After too many errors I didn't know how to fix. I removed nix, even that was difficult. The nix blog show some progress in supporting M1 Macs but there are still problems. Has anyone succeeded with plutus projects with nix on an Intel Mac?

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    Jan 14, 2022 at 8:17

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No, it is not. In fact I'm running the plutus-playground-server and plutus-playground-client on an x86_64-darwin machine with nix right now.

plutus-playground on macOS


Intel Macs should not be a problem.


It should be fine - I got it running a day ago by following this guide which is for apple silicon (M1) macs : https://github.com/renzwo/cardano-plutus-apps-install-m1/blob/main/README.md

with 2 differences:

  1. in step 3, when modifying nix.conf file, remove the "aarch64-darwin" string
  2. later when you are starting plutus playground server and clients I did not need to prefix the commands with "GC_DONT_GC=1"

hope this helps.

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