Homebrew Mac tool gets Apple Silicon and M1 support

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The Mac utility is a favourite of developers who use it for package management on macOS.

Homebrew has officially added support for Apple Silicon in its latest release, version 3.0.0. Homebrew is a popular utility for package management on macOS. It allows users to simply install open source software and packages to the Mac operating system using the Terminal.

The Homebrew utility positions itself as a way to install software that Apple didn’t think you needed. The tool also allows advanced users to easily get utilities such as the Python manager pyenv.

Native support for M1

The Homebrew team announced the new support features in a blog post by project manager Mike McQuaid this week. He confirmed support for M1 and future Apple Silicon chips, which are now officially supported for installations in /opt/homebrew.

Previously, Homebrew worked on M1, but with some limitations. Now, the package manager is natively supported. McQuaid notes however that it doesn’t yet provide bottles (binary packages) for all packages. “Homebrew doesn’t (yet) provide bottles for all packages on Apple Silicon that we do on Intel x86_64,” he wrote, ” but we welcome your help in doing so. Rosetta 2 on Apple Silicon still provides support for Intel x86_64 in /usr/local.”

McQuaid closed out his post with a big thank you to all who contrubuted.. “Thanks to all our hard-working maintainers, contributors, sponsors and supporters for getting us this far,” he wrote.

“Particular thanks on Homebrew 3.0.0 go to MacStadium and Apple for providing us with a lot of Apple Silicon hardware and Cassidy from Apple for helping us in many ways with this migration,” he added.