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How to install Git on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Git on macOS using Homebrew.

What is Git?

“Git is a version control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. It is primarily used for source code management in software development, but it can be used to keep track of changes in any set of files. As a distributed revision control system it is aimed at speed, data integrity, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows.” ~ 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 git on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install git

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Git 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 search git         # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info git           # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install git        # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup            # Remove any older versions from the cellar.

Summary

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