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26 March 2018 / by André Maré

How to Update Homebrew Formula on macOS

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to update homebrew formula on macOS using Homebrew Commands.

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Why Update Formula?

After you installed a number of packages on your macOS making use of Homebrew, it is only a matter of time before newer versions of those packages are available and you need to upgrade those packages. Homebrew offers a very simple way to upgrade your packages. By running the brew update & brew upgrade commands, all of your installed packages will be updated, but you may want to update only specific packages. This post will list the commands required to update and upgrade specific packages.

Brew Commands

This section provide a quick set of commands on how to update homebrew formula on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

Tips & Cheatsheet

The Brew Cheatsheet commands can be downloaded from the link below. The PDF document contains a list of the brew commands that are frequently used. This cheatsheet document is not intended as a complete documented list of all commands and for that you should rather visit the official brew documentation page.

MarkDown Cheatsheet

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