• Homebrew-Cask

    • https://caskroom.github.io/
    • https://github.com/caskroom/homebrew-cask/blob/master/USAGE.md
    • Get Homebrew Cask: brew tap caskroom/cask
    • List available Casks: brew cask search or visit https://caskroom.github.io/search and use * as search string
    • List outdated Casks: brew cask outdated
    • Update Casks (just Casks repo, not Casks themselves): brew update
    • Install app with Cask: brew cask install app-name
    • Upgrade single app with Cask: brew cask reinstall app-name
    • Upgrade all apps with Cask: brew cask upgrade
    • TODO: Test upgrade single app with Cask (thinking this may update all Cask apps): brew cask upgrade app-name
  • Maintenance

    • Run three commands below to get Homebrew and formulae 💯
    • Update formulae and Homebrew: brew update (updates brew cask repo also)
    • Upgrade everything: brew upgrade
    • Uninstall old formulae: brew cleanup or brew cleanup <formula>
    • Brew Doctor: brew doctor
  • Brew Cask Error: Unknown command: cask

    • Recommended by @adidalal in a GitHub Issue thread:
    • You shouldn't need to tap anything manually, we're now kept up-to-date with Homebrew itself.

    • To make sure/if you have any issues, first try:

      brew update; brew cleanup; brew cask cleanup
      brew uninstall --force brew-cask; brew update
      • Performing the above steps along with ensuring the Xcode command line tools were installed resolved my Brew Cask issues :)
      • sudo xcode-select --install
  • Homebrew Formulas

  • Search Brew


  • List Packages: brew list
  • Get Package Info brew info package_name
  • Pin Package (lock at current version): brew pin package_name
  • Uninstall Package: brew uninstall package_name
  • Remove cask & prefs: brew cask zap cask_name

Update Homebrew & Packages

  • Update Homebrew: brew update
  • Update Packages: brew upgrade


  • List services: brew services list
  • Start service: brew services start SERVICE_NAME
  • Stop service: brew services start SERVICE_NAME
  • Restart service: brew services restart SERVICE_NAME