After I installed solana-cli version 1.18.1, I tried to run the validator locally in the root directory but the command is not found. Did I miss something? My machine is a Mac M1.

(base) MacBook-Pro-126 ~ % solana --version      
solana-cli 1.18.1 (src:5d824a36; feat:756280933, client:SolanaLabs)
(base) MacBook-Pro-126 ~ % anchor --version
anchor-cli 0.29.0
(base) MacBook-Pro-126 ~ % solana config get
Config File: /Users/y/.config/solana/cli/config.yml
RPC URL: http://localhost:8899 
WebSocket URL: ws://localhost:8900/ (computed)
Keypair Path: /Users/y/.config/solana/id.json 
Commitment: confirmed 
(base) MacBook-Pro-126 ~ % solana-test-validator
zsh: command not found: solana-test-validator
  • solana-test-validator command worked fine before, but suddenly it doesn't work!
    – hanlong ye
    Commented May 21 at 10:22

2 Answers 2


Haven't faced this,

Try reinstalling/updating your CLI suite to 1.18.8 (recommended for anchor 0.30.0)

sh -c "$(curl -sSfL https://release.solana.com/stable/install)"

Installation guide https://solana.com/developers/guides/getstarted/setup-local-development#for-linux-macos-wsl-or-other-unix-like-systems

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    I installed it exactly according to this guide, but suddenly this command doesn't work and I don't know how to fix it anymore
    – hanlong ye
    Commented May 23 at 2:35
  • if it's crucial to use solana-test-validator, could you check out bankrun kevinheavey.github.io/solana-bankrun
    – Jimii
    Commented May 23 at 6:46
  • This seems to be only available for the JS client, do you know if it's possible to run test-validator by building a docker on MacOS?
    – hanlong ye
    Commented May 24 at 6:21
  • Haven't had the need to do this but check this out gist.github.com/beeman/6e52d53ddb45a353d0efe181d9c6e103 It downloads the CLI suite and should contains the test-validator in it.
    – Jimii
    Commented May 24 at 6:32

Did you install the Solana CLI using Homebrew? In that case, the test validator is not included.

Please install it manually, following these instructions:


Make sure it's in your PATH. The install script will notify you if a change is necessary.

The CLI has a solana-install command for updating or managing multiple versions, so it's a better choice than Homebrew.

  • I installed it manually and not using Homebrew,and I reused solana-install init 1.18.1 and the command still doesn't work
    – hanlong ye
    Commented May 23 at 2:33
  • OK that's weird. But just running solana works? Did you check the folder with the binaries (which solana to find it)?
    – ronnyhaase
    Commented May 23 at 6:49
  • Yes, solana is working fine, and I can find its binaries using which solana
    – hanlong ye
    Commented May 24 at 2:06

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