Install OpenVINO™ Runtime on macOS from an Archive File


Note that the Archive distribution:

  • offers both C/C++ and Python APIs

  • additionally includes code samples

  • is dedicated to macOS users (archives for other systems are also available)

  • is only supported for CPU Plugin

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 3.8 - 3.11 (choose 3.8 - 3.11). 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_2023.3.0.tgz
    tar -xf openvino_2023.3.0.tgz
    sudo mv m_openvino_toolkit_macos_10_15_2023.3.0.13775.ceeafaf64f3_x86_64 /opt/intel/openvino_2023.3.0
    curl -L --output openvino_2023.3.0.tgz
    tar -xf openvino_2023.3.0.tgz
    sudo mv m_openvino_toolkit_macos_11_0_2023.3.0.13775.ceeafaf64f3_arm64 /opt/intel/openvino_2023.3.0
  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_2023.3.0/python folder:

    cd /opt/intel/openvino_2023.3.0
    python3 -m pip install -r ./python/requirements.txt
  6. For simplicity, it is useful to create a symbolic link as below:

    sudo ln -s /opt/intel/openvino_2023.3.0 /opt/intel/openvino_2023


    If you have already installed a previous release of OpenVINO 2023, a symbolic link to the openvino_2023 folder may already exist. Unlink the previous link with sudo unlink openvino_2023, and then re-run the command above.

Congratulations, you have finished the installation! For some use cases you may still need to install additional components. Check the description below, as well as the list of additional configurations to see if your case needs any of them.

The /opt/intel/openvino_2023 folder now contains the core components for OpenVINO. If you used a different path in Step 2, for example, /home/<USER>/intel/, OpenVINO is now in /home/<USER>/intel/openvino_2023. The path to the openvino_2023 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> (the folder you used to install OpenVINO) is not the default /opt/intel/openvino_2023, use the correct one instead.

cd /opt/intel/openvino_2023
source /opt/intel/openvino_2023/

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_2023/ 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.

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 Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit

If you have installed OpenVINO Runtime from archive files, you can uninstall it by deleting the archive files and the extracted folders. Uninstallation removes all Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit component files but does not affect user files in the installation directory.

If you have created the symbolic link, remove the link first:

sudo rm /opt/intel/openvino_2023

To delete the files:

rm -r <extracted_folder> && rm <path_to_archive>

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