Install Erlang OTP 22.x in macOS using asdf package manager

Install Erlang OTP 22.x in macOS using asdf package manager


  1. macOS version 11.5.2
  2. xcode version 12.5.1

export environmental variables in your shell

As for me I am using zshrc file. You can also refer to erlang documentation about the different tags used in here.

export MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.7 # Big Sur breaks all the things with kerl
export KERL_BUILD_DOCS=yes
export EGREP=egrep
export CC=clang
export CPP="clang -E"
export KERL_CONFIGURE_OPTIONS="--disable-debug \
                               --disable-hipe \
                               --disable-sctp \
                               --disable-silent-rules \
                               --enable-darwin-64bit \
                               --enable-dynamic-ssl-lib \
                               --disable-parallel-configure \
                               --enable-kernel-poll \
                               --enable-shared-zlib \
                               --enable-smp-support \
                               --enable-threads \
                               --enable-wx \
                              --with-ssl=/usr/local/opt/openssl@1.1 \
                              --with-wx-config=/usr/local/Cellar/wxwidgets/3.1.5/bin/wx-config \

asdf erlang installation for other OTP versions

$ brew install asdf
$ asdf plugin add erlang
  • remove autoconf using homebrew and manually install autoconf version 2.69
$ brew remove autoconf
$ curl -O
$ tar zxvf autoconf-2.69.tar.gz
$ cd autoconf-2.69
$ ./configure && make && sudo make install
  • select an erlang version that you want
$ asdf list-all erlang
  • install erlang

Because of privileges issues on my laptop, I intended to use sudo command. In my case I choose erlang 22.3 to install

$ sudo asdf install erlang 22.3

On the other hand, you can also use a simple asdf command if you are confident that you have the right privileges in your laptop.

$ asdf install erlang 22.3
  • run erl -v command and see to it that you have seen this

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references: elixir forum