How to Install Applications on macOS using Homebrew

This tutorial teaches you how to install applications through Homebrew, an unofficial package manager for macOS. It assumes that you have already installed Homebrew on your Mac. If not, check out our instruction guide.

For instance, to install MacVim, instead of downloading the application from MacVim’s website, simply go to Brew Formulas, a website that lists all of the applications available through Homebrew. After searching  for MacVim on there, simply run the command they give, brew install macvim in the Terminal. Now MacVim is installed!


One major benefit that Homebrew gives over simply downloading the package manually is automatic updates. To update all of the applications that you have installed via Homebrew, simply run brew update && brew upgrade.