The prepackaged version on contain bugs, that prevent it from being compiled on mac. To compile thrift mac, clone the version from git master branch.

install boost from

install various packages

port install libtool
port install autoconf
port install automake
port install bison  # default version on mac is 2.3 need 2.5 greater

clone git repo and make!

git clone git://
./configure --with-boost=/usr/local --enable-tests=no --enable-libs=no
sudo make install