With the easy-to-install Homebrew Package Manager for Mac, users can enjoy the benefits of using specialized open source production software – no coding skills required.
By far, one of the easiest parts of using a Mac is the process of installing apps. By dragging an app to a folder, most apps will be ready to use except packages, which still require the standard installation process.
Unfortunately, following these fairly basic steps does not guarantee that the fixes or dependencies are installed. This flies in the face of one of Apple’s philosophies, âIt just worksâ, and it can lead to lost productivity. The solution is Homebrew.
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What is Homebrew?
Homebrew is a package manager for macOS that provides simplified software management for Apple computers, similar to those found in Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu.
With its deep integration with Terminal and major software repositories, such as GitHub, Homebrew allows users to install, configure, and uninstall software packages from the command line. The Package Manager performs a dual task – it installs the selected applications and performs checks to verify that any dependencies that may exist are installed correctly in order for the software to function properly.
Why you may or may not need Homebrew
Homebrew’s package management capabilities extend to acquiring the source code of requested applications and compiling them on the fly without the user having to do it manually prior to installation. This opens up a world of software solutions for everyday users who can enjoy the benefits of using specialized open source software in production without having the development skills to create the package.
Homebrew is not for everyone. While it can be argued that open source software could benefit almost anyone, software is only good for the usefulness it provides to the user. An app can promise to fully automate video workflows from 4K cameras; However, if you work in finance or healthcare, this particular app may not be of use to you.
How to install Homebrew
Installing Homebrew is probably the easiest installation I’ve ever done on any system, let alone a Mac. It only requires an account with administrator level privileges, which you will use to enter a command into the terminal to download, install, and configure Package Manager so that your Mac is ready to install third-party apps through Package Manager. or script them remotely.
To install Homebrew, enter this command in Terminal:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
With Homebrew installed, here are repositories to check the source code of the app that will get you started on the open source roadmap. You’ll be managing packages on macOS in no time.