homebrew-alt 0

Alternate formulae repos for Homebrew


Recent versions of Homebrew have the ability to install brews from both URLs and local file paths.

This repository contains UNOFFICIAL brews that have not been accepted into the master branch.

These brews can be installed via the raw GitHub URLs, or by cloning this repository locally and installing off the local disk. For more details see the “using” section below.

This replaces the “Homebrew Duplicates” branch which was hosted on adamv’s fork of Homebrew itself.


Brews in this repository are broken out as described below.

  • duplicates: These brews duplicate OS X functionality, though may provide newer or bug-fixed versions.

    Homebrew policy is to allow duplicates only in some specific cases.

  • versions: These brews provide mulitple versions of the same software package.

    Homebrew policy is to maintain a single, stable version of a given package.

  • binary: These brews provide only binary installs.

  • non-free: These brews provide non-free software.

  • other: Other brews that have not been accepted into master.


There are two ways to install packages from this repository.

Using Raw URLs

First you need to get your hands on the raw URL. For example, the raw url for the princexml formula is:


Pass that URL as a parameter to the brew install command, like so:

brew install https://github.com/adamv/homebrew-alt/raw/master/non-free/princexml.rb

Cloning the Repository

Clone the repository to somewhere that you’ll remember:

git clone https://github.com/adamv/homebrew-alt.git /usr/local/LibraryAlt

This example creates a LibraryAlt directory under /usr/local.

Then to install a formula pass the full path to the formula into the brew install command. Here’s another example that installs princexml:

brew install /usr/local/LibraryAlt/non-free/princexml.rb