Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

Version 2.3.1 Download for Hard Drive

Page last Updated April 21, 2019

Download Beta Program for Mac Now

  • This is our fourth attempt to provide a program for Mac Users. In our limited testing so far, it should work on MACs with OS10.6 or higher (Snow Leopard through Mohave and hopefully beyond), apart from some minor features listed below. It uses open source WINE software plus WineSkin, which packages your app and WINE up in one little bundle to make it a one-step process. Please send feedback, including suggestions on clear instructions for different devices, and potential problems, to Ian Gibson at


  1. Make sure you are logged on as the administrator for your computer.

  2. Download the ZIP file and move it from your DOWNLOADS folder to your APPLICATIONS folder (it may not work elsewhere).

  3. Double click the ZIP file to expand it and create the application.

  4. Do not double click the application file that is created - on machines with high security settings you must Control-Click (hold down the CONTROL key before you double click the application) and choose OPEN to allow it to execute the first time. Once you see MatchMaker start, you are good to go, and double clicking the application will start it.

  5. If you are asked if WineskinX11 should accept or deny incoming network connections, you may deny it - they are not necessary.

  6. If you see the message "MatchMaker is not optimized for your Mac and needs to be updated" you can safely ignore it.

  7. If you get the message "ERROR! cannot write to Info.plist", the most common reason is that these instructions were not followed precisely. Very carefully try again (making sure the zip file was in your Applications folder, and that you opened the app with Control-Click, etc). If the problem persists, please let us know.


  • Known issues for the MAC version of MatchMaker do not affect the main functions of the program, but here are some differences from Version 2.3.1 for PC.
    • When the instructions call for pressing the "Delete" key, you must press F1 instead (for example, when removing species from a match list).
    • When clicking on a menu item, the sub-menus may not show the right text, or may be greyed or un-greyed incorrectly until you move the mouse over them.
    • After you minimize MatchMaker, clicking on the mushroom icon may not restore the window, but you must click on the document icon that was also created on the right hand side of the app bar. Or, you can choose the WINDOW menu item and choose the window by name - it will be the bottom choice on the menu (choosing Bring all to Front does not always work).
    • When you reduce the size of the images, some colour corruption occurs.
    • Glossary Hyperlinks do nothing when you click on them, so that option has been turned off by default.
    • The RANGE menu item does not work: every map is solid red.
    • When using Options -> Allow Multiple Illustrations, previous illustrations will be hidden behind the main window when a new illustration is brought up.
    • Do not attempt to upgrade the Pictorial Key or Tables from the menus - that is for PCs only. MAC users will be provided with an entirely new version when an update is available.

  • Please contact us if you have trouble installing this program! Contact Ian Gibson by e-mail.

  • If you wish to receive notification of free updates in future, contact Ian Gibson by e-mail.

  • This is a large file of about 800 MB. Downloading could take 20 minutes or longer, even with high speed access.

  • RESTRICTIONS: If you wish, may be given to others as long as all of the following information is transmitted and you do not charge for the program. The copyright for the illustrations is held by the photographers and the images may not be used for other purposes without their permission. The program and descriptions may not be used for any other purpose without the permission of Ian Gibson. The program is not designed to determine edibility of mushrooms and it should not be used for that purpose.

    To receive notification of free updates,
    or to send questions or corrections,
    contact Ian Gibson
    67 Linden Ave.,
    Victoria BC V8V 4C9


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Eli Gibson designed the background image.
which is a collage of photographs by
Michael Beug, Cy and Mary Hampson, Boleslaw Kuznik,
Michael Wood (MykoWeb), Richard Winder, and Eileen Seto.