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Interesting Taps & Forks

A Tap is homebrew-speak for a git repository containing extra formulae. Homebrew has the capability to add (and remove) multiple taps to your local installation with the brew tap and brew untap command. Type man brew in your Terminal. The main repository https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core, often called homebrew/core, is always built-in.

Main Taps

brew search looks in these main taps as well as in homebrew/core. So don't worry about missing stuff. We will add other taps to the search as they become well maintained and popular.

You can be added as a maintainer for one of the Homebrew organization taps and aid the project! If you are interested write to our list: homebrew-discuss@googlegroups.com. We want your help!

Other Interesting Taps

  • InstantClientTap/instantclient: A tap for Oracle Instant Client. The packages need to be downloaded manually.

  • besport/ocaml: A tap for Ocaml libraries, though with caveats, it requires you install its customized ocaml formula. Perhaps a template for more work.

  • osx-cross/avr: GNU AVR toolchain (Libc, compilers and other tools for Atmel MCUs, useful for Arduino hackers and AVR programmers).

  • petere/postgresql: Allows installing multiple PostgreSQL versions in parallel.

  • titanous/gnuradio: GNU Radio and friends running on macOS.

Interesting Forks

Technical Details

Your taps are git repositories located at $(brew --repository)/Library/Taps.