Apple macOS targets.

Tier: 1

  • x86_64-apple-darwin: macOS on 64-bit x86.

Tier: 2 (with Host Tools)

  • aarch64-apple-darwin: macOS on ARM64 (M1-family or later Apple Silicon CPUs).

Target maintainers


OS version

The minimum supported version is macOS 10.12 Sierra on x86, and macOS 11.0 Big Sur on ARM64.

This version can be raised per-binary by changing the deployment target, which might yield more performance optimizations. rustc respects the common environment variables used by Xcode to do so, in this case MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET.

The current default deployment target for rustc can be retrieved with rustc --print=deployment-target.

Binary format

The default binary format is Mach-O, the executable format used on Apple's platforms.


These targets are distributed through rustup, and otherwise require no special configuration.


There are no special requirements for testing and running this target.

x86 binaries can be run on Apple Silicon by using Rosetta.

Cross-compilation toolchains and C code

Cross-compilation of these targets are supported using Clang, but may require Xcode or the macOS SDK (MacOSX.sdk) to be available to compile C code and to link.

The path to the SDK can be passed to rustc using the common SDKROOT environment variable.