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Is there a way to get a list of all formulas (packages) I can install using homebrew for Mac OS X?

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up vote 67 down vote accepted

From your Mac

If you just want the package names for all formulae:

brew search

The following command will list the info snippets for all existing Homebrew formulae:

brew info --all

Or browse the local Git repository—thanks to Mk12 for that:

ls $(brew --prefix)/Library/Formula


Other than that, you can just browse the following website:

Or visit, as pointed out by Marco Peluso.

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Or for a third option, ls $(brew --prefix)/Library/Formula – Mk12 Aug 19 '12 at 21:19
brew server is unsupported and will be removed soon. You should use instead. – Michael Dorst Aug 17 '14 at 8:02
brew server seems to have been removed now (accurate as of Homebrew 0.9.5 (git revision 5745; last commit 2016-01-04)) – stkent Jan 28 at 16:53
@stkent Thanks for the info. I removed that part. – slhck Jan 29 at 8:33

Apart from the things slhck mentioned, there's an online package browser available at

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I was able to find the version needed. thank you – Krishna Vedula Dec 16 '15 at 12:38

You can also have a look at the Homebrew formulas index website (which is my project). The aim of this website is to provide an easy way to search for a Homebrew formula.

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Thank you Arjan. – ZedTuX Aug 9 '14 at 19:13
So I found brewformulas but can't seem to locate the formula for Mess, for example. Is there something I need to do to integrate homebrew and brewformulas? – David Hoelzer Jun 9 '15 at 23:00

grep desc $(brew --prefix)/Library/Formula/*.rb | perl -ne 'm{^.*/(.*?)\.rb.*?\"(.*)"$} and print "$1\t$2\n"'

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Welcome to Super User! While this may answer the question, it would be a better answer if you could provide some explanation why it does so. – DavidPostill Jul 29 '15 at 20:20

As of 27 May, 2016, just

brew info --all

is not sufficient for listing all formula. You must additionally add the --json=v1 switch (currently, only v1 is supported, which you can see when you type brew info --help):

brew info --json=v1 --all
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