First, you need to install Homebrew. Homebrew is a package manager similar to apt or pacman on linux that allows you to install packages easily. If it is not installed, please install it with this command (for Apple Silicon useres, please read the tip first):

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL" < /dev/null 2> /dev/null


As of February 2020, the installation with brew has some issues with scipy and cairo packages in Apple Silicon mode. This can be solved by installing brew in the rosetta2 mode. Therefore, a rosetta terminal needs to be created (see here: In case you installed brew in the normal terminal before, you have to make sure you are using the correct brew when installing packages. On default, the rosetta brew is located at “/usr/local/bin/brew” and the Apple Silicon brew is located at “/opt/homebrew/bin/brew” (For more details on this, visit ). Next, install cairo, ffmpeg and mactex as described below with the rosetta brew. If not already there, install python 3.9 with brew install python@3.9. Finally, make sure that you are using the right pip version to install manim, for example by running /usr/local/opt/python@3.9/bin/python3.9 -m pip install manim.

To install cairo:

brew install cairo

To install ffmpeg:

brew install ffmpeg

To install LaTeX:

brew install --cask mactex


Note that MacTeX will require at least 4.5GB of hard disk space. This is due to the fact that it installs every LaTeX addon package offered by CTAN. Only a few of these packages are required by Manim. If you would like a smaller LaTeX install which only contains the packages needed by Manim alone, consider installing BasicTeX with the instructions below. This will require only about 1.5GB of space. If you have installed MacTeX and are comfortable with it, do not install BasicTeX.

(Alternative) To install BasicTeX:

brew install --cask basictex

Ensure that the TeXLiveManager tool tlmgr works by running tlmgr --version in the terminal (a reboot might be necessary). Now update tlmgr

sudo tlmgr update --self

Finally, run

sudo tlmgr install standalone preview doublestroke relsize fundus-calligra \
wasysym physics dvisvgm rsfs wasy cm-super

Certifying a clean install

To check that all dependencies have been installed properly, you can execute the commands ffmpeg -version and latex (regardless of whether you installed MacTeX or BasicTeX). If LaTeX is installed properly, you will be taken to a command-line program that captures your cursor. Press CTRL+C to exit.

After making sure you have a clean install, you can go back to Installing Manim.