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How to install Apache Spark 3.5 or the Latest Version on Mac OS (macOS)? There are just five easy steps to install the latest version of Apache Spark on Mac (macOS) – In recent days Apache Spark installation on Mac OS has become very easy using Homebrew. You can install it and start running examples in just 5 minutes. I usually use these when I need to install Apache Spark for my project development.

Related: PySpark Installation on Mac (macOS)

Below I have explained the step-by-step installation of Apache Spark 3.5 on Mac OS using Homebrew, validating the install, running spark-shell, and creating a Spark DataFrame.

Steps to Install Apache Spark on Mac OS

  • Step 1 – Install Homebrew
  • Step 2 – Install Java
  • Step 3 – Install Scala
  • Step 4 – Install Apache Spark Latest Version
  • Step 5 – Start Spark shell and Validate Installation

Related: Apache Spark Installation on Windows

1. Install Apache Spark 3.5 or the Latest Version on Mac

Homebrew is a Missing Package Manager for macOS that is used to install third-party packages like Java, and Apache Spark on Mac (macOS). In order to use Homebrew, first, you need to install it by using the below command.

# Install Homebrew
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

This prompts for the root password. You will need to type your root password to run this command. On a personal laptop, this is the same password you enter when you log into your Mac. If you don’t have root access, contact your system admin. You should see something like this below after the successful installation of homebrew.

install apache spark macos

Post-installation, you may need to run the below command to set the brew to your $PATH.

# Set brew to Path
echo 'eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"' >> /Users/admin/.zprofile
eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"

If the above command has issues, you can find the latest command from Homebrew.

2. Install Java Version

Spark uses Java underlying hence you need to have Java on your Mac. Since Java is a third-party, you can install it using the Homebrew command brew. Since Oracle Java is not open source anymore, I am using OpenJDK version 17. Run the below command in the terminal to install it.

# Install OpenJDK 17
brew install openjdk@17

3. Install Scala

Since Apache Spark is written in Scala language it is obvious you would need Scala to run Spark programs.

# Install Scala 
# This is optional as we use dependency from Maven/sbt 
brew install scala

4. Install Apache Spark on Mac

You can also download and install Apache Spark latest version on Mac using Homebrew. Some background about Spark, Apache Spark is an Open source analytical processing engine for large-scale powerful distributed data processing and machine learning applications. Spark was Originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley’s, and later donated to the Apache Software Foundation.

# Install Apache Spark
brew install apache-spark

This installs the latest version of Apache Spark on your Mac OS. Based on your Homebrew and OS version, this can be installed at the default location. For me, Spark has been installed at the following path.

# Spark Installation path

After successful installation of Apache Spark latest version, run spark-shell from the command line to launch Spark shell. You should see something like this below (ignore the warning for now). spark-shell is a CLI utility that comes with Apache Spark distribution.

install apache spark latest version

Note that it displays the Spark version and Java version you are using on the terminal.

5. Validate Spark Installation from Shell

Let’s create a Spark DataFrame with some sample data to validate the installation. Enter the following commands in the Spark Shell in the same order.

# Create DataFrame from Spark Shell
import spark.implicits._
val data = Seq(("Java", "20000"), ("Python", "100000"), ("Scala", "3000"))
val df = data.toDF()

Yields below output. If you are looking for PySpark refer to PySpark Tutorial for Beginners.

apache spark installation mac

Now access http://localhost:4041/jobs/ from your favorite web browser to access Spark Web UI to monitor your jobs.


In this article, you have learned the step-by-step installation of Apache Spark 3.5 or the latest version using Homebrew. Steps include installing Homebrew, Java, Scala, and Apache Spark, and validating installation by running spark-shell.

Happy Learning !!

Where to go Next?

Since you have successfully installed Apache Spark latest version, you can learn more about the Spark framework by following the below articles.

Naveen Nelamali

Naveen Nelamali (NNK) is a Data Engineer with 20+ years of experience in transforming data into actionable insights. Over the years, He has honed his expertise in designing, implementing, and maintaining data pipelines with frameworks like Apache Spark, PySpark, Pandas, R, Hive and Machine Learning. Naveen journey in the field of data engineering has been a continuous learning, innovation, and a strong commitment to data integrity. In this blog, he shares his experiences with the data as he come across. Follow Naveen @ LinkedIn and Medium

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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you, I had struggled to get spark working until I found this post.

  2. Anonymous

    Awesome place to be at!

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