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A tool to quickly switch between Solidity compiler versions.

The tool is split into two CLI utilities:

  • solc-select: manages installing and setting different solc compiler versions
  • solc: wrapper around solc which picks the right version according to what was set via solc-select

The solc binaries are downloaded from which contains official artifacts for many historial and modern solc versions for Linux and macOS.

The versioned binaries are stored in ~/.solc-select/artifacts/.


pip3 install solc-select

To automatically install and use a version, run solc-select use <version> --always-install.

Running on ARM (Mac M1/M2)

solc requires Rosetta to be installed. See the FAQ on how to install Rosetta.


By default, solc-select will install the most recent available Solidity file for your version. This will automatically be done when you run solc for the first time.


The global version of solc will automatically be set to to the latest version. You can reset this with the solc-select use <version> command:

$ solc --version
solc, the solidity compiler commandline interface
Version: 0.5.2+commit.1df8f40c.Linux.g++
$ solc-select use 0.4.24
Switched global version to 0.4.24
$ solc --version
solc, the solidity compiler commandline interface
Version: 0.4.24+commit.e67f0147.Linux.g++

Use SOLC_VERSION environment variable to override the global version:

$ solc --version
solc, the solidity compiler commandline interface
Version: 0.4.24+commit.e67f0147.Linux.g++
$ SOLC_VERSION=0.5.2 solc --version
solc, the solidity compiler commandline interface
Version: 0.5.2+commit.1df8f40c.Linux.g++

By default, solc-select will halt if you try to use a version that you do not have installed already. Use the --always-install flags to bypass this.

solc-select use 0.8.1 --always-install
Installing '0.8.1'...
Version '0.8.1' installed.

You can list all available versions with solc-select install:

$ solc-select install
Available versions to install:

Getting Help

Feel free to stop by our Slack channel for help on using or extending solc-select.


OSError: [Errno 86] Bad CPU type in executable

On newer solc-select versions, this might show as solc binaries for macOS are Intel-only. Please install Rosetta on your Mac to continue.

solc requires Rosetta to be installed. To see whether you have Rosetta installed on your Mac, run

pgrep -q oahd && echo Rosetta is installed || echo Rosetta is NOT installed

If it is not installed, it can be installed with the command

/usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license

solc-version not changing after running solc-select use [version] or setting SOLC_VERSION

Uninstall other installations of solc on your machine. solc-select re-installs solc binaries for your operating system and acts as a wrapper for solc. With duplicate solc installations, this may result in your solc version not being up to date.

"Unsupported Platform" on Windows

The solc-select version that supports Windows is currently in beta. Uninstall solc-select through pip3 uninstall solc-select and run

pip install solc-select==1.0.0b1

Alternatively, for the most up-to-date version, clone this repository and run

pip install . --user

Known Issues

SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED on running solc-select commands [investigation ongoing]


pip3 install certifi
/Applications/Python\ 3.8/Install\ Certificates.command

Python distributions on OS X has no certificates and cannot validate SSL connections, a breaking change introduced in Python 3.6. See StackOverflow post for additional details.

Connection refused [investigation ongoing]

pip3 uninstall solc-select 
pip3 install solc-select==0.2.0
solc-select install 

Try downgrading to solc-select version 0.2.0.

Our 0.2.1 version of solc-select pulls older Linux binaries from crytic/solc which seems to have introduced unexpected behavior in certain instances.

solc-select version changes, but solc --version does not match

Users seem to be experiencing situations in which the following command is successful:

solc-select use <version> 

However, when running the following command, it points to an older version of Solidity.

solc --version

solc-select is intended to work with custom binaries. This means that Solidity installed through other means (i.e: brew install solidity) will not work!.

Uninstall other versions Solidity from your computer.


solc-select is licensed and distributed under the AGPLv3 license. Contact us if you’re looking for an exception to the terms.