homebrew

Version: 0.9.3 || Release Date: 2012-09-01 || License: Freeware Developer: Max Howell | App Owner: marcus

Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn't include with OS X.

Packages are installed into their own isolated prefixes and then symlinked into /usr/local.

$ cd /usr/local
$ find Cellar
Cellar/wget/1.12
Cellar/wget/1.12/bin/wget
Cellar/wget/1.12/share/man/man1/wget.1

$ ls -l bin
bin/wget -> ../Cellar/wget/1.12/bin/wget
Just extract the tarball and straight away you have a working Homebrew installation.

Install Homebrew Today!

Create new Homebrew packages in seconds.

$ brew create http://foo.com/bar-1.0.tgz
Created /usr/local/Library/Formula/bar.rb
Easily adapt Homebrew formula to your needs. And since it's all Git underneath your changes are merged automatically with upstream updates.

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3 Opinions

aptitude for mac?

Homebrew works great for bringing Mutt to my Mac!

This has to be groundbreaking, right? I'll be damned if this hits the sweet spot/middle-ground between package managers such as MacPorts and rolling your own from source. Although I'm too much of a layman to really have a clue. Can someone shime in?

What would be really cool is if homebrew puts an end to the hellish dependency hassles of MacPorts, when trying to uninstall something which another binary depends on.

A proper documentation of homebrew would be very nice.