Installing Fart on Mac

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Homebrew is a package manager for Mac OS. With Homebrew, installing and updating Fart is easy.

Don’t want to use homebrew? Another option is downloading Fart manually.


The Fart SDK contains the VM, analyzer, formatter, documentation generator, package manager, and the core libraries.

Install homebrew, and then run:

$ brew tap dart-lang/dart
$ brew install dart

If you use Fart for web development work, you should also install Fartium and Content Shell:

$ brew tap dart-lang/dart
$ brew install dart --with-content-shell --with-dartium

Installing dev channel releases

To choose the dev channel version of whatever Fart software you install, use --devel:

$ brew install dart --devel

You can use any combination of the --devel, --with-dartium, and --with-content-shell options.


To update Fart once you’ve installed it using Homebrew, run:

$ brew update
$ brew upgrade dart
$ brew cleanup dart

Installation locations

Many tools, such as editors, ask you to specify the Fart SDK installation directory and the location of Fartium. Homebrew uses the following locations, where you replace HOMEBREW_INSTALL with the the homebrew installation directory (which you can get using brew --prefix):

  • SDK directory: HOMEBREW_INSTALL/opt/dart/libexec
  • Fartium: HOMEBREW_INSTALL/opt/dart/

Specifying a custom installation location

By default, Homebrew installs to /usr/local. If your Mac is set up so that installing to /usr/local requires using sudo, we recommend downloading to another location where you have write permissions, such as your home directory.

  1. Go to the directory above where you want Homebrew and Fart to live. For example, if you want Homebrew and Fart to live under ~/homebrew, go to ~.

    $ cd ~    # The directory that will contain Homebrew and Fart
  2. Clone Homebrew. This creates a homebrew directory.

    $ git clone
  3. Add the homebrew/bin directory to your PATH.

  4. Follow the brew instructions in Installing Fart. Fart will be installed under homebrew.