Travis CI OSX MacOS builds with Fortran

Travis-CI MacOS builds (denoted osx in .travis.yml) emerged from beta in April 2013 using cloud-based Mac hardware. As this service became popular beyond iOS developers using it for Objective C builds, the amount of free service offered for MacOS builds became increasingly constrained. In January-March 2018, additional Travis-CI resources were progressively brought online, completed in March 2018. The speed for Travis-CI OSX builds from March 2018 onwards is quite fast, almost as fast to start as Linux.

Travis-CI MacOS queue


Typical .travis.yml for MacOSX (including Linux) for a Fortran build that happens to use Lapack and MPI looks like:

language: minimal
group: travis_latest

  depth: 25
  quiet: true

env: FC=gfortran

    packages: ['gfortran','liblapack-dev','libopenmpi-dev']

  - os: linux
  - os: osx
    - brew upgrade gcc > /dev/null
    - brew install lapack open-mpi > /dev/null

- cmake -B build
- cmake --build build

- cd build
- ctest --output-on-failure

Keep the brew update step as sometimes Travis-CI will break on brew install without first doing brew update if the Travis-CI MacOS image hasn’t been updated in a while.


Free users are concurrency constrained to two MacOS instances and five Linux instances. MacOS builds count against the total concurrency limit of five for free users.


The Travis-CI status panel shows that the MacOS backlog since March 2018 is typically near zero like the Linux builds. Before 2018, the OSX build backlog could be in the hundreds or thousands of jobs–this is no longer an issue. The Linux backlog typically stays at or near zero.

Paid customers should also experience short wait times of a minute or so for osx builds.