brew-pkg is a Homebrew external command that builds an OS X installer package from a formula. The formula must first already be installed on the system.
Assuming nginx is already installed:
brew pkg nginx
==> Creating package staging root using Homebrew prefix /usr/local ==> Staging formula nginx ==> Plist found at homebrew.mxcl.nginx, staging for /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist ==> Building package nginx-1.2.6.pkg
It can also automatically include the formula's dependencies:
brew pkg --with-deps --without-kegs ffmpeg
==> Creating package staging root using Homebrew prefix /usr/local ==> Staging formula ffmpeg ==> Staging formula pkg-config ==> Staging formula texi2html ==> Staging formula yasm ==> Staging formula x264 ==> Staging formula faac ==> Staging formula lame ==> Staging formula xvid ==> Building package ffmpeg-1.1.pkg
By default behaviour brew pkg include all package kegs located in /usr/local/Cellar/packagename. If you need to exclude it, specify option --without-kegs
brew-pkg is available from my formulae tap. Add the tap:
brew tap timsutton/formulae
Then install as any other formula:
brew install brew-pkg
If a formula has defined a launchd plist, brew-pkg will also install this to the package's root in
You can also define a custom identifier prefix in the reverse-domain convention with the
--identifier-prefix option, ie.
brew pkg --identifier-prefix org.nagios nrpe. If there is a launchd plist defined, this same prefix is currently not applied to the plist.
You can set the path to custom preinstall and postinstall scripts with the
--scripts option which is just literally passed through to the
For more information refer to
man pkgbuild which explains that
--scripts scripts_path archive the entire contents of scripts-path as the package scripts. If this directory contains scripts named preinstall and/or postinstall, these will be run as the top-level scripts of the package [...].
brew-pkg is MIT-licensed.