My setup (OSX 10.13.6) appears to have two installations of Qt5: one in /Library/Frameworks (/Library/Frameworks/QtCore.framework, /Library/Frameworks/QtGui.framework, etc.), but I also have one installed by brew at /usr/local/Cellar/qt/5.13.0. Is it a good idea to have Qt at two locations? Is it a good idea to remove the one at /Library/Frameworks and keep the one brew installed?


Often had two versions of a particular app installed (usually in the standard apps location).

Did this with Excel - never had an issue. Also with Qt at one time.

I just made sure the newest one was the most recent install for any libraries necessary.

  • Is there a way to upgrade the one in /L/F? I'm not even sure if it's Qt5. – John M. Aug 10 '19 at 6:52
  • @JohnM. have you tried the System Prefs upgrade? select just that app... – Solar Mike Aug 10 '19 at 6:54

Is it a good idea to remove the one at /Library/Frameworks and keep the one brew installed?

No it isn't a good idea because some previously installed applications (and not standard MacOS ones) are using this library. And these applications won't be compatible with the brew version which is usually more recent and more secure than this older one, but with different interface (ex.: f(x,y) → f(x,y,z)) and behaviour.

On the other hand, the one installed by brew will be used to compile and run any application installed with brew.

It is a very good protection that brew chosed on purpose not to overwrite the system versions of important libraries. This is a sign of a well conceived package manager, a professionnal tool.

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    /LF is not Apple's system library all those are in /System/Library - this one was probably installed by installing Qt directly from a download from QT (or a badly packaged app - well nowadays - for OSX 10.0 this would have been correct) – user151019 Aug 10 '19 at 10:12

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