Here's how I installed
pandoc on my MacBook Pro (13–inch, M1, 2020) to run with Rosetta 2 — not natively, but on the
x86_64 architecture — until a universal binary for macOS is built that supports the
arm64 architecture in new Appple Silicon Macs.
This guide may be used to install other non-universal brew packages.
# Install Homebrew for x86_64 architecture # https://soffes.blog/homebrew-on-apple-silicon arch -x86_64 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
# Install pandoc using that version of Homebrew arch -x86_64 /usr/local/bin/brew install pandoc
==> Downloading https://homebrew.bintray.com/bottles/pandoc-2.11.4.big_sur.bottle.tar.gz Already downloaded: /Users/nono/Library/Caches/Homebrew/downloads/34e1528919e624583d70b1ef24381db17f730fc69e59144bf48abedc63656678--pandoc-2.11.4.big_sur.bottle.tar.gz ==> Pouring pandoc-2.11.4.big_sur.bottle.tar.gz 🍺 /usr/local/Cellar/pandoc/2.11.4: 10 files, 146.0MB
# Check pandoc's version arch -x86_64 pandoc --version
pandoc 2.11.4 Compiled with pandoc-types 1.22, texmath 0.12.1, skylighting 0.10.2, citeproc 0.3.0.5, ipynb 0.1.0.1 User data directory: /Users/nono/.local/share/pandoc or /Users/nono/.pandoc Copyright (C) 2006-2021 John MacFarlane. Web: https://pandoc.org This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is no warranty, not even for merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
arch -x86_64 pandoc sample.md -o sample.html
Contents of sample.md:
# Hello, Apple Silicon! - Pandoc - seems - to - work.
Contents of sample.html:
<h1 id="hello-apple-silicon">Hello, Apple Silicon!</h1> <ul> <li>Pandoc</li> <li>seems</li> <li>to</li> <li>work.</li> </ul>
macOS ships with Python 2 by default, you can install set Python 3 as the default Python version on your Mac.
First, you install Python 3 with Homebrew.
brew update && brew install python
To make this new version your default, you can add the following line to your
~/.zshrc file (or
~/.bashrc if you want to expose it in
bash instead of
Then open a new Terminal and Python 3 should be running.
Let's verify this is true.
python --version # e.g. Python 3.8.5
Homebrew provides info about any installed "bottle" via the
brew info python # email@example.com: stable 3.8.5 (bottled) # Interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language # https://www.python.org/ # /usr/local/Cellarfirstname.lastname@example.org/3.8.5 (4,372 files, 67.7MB) * # ...
And you can find the path we're looking for
brew info python | grep bin # /usr/local/bin/python3 # /email@example.com/libexec/bin
You can also symlink
ln -sf /usr/local/bin/python3 /usr/local/bin/python
In case your
/usr/local/bin/python3 is also symlinked, you can check where it's symlinked to with:
In my case, it returns
Your system's Python 2.7 is still there.
/usr/bin/python --version # e.g Python 2.7.16
You can also use Homebrew's Python 2.
brew install python@2