Homebrew on OSX – easy installation of UNIX/Linux tools

“the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with OS X.

… and they’re right! Homebrew can help you to install a whole range of great UNIX / LINUX tools (wget for one), in single steps; an alternative is MacPorts, but I have abandoned it in favour of Homebrew as it’s far easier! The disadvantage is that it doesn’t have as many tools available.

Note:

  1. for Homebrew you’ll need to have XCode installed from your OSX DVD, be using an Intel mac, and might need the Java Developer Update installed;
  2. For SQLite and other necessary tools, install the GDAL complete frameworks from Kyngchaos.

To install Homebrew, paste this into the terminal:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)"

… and that’s it. You can now use brew commands (no sudo needed) on the command line.

Keep Homebrew updated from time to time with:

brew update
brew upgrade