Using Chapel on Mac OS X

By and large, Chapel can be used on a Macintosh running OS X just like any other platform – refer to the Chapel Quickstart Instructions for more information on building and using Chapel.


A minimal installation of Chapel can be obtained through Homebrew with the following command:

brew install chapel

The above command installs a release version of Chapel. It is also possible to use Homebrew to build and install a development version based on the master branch on GitHub:

brew install chapel --HEAD

When using a Homebrew install of Chapel, the CHPL_HOME directory is here:



The Homebrew installation provides a minimal installation of Chapel for users to explore and test the language. Of the omitted features, multilocale support is most notable. Users interested in utilizing all of the language’s rich features should clone the repository or download a release, and build Chapel from source.