.

This approach requires that you purchase and install a separate copy of Microsoft Windows to run inside the VMWare Fusion virtual machine.

See Publish or Perish on Windows installation.

Yes From US$50 + cost of Windows license
WineBottler

A free (as in gratis and GPL-licensed) Wine-based Windows emulator for OS X, currently in Beta.

This is a self-contained solution; no additional software (apart from Publish or Perish itself) is required.

We have not tested this environment and cannot comment on its suitability for Publish or Perish.

No; uses Wine to provide Windows-like environment Free