#15381 for details). If you haven’t yet, run
Important December 2015 update: Homebrew-Cask will now be kept up to date together with Homebrew (see
brew uninstall --force brew-cask; brew update to switch to the new system.
issue #13201 for details.Important: At some point in the future Homebrew-Cask will change its behaviour from linking apps to moving them. See
“To install, drag this icon…” no more!
Homebrew-Cask extends Homebrew and brings its elegance, simplicity, and speed to the installation and management of GUI Mac applications such as Google Chrome and Adium.
We do this by providing a friendly Homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries.
It’s implemented as a
homebrew external command called
Let’s try it!
To start using Homebrew-Cask, you just need Homebrew installed.
$ brew cask install google-chrome ==> Downloading https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg ==> Symlinking App 'Google Chrome.app' to '/Users/Your_Account_Name/Applications/Google Chrome.app' 🍺 google-chrome staged at '/opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom/google-chrome/latest' (208 files, 184M)
And there we have it. Google Chrome installed with a few quick commands: no clicking, no dragging, no dropping.
$ open ~/Applications/"Google Chrome.app"
- Find basic documentation on using Homebrew-Cask in USAGE.md
- Want to contribute a Cask? Awesome! See CONTRIBUTING.md
- Want to hack on our code? Also awesome! See hacking.md
- More project-related details and discussion are available in the documentation
Questions? Wanna chat?
We’re really rather friendly! Here are the best places to talk about the project:
- Start an issue on GitHub using one of these templates:
- Join us (and caskbot) on IRC at
- Join us on Gitter
When reporting bugs, remember that Homebrew-Cask is an independent project from Homebrew. Do your best to direct bug reports to the appropriate project. If your command-line started with
brew cask, bring the bug to us first!
Before reporting a bug, make sure you have the latest versions of Homebrew, Homebrew-Cask, and all Taps by running the following command:
$ brew update; brew cleanup; brew cask cleanup
In addition, if you haven’t yet, run the following once to switch to the new system:
$ brew uninstall --force brew-cask; brew update
Finally, if it's been a while since you last updated Homebrew-Cask, you may still have the old
phinze/cask tap installed. Run the following to clean up, then try your command again:
$ brew untap phinze/cask; brew untap caskroom/cask; brew update
If the issue persists, please use our bug report template to report the output of running the problematic command with the
--verbose flag, along with the output of
brew cask doctor.
Code is under the BSD 2 Clause (NetBSD) license