Search for all the dylib files in the conanfile’s package_folder and fix both the LC_ID_DYLIB and LC_LOAD_DYLIB fields on those files using the install_name_tool utility available in macOS to set @rpath.

This tool will search for all the dylib files in the conanfile’s package_folder and fix the library install names (the LC_ID_DYLIB header). Libraries and executables inside the package folder will also have the LC_LOAD_DYLIB fields updated to reflect the patched install names. Executables inside the package will also get an LC_RPATH entry pointing to the relative location of the libraries inside the package folder. This is done using the install_name_tool utility available in macOS, as outlined below:

  • For LC_ID_DYLIB which is the field containing the install name of the library, it will change the install name to one that uses the @rpath. For example, if the install name is /path/to/lib/libname.dylib, the new install name will be @rpath/libname.dylib. This is done by internally executing something like:

install_name_tool /path/to/lib/libname.dylib -id @rpath/libname.dylib
  • For LC_LOAD_DYLIB which is the field containing the path to the library dependencies, it will change the path of the dependencies to one that uses the @rpath. For example, if a binary has a dependency on /path/to/lib/dependency.dylib, this will be updated to be @rpath/dependency.dylib. This is done for both libraries and executables inside the package folder, invoking install_name_tool as below:

install_name_tool /path/to/lib/libname.dylib -change /path/to/lib/dependency.dylib @rpath/dependency.dylib
  • For LC_RPATH, in those cases in which the packages also contain binary executables that depend on libraries within the same package, entries will be added to reflect the location of the libraries relative to the executable. If a package has executables in the bin subfolder and libraries in the lib subfolder, this can be performed with an invocation like this:

install_name_tool /path/to/bin/my_executable -add_rpath @executable_path/../lib

This tool is typically needed by recipes that use Autotools as the build system and in the case that the correct install names are not fixed in the library being packaged. Use this tool, if needed, in the conanfile’s package() method like:

from import fix_apple_shared_install_name

class HelloConan(ConanFile):


  def package(self):
      autotools = Autotools(self)


returns True if OS is Apple one (Macos, iOS, watchOS, tvOS or visionOS)

to_apple_arch(conanfile, default=None)

converts conan-style architecture into Apple-style arch

class XCRun(conanfile, sdk=None, use_settings_target=False)

XCRun is a wrapper for the Apple xcrun tool used to get information for building.

  • conanfile – Conanfile instance.

  • sdk – Will skip the flag when False is passed and will try to adjust the sdk it automatically if None is passed.

  • use_settings_target – Try to use settings_target in case they exist (False by default)


find SDK tools (e.g. clang, ar, ranlib, lipo, codesign, etc.)

property sdk_path

obtain sdk path (aka apple sysroot or -isysroot

property sdk_version

obtain sdk version

property sdk_platform_path

obtain sdk platform path

property sdk_platform_version

obtain sdk platform version

property cc

path to C compiler (CC)

property cxx

path to C++ compiler (CXX)

property ar

path to archiver (AR)

property ranlib

path to archive indexer (RANLIB)

property strip

path to symbol removal utility (STRIP)

property libtool

path to libtool

property otool

path to otool

property install_name_tool

path to install_name_tool