Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn't include with OS X. It provides a simpler alternative to MacPorts, installing under an isolated non-root prefix, symlinked to
You do not need to use
sudowhen using Homebrew as software is installed to a non-root prefix.
- An Intel-based Mac
- OS X 10.5 or higher
- Command Line Tools for Xcode or Xcode with X11
- Java Developer Update
Open up Terminal.app to get a shell prompt.
Copy & paste the following line at the prompt:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(/usr/bin/curl -fksSL https://raw.github.com/mxcl/homebrew/master/Library/Contributions/install_homebrew.rb)"
No need to use
Once installed you can install any software you like as follows:
$ brew install wget
This method is based, with permission, on an original protocol available here.