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How to Install and Use Homebrew on Mac

Install Homebrew on your Mac to explore various software packages.

Homebrew is a free macOS open-source software package that simplifies the installation process on your Mac by running commands in the Terminal. On Mac, Homebrew helps the users to install software that isn’t available on App Store. With this software, you can install, update and manage developer tools like Python, Wget, Ruby, Node.js, and more on your Mac.


Before installing Homebrew software on your Mac, make sure that your system fits the following requirements.

ChipApple Silicon or 64-bit CPU
macOS version10.14 or later
Shellbash or zsh syntax
Required toolXcode

How to Install and Use Homebrew for Mac

For better understanding, we have divided the procedure into four halves. To install Homebrew on your Mac, you must install the Xcode command line tool. Before installing the tool, update your Mac to the latest version.

Step 1: Installing Xcode Command Line Tool

Xcode is Apple’s native IDE which has all the tools that you need for developing software on a Mac.

To install Xcode;

[1] Go to Spotlight Search and search for Terminal.

[2] After that, launch Terminal on your Mac and input the following command, and hit Return.

xcode-select --install

[3] A new dialog window will display to confirm you want to install the Xcode tool.

[4] Hit Install.

Homebrew on Mac

[5] Wait for the process to complete.

Homebrew on Mac

[6] Finally, a message will pop up indicating The software was installed.

Homebrew on Mac

[7] Hit Done, and you’re done.

Step 2: Install Homebrew

[1] Once the Xcode tool is installed, open Terminal again on your Mac and input the following command, and hit Return.

  • Command for macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, and earlier version,
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • Command for macOS Catalina, Mojave, Big Sur, and later,
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

[2] Input your Admin password and click Return.

[3] After a few minutes, you can see the Installation successful pop-up on the Terminal.

Note: You can also visit the official website to copy the Homebrew link for your Mac

Step 3: Turn off Analytics

By default, Homebrew collects the information about your Mac and transmits analytics to the developers. They collect information like,

  • Homebrew user agent
  • Google Analytics
  • Homebrew analytics tracking ID and user ID

If you don’t want the Homebrew to collect your data, then disable the analytics by entering the following command,

brew analytics off

Step 4: Use Homebrew on Mac

Finally, run the brew help on Terminal to get started. From here, you can install, update or remove packages on your Mac via Homebrew.

For Installing Packages

You can install any package on your Mac by using the following command on Terminal,

brew install [package name]

For example, if you want to install a tree command, enter,

brew install tree

For Updating Packages

After installing software, you should regularly update the packages to experience the latest features on your Mac.

Follow the command to check the list of packages that need to update,

brew outdated

To update a specific package, enter,

brew update [package name]

To check whether you have the latest Homebrew version, enter,

brew update

For Removing Packages

If you no longer need specific software, enter the below command to remove it from your Mac,

brew uninstall [package name]

Tips! Visit our best uninstaller for Mac guide to remove the apps that you aren’t able to remove.

How to Uninstall Homebrew on Mac

[1] Launch Terminal on your Mac.

[2] Follow the below command to uninstall Homebrew on Mac.

  • Command for macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, and earlier,
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  • Command for macOS Catalina, Mojave, Big Sur, and later,
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

[3] After entering the above command on Terminal, hit Return to uninstall Homebrew.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the use of the brew command on Mac?

The brew command on Mac is used to manage your command-line utilities.

Is Homebrew safe for Mac M1?

Yes. Homebrew performs pretty well on arm64, Apple Silicon, and M1.

How much space does Homebrew take up on Mac?

It depends upon your macOS version. Generally, Homebrew takes about 100 Mb, and the Xcode package about 10 GB.

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