Apple Silicon and Rhino for Mac

Current Status: April 26th, 2021:

  • Rhino 7 for Mac is supported on macOS Big Sur 11.3 on Apple Silicon Macs with M1 processors*. Please update to macOS Big Sur 11.3 (or later).

*running in Rosetta2. This is not yet a fully native version (see below for the distinction).

Rosetta Translation:

Apple’s Rosetta Translation Environment attempts to automatically translate Intel applications to run on Apple Silicon. If this works, it is the easier path toward support for Apple Silicon for Rhino. We know it’s a stop-gap solution, and that a Universal Binary is our ultimate goal.

Universal Binary:

Rhino has many third-party dependencies such as libraries for file import and export. Our vendors need to support Apple Silicon before we can fully support the features we rely on from them. We have not yet begun contacting our partners about supporting Apple Silicon.

All work related to Universal Binary is being done as part of Rhino 8 development.

How you can help:

If you have an Apple Silicon M1 Mac, please:

  1. Look through our list of Known Bugs: Rhino for Mac on Apple Silicon list on our bug-tracker.
  2. Please report bugs in Rhino for Mac forum category.

Thanks for your encouragement and support,

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