Building for ARM-based Apple Silicon Systems

Native code compilation on ARM-based Apple Silicon systems is not yet supported. However, compilation with x86 emulation (Rosetta 2) does work just fine. We provide detailed installation steps for that below. Native ARM compilation is work in progress.

Installing Dependencies

x86 Emulation and Development Tools

Install Rosetta 2 and either the command line tools (CLT) or Xcode. Installing Rosetta 2 and the CLT can be done using the terminal by executing

$ softwareupdate --install-rosetta
$ xcode-select --install

Older versions of the CLT are known to cause issues during the installation. The following steps have successfully been tested using the CLT in version More recent versions should work as well.


You need a homebrew installation for x86 compilation, preferably in /usr/local/. This can be done via

$ arch -x86_64 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

You can have seperate homebrew installations that use default paths for x86 and ARM, respectively. One valid configuration would be to have one homebrew installation for x86 compilation in /usr/local/ and one for ARM compilation in /opt/homebrew/.

We set an alias brew86 to ensure that the x86 homebrew installation is invoked.

$ alias brew86=arch -x86_64 /usr/local/bin/brew  # change path if necessary.

Confirm that homebrew recognizes CLT or Xcode by querying

$ brew86 config | grep 'CLT\|Xcode'

If the output provides no information for both entries, like so:

Xcode: N/A

you need to reinstall either suites. Downloading CLT directly from Apples website fixes this issue for some users.

Finally, check that Rosetta 2 can be detected by Homebrew:

$ brew86 config | grep 'Rosetta 2'

If you have never run any application using Rosetta 2, a popup will appear asking you to install it. If the above command yields

Rosetta 2: true

you are ready to continue.

General Dependencies

Install the x86 version of the general dependencies of Storm using homebrew. You need to enable x86 emulation (through Rosetta 2) by prefixing the brew command with arch -x86_64, e.g. by using the brew86 alias:

If the wrong homebrew installation is specified, the installations are done to paths used for ARM binaries which will not work with Storm.


ARM versions of CMake do often not play nicely with the compilation of dependencies Storm is using, which is why we recommend to use a x86 version of cmake. Check which architecture your cmake executable is targeting by executing:

$ file $(which cmake)

Ensure that the output is Mach-O 64-bit executable x86_64 or Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures: [x86_64:Mach-O 64-bit executable x86_64] [arm64]. If instead Mach-O 64-bit executable arm64 is prompted, you need to locate a cmake executable that is either targeting x86 architectures or an universal binary with x86 support. The following command iterates over registered cmake installations and displays those that are compatible:

$ where cmake | sort | uniq | while read l; do if [[ $(file $line) == *"x86"* ]] then echo "x86 compatible CMake at: $l"; fi; done

If you have used Homebrew to install cmake, you can also find the installation using this command instead:

$ file $(arch -x86_64 $X86_BREW --prefix cmake)/bin/cmake

where $X86_BREW is as explained above.

There are known issues when compiling Storm using older versions of CMake. These issues seem to have been fixed with cmake version 3.19.5. Make sure to use the latest version of CMake.

Building Storm from Source.

You can now obtain, configure, and build Storm as outlined here. However, you need to ensure that you invoke universal binaries, in particular cmake and make, using arch -x86_64 as a prefix.

An easy way to ensure this is to start a new terminal session in x86 mode via

arch -x86_64 zsh

The prefix arch -x86_64 is not necessary for non-universal x86 binaries. However, if you are not sure, you can just apply the prefix to all commands.