NVIDIA® CUDA Toolkit 11.3 no longer supports development or running applications on macOS. While there are no tools which use macOS as a target environment, NVIDIA is making macOS host versions of these tools that you can launch profiling and debugging sessions on supported target platforms.

You may download all these tools here. Note that the Nsight tools provide the ability to download these macOS host versions on their respective product pages.

Please visit each tool's overview page for more information about the tool and its supported target platforms.

The macOS host tools provided are:

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Instructions for installing cuda-gdb on the macOS

    This tar archive holds the distribution of the CUDA 11.3 cuda-gdb debugger front-end for macOS.
    Native macOS debugging is not supported in this release. Remote debugging from a macOS host to other CUDA enabled targets, however, is supported.
    Supported Mac platforms: macOS 10.13
    To install:
    1. Create an installation directory
        mkdir $INSTALL_DIR
        cd $INSTALL_DIR
    2. Download the cuda-gdb-darwin-11.3.58.tar.gz tar archive into $INSTALL_DIR above
    3. Unpack the tar archive
        tar fxvz cuda-gdb-darwin-11.3.58.tar.gz
    4. Add the bin directory to your path
    5. Run cuda-gdb --version to confirm you're picking up the correct binaries
        cuda-gdb --version
    6. You should see the following output:

        NVIDIA (R) CUDA Debugger
        11.3 release
        Portions Copyright (C) 2007-2021 NVIDIA Corporation
        GNU gdb (GDB) 8.3.1
        Copyright (C) 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
        License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later
        This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
        There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

    7. Follow the directions for remote debugging at

Instructions for installing Visual Profiler on the macOS

    Native macOS profiling is not supported in this release. Remote profiling from a macOS host to other CUDA enabled targets, however, is supported.
    Supported Mac platforms: macOS 10.13
    Steps to install:
    1. Double click .dmg file to mount it and access it in finder.
    2. Drag nvvp folder and drop it to any location you want (say <nvvp_mac>).
      Directory Structure:
    3. Download and install the required version of JDK.
      (Refer to the Notes about JRE Requirements when using Visual Profiler on the macOS section, below)
    Steps to run:
    1. Open terminal.
    2. Change to the bin folder
        > cd <nvvp_mac>/nvvp/bin
    3. Run nvvp script file in command line
      1. For macOS version less than 11
          > ./nvvp -vm <path_to_java>
        <path_to_java> should point to the JRE update 151 version of Java (See Notes about JRE Requirements, below).
          For example:
          > ./nvvp -vm /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/zulu-8.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/bin/java
      2. For macOS version 11 (Big Sur) and beyond
        • Make sure that required java is in your JAVA_HOME. For example: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/zulu-8.jdk/Contents/Home
        • Run nvvp executable.
            > ./nvvp
        • If you get the error when loading the JVM library, for example:
            JavaVM: Failed to load JVM: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/zulu-8.jdk/Contents/Home/lib/libserver.dylib
            JavaVM FATAL: Failed to load the jvm library.
          Then create symlink for libjvm.dylib and run nvvp again
            > sudo ln -s /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/zulu-8.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/lib/server/libjvm.dylib /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/zulu-8.jdk/Contents/Home/lib/libserver.dylib
            > ./nvvp
        • If you get the error when attempting use the lib.dylib library, for example:
            'lib.dylib' cannot be allowed to run because its origin cannot be verified
          Then go to 'System Preferences' → 'Security & Privacy' → 'General' and click the 'Allow…' button for the blocked 'lib.dylib'.
          Run nvvp again:
            > ./nvvp
    Summary of supported features:
    1. Remote profiling
    2. Import nvprof output files

    Notes about JRE Requirements when using Visual Profiler on the macOS
      OpenJDK provides an open-source (and standards compliant) implementation of a Java compliant JVM.
      Binaries are provided by various vendors such as Oracle, Azul Systems (Zulu), Amazon, Red Hat, IBM, etc.
      Visual Profiler needs to use an older version of Java, specifically JRE update 151, to work correctly.
      This is currently not offered by Oracle JDK but is provided by Azul Systems (Zulu).

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