How to install Alfred on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Alfred on macOS using Homebrew. Alfred is an application launcher and productivity application for macOS. Alfred is free, though an optional paid upgrade is available.

What is Alfred?

“Alfred is an application launcher and productivity application for macOS. Using a keyboard shortcut chosen by the user, Alfred provides a quick way to find and launch applications and files on the Mac. In its free version it also serves as a calculator, spell-checker and a convenient interface for controlling the Mac with system commands. Alfred’s capabilities can be extended with the Powerpack which provides additional features, including the ability to directly navigate your file system, perform actions on the files and applications you search for, control iTunes, open Address Book entries, save text clips, and more.” ~ Wikipedia

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Alfred on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew cask install alfred

Brew Commands

This section provide a quick set of commands on how to install Alfred on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                           # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew tap caskroom/cask                # Tap the Caskroom/Cask repository from Github using HTTPS.
$ brew search alfred                    # Searches all known Casks for a partial or exact match.
$ brew cask info alfred                 # Displays information about the given Cask
$ brew cask install alfred              # Install the given cask.
$ brew cleanup                          # Remove any older versions from the cellar.

Summary

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Alfred on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.

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