HomeBrew is OS X’s answer to Ubuntu’s apt-get. It’s a quick way of installing useful packages such as nodejs for your Mac.


Type the following in your terminal

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Once you have HomeBrew installed, to install a package you simply type:

brew install [package name]

Useful Brews

  • wget – ability to download from web sites from the command line
  • bash-completion – adds autocompletion to tools like git
    Add this to .bash_profile after installing

    if [ -f $(brew --prefix)/etc/bash_completion ]; then
     . $(brew --prefix)/etc/bash_completion

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