The Homebrew package manager may be used on Linux and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Homebrew was formerly referred to as Linuxbrew when running on Linux or WSL. It can be installed in your home directory, in which case it does not use sudo. Homebrew does not use any libraries provided by your host system, except glibc and gcc if they are new enough. Homebrew can install its own current versions of glibc and gcc for older distributions of Linux.
Instructions for a supported install of Homebrew on Linux are on the homepage.
The installation script installs Homebrew to
/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew using sudo if possible and within your home directory at
~/.linuxbrew otherwise. Homebrew 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.
/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew was chosen so that users without admin access can ask an admin to create a
linuxbrew role account and still benefit from precompiled binaries. If you do not yourself have admin privileges, consider asking your admin staff to create a
linuxbrew role account for you with home directory set to
Follow the Next steps instructions to add Homebrew to your
PATH and to your bash shell profile script, either
~/.profile on Debian/Ubuntu or
~/.bash_profile on CentOS/Fedora/Red Hat.
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.
To install build tools, paste at a terminal prompt:
Debian or Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install build-essential procps curl file git
Fedora, CentOS, or Red Hat
sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools' sudo yum install procps-ng curl file git sudo yum install libxcrypt-compat # needed by Fedora 30 and up
Homebrew can run on 32-bit ARM (Raspberry Pi and others) and 64-bit ARM (AArch64), but no binary packages (bottles) are available. Support for ARM is on a best-effort basis. Pull requests are welcome to improve the experience on ARM platforms.
You may need to install your own Ruby using your system package manager, a PPA, or
rbenv/ruby-build as we no longer distribute a Homebrew Portable Ruby for ARM.
Homebrew does not currently support 32-bit x86 platforms. It would be possible for Homebrew 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.