SP1 currently runs on Linux and macOS. You can either use prebuilt binaries through sp1up or build the toolchain and CLI from source.


Currently our prebuilt binaries are built on Ubuntu 20.04 (22.04 on ARM) and macOS. If your OS uses an older GLIBC version, it's possible these may not work and you will need to build the toolchain from source.

sp1up is the SP1 toolchain installer. Open your terminal and run the following command and follow the instructions:

curl -L | bash

Then simply follow the instructions on-screen, which will make the sp1up command available in your CLI.

After following the instructions, you can run sp1up to install the toolchain:


This will install two things:

  1. The succinct Rust toolchain which has support for the riscv32im-succinct-zkvm-elf compilation target.
  2. cargo prove CLI tool that will let you compile provable programs and then prove their correctness.

You can verify the installation by running cargo prove --version:

cargo prove --version

If this works, go to the next section to compile and prove a simple zkVM program.


If you have installed cargo-prove from source, it may conflict with sp1up's cargo-prove installation or vice versa. You can remove the cargo-prove that was installed from source with the following command:

rm ~/.cargo/bin/cargo-prove

Or, you can remove the cargo-prove that was installed through sp1up:

rm ~/.sp1/bin/cargo-prove

Option 2: Building from Source

Make sure you have installed the dependencies needed to build the rust toolchain from source.

Clone the sp1 repository and navigate to the root directory.

git clone
cd sp1
cd cli
cargo install --locked --path .
cd ~
cargo prove build-toolchain

Building the toolchain can take a while, ranging from 30 mins to an hour depending on your machine. If you're on a machine that we have prebuilt binaries for (ARM Mac or x86 or ARM Linux), you can use the following to download a prebuilt version.

cargo prove install-toolchain

To verify the installation of the tooolchain, run and make sure you see succinct:

rustup toolchain list

You can delete your existing installation of the toolchain with:

rustup toolchain remove succinct

Option 3: Using Docker

SP1 can also be used entirely within a Docker container. If you don't have it, Docker can be installed directly from Docker's website.

Then you can use:

cargo prove --docker

to automatically use the latest image of SP1 in a container.

Alternatively, it is possible to build the docker image locally by running:

docker build -t succinctlabs/sp1:latest ./cli/docker

You can then run the cargo prove command by mounting your program directory into the container:

docker run -v "$(pwd):/root/program" -it succinctlabs/sp1:latest prove build