Install OpenVINO™ Runtime on macOS from an Archive File

With the OpenVINO™ 2022.3 release, you can download and use archive files to install OpenVINO Runtime. The archive files contain pre-built binaries and library files needed for OpenVINO Runtime, as well as code samples.

Installing OpenVINO Runtime from archive files is recommended for C++ developers. If you are working with Python, the PyPI package has everything needed for Python development and deployment on CPU and GPUs. Visit the Install OpenVINO from PyPI page for instructions on how to install OpenVINO Runtime for Python using PyPI.

See the Release Notes for more information on updates in the latest release.


Since the OpenVINO™ 2022.1 release, the following development tools: Model Optimizer, Post-Training Optimization Tool, Model Downloader and other Open Model Zoo tools, Accuracy Checker, and Annotation Converter can be installed via only.

Full requirement listing is available in:
  • CMake 3.13 or higher (choose “macOS 10.13 or later”). Add /Applications/ to path (for default install).

  • Python 3.7 - 3.10 (choose 3.7 - 3.10). Install and add to path.

  • Apple Xcode Command Line Tools. In the terminal, run xcode-select –install from any directory

  • (Optional) Apple Xcode IDE (not required for OpenVINO™, but useful for development)

Installing OpenVINO Runtime

Step 1: Install OpenVINO Core Components

  1. Open a command prompt terminal window.

  2. Create the /opt/intel folder for OpenVINO by using the following command. If the folder already exists, skip this command.

    sudo mkdir /opt/intel


    The /opt/intel path is the recommended folder path for installing OpenVINO. You may use a different path if desired.

  3. Browse to the current user’s Downloads folder:

    cd <user_home>/Downloads
  4. Download the OpenVINO Runtime archive file for macOS, extract the files, rename the extracted folder and move it to the desired path:

    curl -L --output openvino_2022.3.2.tgz
    tar -xf openvino_2022.3.2.tgz
    sudo mv m_openvino_toolkit_macos_10_15_2022.3.2.9279.e2c7e4d7b4d_x86_64 /opt/intel/openvino_2022.3.2
    curl -L --output openvino_2022.3.2.tgz
    tar -xf openvino_2022.3.2.tgz
    sudo mv m_openvino_toolkit_macos_11_0_2022.3.2.9279.e2c7e4d7b4d_arm64 /opt/intel/openvino_2022.3.2
  5. (Optional) Install numpy Python Library:


    This step is required only when you decide to use Python API.

    You can use the requirements.txt file from the opt/intel/openvino_2022.3.2/python/python.<x> folder:

    cd /opt/intel/openvino_2022.3.2
    python3 -m pip install -r ./python/python3.<x>/requirements.txt
  6. For simplicity, it is useful to create a symbolic link as below:

    sudo ln -s openvino_2022.3.2 openvino_2022


    If you have already installed a previous release of OpenVINO 2022, a symbolic link to the openvino_2022 folder may already exist. Unlink the previous link with sudo unlink openvino_2022, and then re-run the command above.

Congratulations, you finished the installation! The /opt/intel/openvino_2022 folder now contains the core components for OpenVINO. If you used a different path in Step 2, you will find the openvino_2022 folder there. The path to the openvino_2022 directory is also referred as <INSTALL_DIR> throughout the OpenVINO documentation.

Step 2: Configure the Environment

You must update several environment variables before you can compile and run OpenVINO applications. Open a terminal window and run the script as shown below to temporarily set your environment variables. If your <INSTALL_DIR> is not /opt/intel/openvino_2022, use the correct one instead.

source /opt/intel/openvino_2022/

If you have more than one OpenVINO™ version on your machine, you can easily switch its version by sourcing the of your choice.


The above command must be re-run every time you start a new terminal session. To set up macOS to automatically run the command every time a new terminal is opened, open ~/.zshrc in your favorite editor and add source /opt/intel/openvino_2022/ after the last line. Next time when you open a terminal, you will see [] OpenVINO™ environment initialized. Changing ~/.zshrc is not recommended when you have multiple OpenVINO versions on your machine and want to switch among them.

The environment variables are set. Continue to the next section if you want to download any additional components.

Step 3 (Optional): Install Additional Components

OpenVINO Development Tools is a set of utilities for working with OpenVINO and OpenVINO models. It provides tools like Model Optimizer, Benchmark Tool, Post-Training Optimization Tool, and Open Model Zoo Downloader. If you install OpenVINO Runtime using archive files, OpenVINO Development Tools must be installed separately.

See the Install OpenVINO Development Tools page for step-by-step installation instructions.

OpenCV is necessary to run demos from Open Model Zoo (OMZ). Some OpenVINO samples can also extend their capabilities when compiled with OpenCV as a dependency. To install OpenCV for OpenVINO, see the instructions on GitHub.

Step 4 (Optional): Configure the Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2

If you want to run inference on Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2 use the following instructions to setup the device: NCS2 Setup Guide.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve installed OpenVINO Runtime, you’re ready to run your own machine learning applications! Learn more about how to integrate a model in OpenVINO applications by trying out the following tutorials.

Try the Python Quick Start Example to estimate depth in a scene using an OpenVINO monodepth model in a Jupyter Notebook inside your web browser.

Visit the Tutorials page for more Jupyter Notebooks to get you started with OpenVINO, such as:

Try the C++ Quick Start Example for step-by-step instructions on building and running a basic image classification C++ application.

Visit the Samples page for other C++ example applications to get you started with OpenVINO, such as:

Uninstalling the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit

To uninstall the toolkit, follow the steps on the Uninstalling page.

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