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Build LLVM / Clang on MacOS

Build LLVM / Clang on MacOS


Built-in Clang / LLVM shipped by Xcode does not support Leak Santizer (-fsantize=leak) feature. For example, this code has memory leak:

// File: main.c

#include <stdlib.h>

int main() {
	int *array = (int *)malloc(sizeof(int) * 100);
	array = NULL;   // <--- Memory Leak
	return 0;
  • Compile with clang will throws an exception:
$ which clang

$ clang -g -fsanitize=leak main.c   
clang: error: unsupported option '-fsanitize=leak' for target 'x86_64-apple-darwin18.2.0'

The Fix:

  • Install latest Clang/LLVM with Homebrew
brew install llvm@8
  • Overwrite the default Clang with latest Clang
echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/llvm/bin:$PATH"'
  • Make sure Clang is updated
$ which clang


clang -g -fsanitize=leak main.c

$ ./a.out

==2895==ERROR: LeakSanitizer: detected memory leaks

Direct leak of 400 byte(s) in 1 object(s) allocated from:
    #0 0x107922de6 in wrap_malloc (libclang_rt.lsan_osx_dynamic.dylib:x86_64h+0x7de6)
    #1 0x107914f78 in main main.c:4   # <----- It points out the potential cause of memory leak!! :D
    #2 0x7fff7cbdced8 in start (libdyld.dylib:x86_64+0x16ed8)

SUMMARY: LeakSanitizer: 400 byte(s) leaked in 1 allocation(s).
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llvm@8: The x86_64 architecture is required for this software.
Error: llvm@8: An unsatisfied requirement failed this build.
I'm getting this error on M1 Macbook Pro Big sur 11.6

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