Tart is a virtualization toolset to build, run and manage macOS and Linux virtual machines on Apple Silicon.

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Virtualization and beyond

Apple’s native Virtualization.Framework

Native performance

Tart is using Apple’s native Virtualization.Framework that was developed along with architecting the first M1 chip. This seamless integration between hardware and software ensures smooth performance without any drawbacks.

OCI-compatible container registries

Remote storage for Virtual Machines

For storing virtual machine images Tart integrates with OCI-compatible container registries. Work with virtual machines as you used to with Docker containers.

GitHub Actions Runners

Seamless integration with your existing automations

Tart powers several continuous integration systems including on‑demand GitHub Actions Runners and Cirrus CI. Double the performance of your macOS actions with a couple lines of code.

Run at scale with Orchard

Tart toolset includes Orchard Orchestration — tool to run and manage Tart virtual machines at scale on a cluster of Apple Silicon hosts. An Orchard Cluster exposes a simple REST API to manage thousands virtual machines. Orchard CLI allows accessing remote virtual machines like they run locally.

Automation Powerhouse

With more than 10,000 installations to date, Tart has been adopted for various scenarios. Its applications range from powering CI/CD pipelines and reproducible local development environments, to helping in the testing of device management systems without actual physical devices.

What our users say

Sebastian Jachec

Sebastian Jachec

Mobile Engineer at Daybridge


It’s been plain-sailing with the Cirrus Runners — they’ve been great! They’re consistently 60+% faster on workflows that we previously used Github Actions’ macOS runners for.
Mikhail Tokarev

Mikhail Tokarev

CTO at Codemagic


Thanks to the minimal overhead of using the Apple Virtualization API, we’ve seen some performance improvements in booting new virtual machines compared with Anka.
Max Lapides

Max Lapides

Senior Mobile Engineer at Tonal


Previously, we were using the GitHub‑hosted macOS runners and our iOS build took ~30 minutes. Now with Cirrus Runners, the iOS build only takes ~12 minutes. That’s a huge boost to our productivity, and for only $150/month per runner it is much less expensive too.

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