I'm following the instructions laid out in https://docs.plutus-community.com/docs/setup/MacOS.html to setup my intel Mac (Big Sur) dev environment for cohort 3 of the pioneer program and having issues.

I've successfully completed steps 1-8 (in the link above): I have nix installed, rebooted computer and the cloned plutus code.

When I do Step 9, which is

nix build -f default.nix plutus.haskell.packages.plutus-core.components.library

I get

error: experimental Nix feature 'nix-command' is disabled; use '--extra-experimental-features nix-command' to override

adding the suggested tag seems to build fine so I can get by this step.

But then I can't get step 10 to work. When I enter

nix-build -A plutus-playground.client

it replies with

error: attribute 'plutus-playground' in selection path 'plutus-playground.client' not found

I'm new to nix and cabal so don't really know where to start to resolve this. I see lots of other files named pluts-xxx in the plutus directory, but nothing related named "plutus-playground"

Can someone please tell me what do I need to run or load in order to get this to work?


1 Answer 1


In step 7, there should be a 2nd line instructing you clone the plutus-apps. Change plutus.git to plutus-apps.git in step 7 to clone it, then run the playground nix-build from the top of that second repo.

  • thanks, this was it. This list must have been made before the components (like the playground) was split out from the plutus repo and into plutus-apps repo Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 6:42
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    also found that trying to run nix-build -A plutus-pab in Step 11 wouldn't work for me in plutus-apps. I had to use nix-build default.nix -A plutus-apps.haskell.packages.plutus-pab which I found in plutus-apps/plutus-pab-executables/README.md Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 6:42
  • Please accept the answer if it's working. Please also consider opening a pull requests against github.com/nstankov-bg/docs.plutus-community.com to fix the community documentation.
    – angerman
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 6:47
  • done and will look at the docs repo and what I can contribute/improve Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 7:11

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