MacPorts to Homebrew : New Packaging system for Mac OS X

I just wanted to post a blog on Homebrew because, I started loving it already. Homebrew is the new modern package management system for Mac OS X wich beats MacPorts. Yah! Homebrew is faster.

Homebrew is a Packaging system for Mac OS X 10.5 and above; heavy optimisations, no redundant packages and a bonus beer theme.

Here how you can install Homebrew on your Mac:

I prefer installing homebrew in /usr/local directory.
sudo curl -L | sudo tar xz --strip 1 -C /usr/local

to avoid using sudo when installing packages, change the owner recursively on /usr/local directory
sudo chown -R `whoami` /usr/local
That’s it. Homebrew installed.

Now, Let’s install wget using homebrew
MacBook:~ abhinay$ brew install wget
==> Downloading
File already downloaded and cached to /Users/abhinay/Library/Caches/Homebrew
==> ./configure --disable-debug --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/wget/1.12
==> make install
/usr/local/Cellar/wget/1.12: 9 files, 784K, built in 37 seconds

Really easy! isn’t it?

Have fun!

If you are facing problem because of MacPorts, try to uninstall it – Uninstall Instructions

and Do check out homebrew homepage on github:

And one more thing, You should have xcode installed on your Mac – if already don’t have xcode, you can download from here – (Or you can install xcode from your second installation CD of Mac OS X)

Posted on Jan 2, 2010
Written byAbhinay Omkar
  • Abhinay

    You are too good man! Totally stole my thunder with the username ๐Ÿ˜› haha. carry on.

    I stumbled on this blog, and I’m glad a fellow by my name is a linux buff. kudos.

  • @Abhinay ๐Ÿ˜›


  • Is there any place where I can see list of packages homebrew can install?
    Something like –

  • Thanks Abhinay. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • admin

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  • Lastobelus

    what are the advantages of homebrew over macports?

    • Hi there, I believe that, Homebrew is much faster than MacPorts and Its community is very active.

  • Anonymous

    how is this better than using macports “port install wget”

    • Potto007

      Because port install wget will have to build and install all the dependencies, all of which are already installed in OS X.

      • I’m sort of torn on that. Some of the versions of libraries, etc. in OS-X are out of date. But some of them automatically get security fixes, which is nice…so that you don’t have to stay up-to-date with homebrew and things will be safer than under MacPorts.

        On the other hand, some of the OS-X libraries languish in obscurity and don’t get updated nearly enough, having versions so old that they are near useless or security bugs. *cough*libssl*cough*.

  • I notice there aren’t any descriptions for the packages/formulas. (BTW: The list of formulas should totally be called a formulary).

    Also, it’s confusing when packages have multiple names. Examples: bzr and bazaar. A short description would be handy for understanding that these are the same packages. Though I do like that a search for the name and the search for the binary name both work.


  • Its to good above Mac OS X. I installed above widgets its working perfectly.

  • how can i install macports “port install wget”. please give me some idea for me

  • I also want to install this application. Can you please tell me how to install?

  • Thanks for posting this man!

  • Jamescarigmtts

    ย I started loving it already.ย Homebrewย is the new modern package management system for Mac OS X wich beats MacPorts

  • Wow It’s great. I’m glad this blog. Really it’s gona be rocking. Thnx for sharing this information. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Took a lot of time to read but I really found this very interesting and informative, thank you buddy for sharing

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  • Suraj Sachdev

    i get this error message:
    curl: (7) couldn’t connect to host

    can you help?

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  • Oh its really good the new packaging system I really liked it.