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Linuxbrew

The Homebrew package manager may be used on Linux and Windows 10, using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Homebrew is referred to as Linuxbrew when running on Linux or Windows. It can be installed in your home directory, in which case it does not use sudo. Linuxbrew does not use any libraries provided by your host system, except glibc and gcc if they are new enough. Linuxbrew can install its own current versions of glibc and gcc for older distribution of Linux.

Features, dependencies and installation instructions are described below. Terminology (e.g. the difference between a Cellar, Tap, Cask and so forth) is explained in the documentation.

Features

  • Can install software to your home directory and so does not require sudo
  • Install software not packaged by your host distribution
  • Install up-to-date versions of software when your host distribution is old
  • Use the same package manager to manage your macOS, Linux, and Windows systems

Install

Paste at a terminal prompt:

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Linuxbrew/install/master/install.sh)"

The installation script installs Linuxbrew to /home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew using sudo if possible and in your home directory at ~/.linuxbrew otherwise. Linuxbrew does not use sudo after installation. Using /home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew allows the use of more binary packages (bottles) than installing in your personal home directory.

Follow the Next steps instructions to add Linuxbrew to your PATH and to your bash shell profile script, either ~/.profile on Debian/Ubuntu or ~/.bash_profile on CentOS/Fedora/RedHat.

test -d ~/.linuxbrew && eval $(~/.linuxbrew/bin/brew shellenv)
test -d /home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew && eval $(/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/bin/brew shellenv)
test -r ~/.bash_profile && echo "eval \$($(brew --prefix)/bin/brew shellenv)" >>~/.bash_profile
echo "eval \$($(brew --prefix)/bin/brew shellenv)" >>~/.profile

You're done! Try installing a package:

brew install hello

If you're using an older distribution of Linux, installing your first package will also install a recent version of glibc and gcc. Use brew doctor to troubleshoot common issues.

Dependencies

  • GCC 4.4 or newer
  • Linux 2.6.32 or newer
  • Glibc 2.12 or newer
  • 64-bit x86 CPU

Paste at a terminal prompt:

Debian or Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install build-essential curl file git

Fedora, CentOS, or Red Hat

sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools' && sudo yum install curl file git

Raspberry Pi

Linuxbrew can run on Raspberry Pi (32-bit ARM), but no binary packages (bottles) are available. Support for Raspberry Pi is on a best-effort basis. Pull requests are welcome to improve the experience on Raspberry Pi.

32-bit x86

Linuxbrew does not currently support 32-bit x86 platforms. It would be possible for Linuxbrew to work on 32-bit x86 platforms with some effort. An interested and dedicated person could maintain a fork of Homebrew to develop support for 32-bit x86.

Alternative Installation

Extract or git clone Linuxbrew wherever you want. Use /home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew if possible.

git clone https://github.com/Homebrew/brew ~/.linuxbrew/Homebrew
mkdir ~/.linuxbrew/bin
ln -s ../Homebrew/bin/brew ~/.linuxbrew/bin
eval $(~/.linuxbrew/bin/brew shellenv)

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