June 02, 2019
In the same vein as cleaning up my git branches, today I recalled that I can easily update my Homebrew formulae with the command
This kicks off the process which may take a minute or two depending on how long it’s been since your last upgrade and how many formulae you have.
The upgrade process will:
brew cleanupif it’s been 30+ days
$ brew upgrade Updating Homebrew... ==> Auto-updated Homebrew! Updated 2 taps (homebrew/core and homebrew/cask). ==> New Formulae catch2 deno include-what-you-use pprint clzip erlang@21 lizard spice-gtk csvq heatshrink molten-vk spirv-tools ==> Updated Formulae harfbuzz ✔ fluxctl mailutils raylib imageoptim-cli ✔ fn mame re2 node ✔ fobis mat2 rebar3
While this is easy enough to do every few weeks (and I’ve set a reminder in my Things list, right next to sharpen my kitchen knives), my next challenge is to schedule it using a “chron job” — something I’ve never done before!
Also worth noting, if there’s a specific formula you want to upgrade, you can use
brew upgrade <formula> (which you may notice is out of date by checking the version (
brew <formula> -v).
Written by Stephen Weiss who lives in Chicago with his wife, Kate, and dog, Finn. Follow him on Twitter!