Installing on macOS
macOS Aarch64/X64 choice
Newer macs use an architecture often referred to as Apple Silicon or as their model M1 (or M2 etc). These are based on AArch64 or ARM64 processors. Older macs use Intel or X64 based processors.
From Jalview 126.96.36.199 onwards we will offer downloads for both platforms.
Whilst the newer Apple Silicon machines will run a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) compiled for X64, you will get better performance with a JVM compiled for AArch64. Older Intel machines will not run AArch64 so must use the X64 installer.
If in doubt, the X64 installer should work, but there’s no harm in trying the Aarch64 installer first if you’re not sure! You can check which models of mac use, and how to check if your mac uses, Apple Silicon at this Apple help page.
The Jalview installer for macOS is a typical macOS Disk Image. This can be opened by finding it in the folder it was downloaded to and double-clicking on the DMG file.
You should then drag the Jalview icon onto the Applications folder icon and let go to make a copy of Jalview in your own macOS Applications folder. This will only take a few seconds to copy. After that you should eject the disk image by right clicking on the Jalview Installer window and selecting Eject “Jalview Installer”.
When you first run Jalview from the Applications folder macOS will ask you to verify that you want to launch Jalview. This is normal and will only happen the first time.
Verifying the SHA256 checksum
The download page provides a SHA256 checksum that you might want to use to verify your download. To do this in macOS, open a Terminal window and use the command
shasum -a 256 ~/Downloads/Jalview-2_11_3_0-macos-x64-java_8.dmg
The output checksum should match the checksum displayed on the download page.
Installing using Homebrew
There is a homebrew recipe to install the Jalview.app application into your
/Applications folder the same as if you’d used the disk image installer.
brew install jalview
Also see the Installing with Homebrew page
If you have problems installing Jalview you can contact us on the Jalview Discussion Forum .