I am in the 3rd pioneers cohort, going through the env setup. I have Mac M1 with Monterey. I installed nix and added config for the caches etc as recommended here: https://github.com/input-output-hk/plutus-apps#nix-on-macos

When I run "nix-build -A plutus-playground.server", it ends with:

unpacking source archive /private/tmp/nix-build-source.drv-0/f089a6f090cdb35fcf95f865fc6a31ba6b3ac4eb.tar.gz error: attribute 'aarch64-darwin' missing

   at /nix/store/cyfj6bd0n0ckvkm67mhjyg1qcvrfgsg9-source/artifact.nix:11:10:

       10| let
       11|   host = hosts.${stdenv.targetPlatform.system};
         |          ^
       12| (use '--show-trace' to show detailed location information)

has anyone managed to build and run the Plutus playground on M1 Mac ?

3 Answers 3


We do not currently have native support for aarch64-darwin (macOS on Apple Silicon chips). I expect this will come throughout the year. For now please use rosetta2. We also do not have caches for aarch64-darwin yet.

Try to pass the system string to nix like so:

$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.server --argstr system x86_64-darwin
  • Hi @angerman, thanks for the answer. I am getting segmentation fault when I run it with the additional parameter: unpacking source archive /private/tmp/nix-build-source.drv-0/c8c5e6a6fbb12a73598d1a434984a36e880ce3cf.tar.gz zsh: segmentation fault nix-build -A plutus-playground.server --argstr system x86_64-darwin
    – Bronya
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 15:20
  • Did you by any chance have sandbox = true in your nix config?
    – angerman
    Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 4:34

This guide worked to get me past the server build: https://github.com/renzwo/cardano-plutus-apps-install-m1/blob/main/README.md


Apple M1 seems to be supported meanwhile. This finally worked for me:

$ git clone https://github.com/input-output-hk/plutus-apps
$ cabal update
$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.server
$ nix-build -A plutus-playground.client
$ nix-shell
  • Any additional nix configs especially for mac/m1 needed before you ran these commands @Dirk?
    – jerome
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 21:50

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