The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux)
Paste that in a macOS Terminal or Linux shell prompt.
The script explains what it will do and then pauses before it does it. Read about other installation options.
Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple (or your Linux system) didn’t.
Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into
/usr/local (on macOS Intel).
Homebrew won’t install files outside its prefix and you can place a Homebrew installation wherever you like.
Trivially create your own Homebrew packages.
It’s all Git and Ruby underneath, so hack away with the knowledge that you can easily revert your modifications and merge upstream updates.
Homebrew formulae are simple Ruby scripts:
Homebrew complements macOS (or your Linux system). Install your RubyGems with
gem and their dependencies with
“To install, drag this icon…” no more. Homebrew Cask installs macOS apps, fonts and plugins and other non-open source software.
Making a cask is as simple as creating a formula.