Linuxbrew is the fork or clone of the Homebrew package manager that is compatible with both macOS and Gnu / Linux. Homebrew is the package manager for macOS which can be used to install the different packages in your home directory without using the root privilege. As Linuxbrew is a clone of Homebrew so syntax to use Linuxbrew is the same as Homebrew.
In this context, we shall look into how to install and use the Linuxbrew on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system.
How to install Linuxbrew on any Linux Distribution ?
Before installing Linuxbrew you need to install a few essential packages as Linuxbrew is installed on many Linux systems through the script.
For Debian or Ubuntu,
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install build-essential curl file git
For Fedora, CentOS, or Red Hat,
$ sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
$ sudo yum install curl file git
Now use the following command to download and run the script to install Linuxbrew:
$ sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Linuxbrew/install/master/install.sh)"
How to set up Environment Variable for Linuxbrew ?
Once the installation script installs the Linuxbrew, you need to set up the path for the Linuxbrew in order to be able to use it on your terminal. So, to do so run the following command in your terminal:
$ echo 'export PATH="/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/bin:$PATH"' >>~/.profile
$ echo 'export MANPATH="/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/share/man:$MANPATH"' >>~/.profile
$ echo 'export INFOPATH="/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/share/info:$INFOPATH"' >>~/.profile
Then, apply the changes using the following command:
$ source ~/.profile
Now, you can install the different packages maintained by the brew community in the following way:
$ brew install package_name
How to use Linuxbrew ?
In order to know how Linuxbrew works, run the following command:
$ brew --help
For the manual which provides the details info on it run:
$ man brew
For checking the installation of Linuxbrew run:
$ brew doctor
If you have no idea what package you want to install is available or not on Linuxbrew run:
$ brew search package_name
Use the following commands to update and upgrade the packages:
$ brew update
$ brew upgrade
For removing the installed packages you need to run the command in the following way:
$ brew remove package_name