If you are on Mac and need to install some package or software, the changes you came across Homebrew are about 99%.
Homebrew is a package manager for Mac. It makes it easy to install different software. Or even different versions of, for instance, PHP.
You use homebrew in your terminal, my favorite terminal is iTerm2.
Installing homebrew on Mac
The installation is one of the easiest I've ever seen.
Open up your terminal and execute the following command.
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
That will install the latest version of homebrew.
To use homebrew, you can again open your terminal and run
A list of useful commands:
brew --version: Display the installed version of homebrew
brew help: Display the help
brew doctor: Check the system for potential issues
brew update: Fetch the latest homebrew version
brew upgrade: Upgrade all brews (packages)
brew list: List all installed packages
brew install <formulae>: install specific formula
brew services start <service>: Start a specific service
Installing specific packages
To install specific packages, we can generally follow the following guide.
Note: this example uses httpd as the package. You can find all homebrew formulae here
brew install httpd
Done... Just that one command will install httpd and everything it needs.
Since it's a service, we can use homebrew to start it.
brew services start httpd
If you are on Mac and not running homebrew, make the change today, it will change your life!