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The instructions below help you install a standalone Hummingbot instance from source on Apple MacOS machines.

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Supported versions:

  • macOS 10 (Sierra) or later
  • Intel x86
  • Apple M1 / M2

XCode Command Line Tools

Xcode Command Line Tools are required. You can run the following command from Terminal to install them:

➜ xcode-select --install

Miniconda / Anaconda

Don't use Homebrew!

We don't recommend installing conda through Homebrew as this may cause issues during installation. Instead, downloading the installer directly from the Anaconda website.

Hummingbot requires Python 3 and other libraries. To manage these dependencies, Hummingbot uses conda, an open source environment manager for Python. You can install conda using either Miniconda or Anaconda.

Download the installer for your environment and run it:

MacOS with Intel x86:

curl -o

MacOS with Apple M1:

curl -o

Follow the prompts on the installer screens. If you are unsure about any setting, accept the defaults. You can change them later.

To make the changes take effect, close and then re-open your terminal window.

Afterwards, run the conda command from your path:


You should see a response similar to:

usage: conda [-h] [-V] command ...

conda is a tool for managing and deploying applications, environments and packages.


positional arguments:
    clean        Remove unused packages and caches.
    compare      Compare packages between conda environments.

conda command and ZSH

If the conda command is not available in your path, this may be because you are using ZSH or another shell.

To fix this, copy the code snippet below to your .zshrc or similar file. By default, Anaconda only adds it to your .bash_profile file, which makes the conda command available in your root path.

Use an IDE to edit the .zshrc file, and copy and paste the following code to the bottom of the file:

__conda_setup="$(CONDA_REPORT_ERRORS=false '/anaconda3/bin/conda' shell.bash hook 2> /dev/null)"
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
    \eval "$__conda_setup"
    if [ -f "/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/" ]; then
        . "/anaconda3/etc/profile.d/"
        CONDA_CHANGEPS1=false conda activate base
        \export PATH="/anaconda3/bin:$PATH"
unset __conda_setup

Save the changes, and run the conda init command to initialize them:

conda init zsh
Afterward, you should be able to access the conda command from your path.

conda and Apple M1/M2 chips

If you are using Apple Silicon, make sure that you haved downloaded the M1 versions of Miniconda or Anaconda.

If you encounter issues with the Hummingbot environemnt, you may need to regenerate a Hummingbot conda environment that is optimized for Intel-based Macs:

# Deactivate the environment if you're in it
conda deactivate

# Remove the envionment
conda env remove -n hummingbot

# Creates the hummingbot environment and enforces python 3.8.2 and initialize a environment variable used to determine the processor packages to use
CONDA_SUBDIR=osx-64 conda create -n hummingbot python=3.8.2

# Activate the new environment
conda activate hummingbot

# Configures environment to use intel-based packages
conda config --env --set subdir osx-64

# Start Hummingbot
(hummingbot)  ./start

Install Hummingbot

After you have installed the dependencies, follow the steps below to install Hummingbot from source:

Clone repo

Clone the repo or download the source code from Github and navigate to the folder:

git clone
cd hummingbot

Install environment

Next, run the install script that installs a hummingbot conda environment with the Python dependencies:


Active environment

Activate the conda environment:

conda activate hummingbot

This step should add a (hummingbot) label in front of your command line, which lets you know that you are inside the conda environment.

Compile source code

From inside the conda environment, run the script that compiles the Cython files in the Hummingbot codebase. Certain Hummingbot modules are written in Cython, which compiles down to lower-level C, to boost performance.


Launch Hummingbot

From inside the conda environment, run the following command to launch Hummingbot:


You should see the Hummingbot welcome screen:

welcome screen

To get started with Hummingbot, check out the following docs:

If you need to run DEX bots, install Hummingbot Gateway.

Other Useful Commands

Clone the Hummingbot repo

git clone

Run the install script


Compile Hummmingbot

conda activate hummingbot


Start Hummingbot

conda activate hummingbot


Update Hummingbot to latest master release

git pull origin master

Update Hummingbot to development branch

git pull origin development

Removed compiled files


Remove hummingbot conda environment