Homebrew cheat sheet

01 May 2017

Homebrew cheat sheet

A selection of commands and info that I use with Homebrew, to help me remember for those times when I inevitably forget everything.

Hope you find these useful!

Installing apps

Updating an existing Cask app:

$ brew cask install spotify --force
Moving App 'Spotify.app' to '/Applications/Spotify.app'.
spotify was successfully installed!

Services with Homebrew

View all system services configured/managed by Homebrew (e.g. cassandra, mysql, nexus, etc.)

$ brew services list

Start a service:

$ brew services start nexus
==> Successfully started `nexus` (label: homebrew.mxcl.nexus)

To view information on an app that is configured with a service:

$ brew info nexus
To have launchd start nexus now and restart at login:
  brew services start nexus
Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run:
  nexus start


An app doesn’t appear in a search using either Spotlight or Alfred

  • Reinstall the app using brew cask install myapp --force