How to Install Brew on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Installing Brew on Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to manage software packages effortlessly. Brew, short for Homebrew, is a package manager for macOS that simplifies the installation of various software tools and libraries. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Brew on your Mac.


Before we dive into the installation process, make sure your Mac meets the following prerequisites:

  • macOS: You need to have macOS installed on your Mac.
  • Xcode Command Line Tools: Open Terminal and run the command xcode-select --install. This will install the necessary command line tools required by Brew.

Installation Steps

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin with, open Terminal on your Mac. You can find Terminal in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. Alternatively, you can use Spotlight search by pressing Command + Spacebar, typing “Terminal,” and hitting Enter.

Step 2: Install Homebrew

In Terminal, paste the following command and press Enter:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

This command will download and execute a script that installs Brew on your Mac. Sit back and relax while it completes the installation process.

Step 3: Verify Installation

To verify that Brew has been successfully installed, run the following command in Terminal:

brew --version

If everything went smoothly, you should see the version of Brew installed on your Mac.

Optional Configuration

Brew is highly customizable and offers additional configuration options. Here are a few commands you can use to further tailor Brew to your needs:

  • brew update: This command updates the package lists and upgrades any already installed packages.
  • brew upgrade: Use this command to upgrade all your installed packages to their latest versions.
  • brew search <package>: Replace <package> with the name of a package you want to search for. Brew will display matching results.
  • brew info <package>: Get detailed information about a specific package.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Brew on your Mac.

With this powerful package manager, you can now easily install and manage software packages on your macOS system. Remember to keep Brew updated using the brew update and brew upgrade commands for the latest features and bug fixes.

This was just a basic introduction to Brew, but there’s so much more you can do with it. Feel free to explore the official documentation and experiment with different packages available through Brew.

Note: Always exercise caution when installing software from third-party sources, including Brew. Make sure to verify the packages before installation and only use trusted sources.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in getting you started with Brew on your Mac. Happy brewing!

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