How to install protoc 2.5.0 on MacOS

Recently I faced this issue, while building hadoop on my MacOS machine. Hadoop trunk 3.0 Snapshot build fails if compiled with a protoc newer than 2.5. While building I got the following error:

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.hadoop:hadoop-maven-plugins:3.1.0-SNAPSHOT:protoc (compile-protoc) on project hadoop-common: org.apache.maven.plugin.MojoExecutionException: protoc version is 'libprotoc 3.4.0', expected version is '2.5.0' -> [Help 1]
[ERROR] To see the full stack trace of the errors, re-run Maven with the -e switch.
[ERROR] Re-run Maven using the -X switch to enable full debug logging.

To fix this, install protoc 2.5.0 on your mac.


  1. Building from source Download latest version of protocol buffer
  2. Untar the tar.bz2 file
    tar xfvj protobuf-2.5.0.tar.bz2
  3. Configure the protobuf.
     cd protobuf-2.5.0
     ./configure CC=clang CXX=clang++ CXXFLAGS='-std=c++11 -stdlib=libc++ -O3 -g' LDFLAGS='-stdlib=libc++' LIBS="-lc++ -lc++abi"
  4. You can use the --prefix parameter to install to a location other than the default /usr/local/bin Make the source
    make -j 4
    sudo make install 

    You’ll need to unlink old installed version.