issue #13201 for details.Important 12/Aug/2015 update: Homebrew-cask will change its behaviour from linking apps to moving them. See
“To install, drag this icon…” no more!
Let’s see if we can get the elegance, simplicity, and speed of Homebrew for the installation and management of GUI Mac applications such as Google Chrome and Adium.
Homebrew-cask provides 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!
$ brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask $ brew cask install google-chrome => Downloading https://dl.google.com/chrome/mac/stable/GGRO/googlechrome.dmg => Success! google-chrome installed to /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom/google-chrome/stable-channel => Linking Google Chrome.app to /Users/phinze/Applications/Google Chrome.app
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 FAQ.md and CASK_LANGUAGE_REFERENCE.md
Questions? Wanna chat?
We’re really rather friendly! Here are the best places to talk about the project:
- Start an issue on GitHub
- Join us on IRC, we’re at
We still have bugs — and we are busy fixing them! If you have a problem, don’t be shy about reporting it on our GitHub issues page. Always search for your issue before posting a new one.
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 upgrade brew-cask && brew cleanup && brew cask cleanup
If the issue persists, please run the problematic command with the
--verbose flag and post its and
brew cask doctor’s outputs in distinct fenced code blocks.
Code is under the BSD 2 Clause (NetBSD) license