brew tap adds more repositories to the list of formulae that
brew tracks, updates,and installs from. By default,
tap assumes that the repositories come from GitHub,but the command isn’t limited to any one location.
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brew tap command
brew tapwithout arguments lists the currently tapped repositories. Forexample:
brew tap <user/repo>makes a clone of the repository athttps://github.com/user/homebrew-repo. After that,
brewwill be able to work onthose formulae as if they were in Homebrew’s canonical repository. You caninstall and uninstall them with
brew [un]install, and the formulae areautomatically updated when you run
brew update. (See below for detailsabout how
brew taphandles the names of repositories.)
brew tap <user/repo> <URL>makes a clone of the repository at URL.Unlike the one-argument version, URL is not assumed to be GitHub, and itdoesn’t have to be HTTP. Any location and any protocol that Git can handle isfine.
brew tap --repairmigrates tapped formulae from a symlink-based todirectory-based structure. (This should only need to be run once.)
brew untap user/repo [user/repo user/repo ..]removes the given taps. Therepositories are deleted and
brewwill no longer be aware of their formulae.
brew untapcan handle multiple removals at once.
Repository naming conventions and assumptions
On GitHub, your repository must be named
homebrew-somethingin order to usethe one-argument form of
brew tap. The prefix ‘homebrew-‘ is not optional.(The two-argument form doesn’t have this limitation, but it forces you togive the full URL explicitly.)
When you use
brew tapon the command line, however, you can leave out the‘homebrew-‘ prefix in commands.
brew tap username/foobarcan be used as a shortcut for the longversion:
brew tap username/homebrew-foobar.
brewwill automatically addback the ‘homebrew-‘ prefix whenever it’s necessary.
Formula with duplicate names
Mac Vim Setup
If your tap contains a formula that is also present inhomebrew/core, that’s fine,but it means that you must install it explicitly by default.
Brew Install Vim-plug
Brew Install Vim With Lua
brew install foo command is issued,
brew will find which formulato use by searching in the following order:
- core formulae
- other taps
If you need a formula to be installed from a particular tap, you can use fullyqualified names to refer to them.
You can create a tap for an alternative
vimPritunl install. formula. The behaviour will be:
Brew Install Vimeo
As a result, we recommend you give formulae a different name if you want to makethem easier to install. Note that there is (intentionally) no way of replacingdependencies of core formulae with those from taps.