Switching from Mac to Linux? 5 packages to install using the HomeBrew package manager

Installing packages using HomeBrew

HomeBrew package manager has been one of my favorite utilities when it comes to installing packages on Mac OS. However, I’ve recently decided to switch to Linux and it was an interesting discovery that HomeBrew also runs on Linux hosts. Keep in mind that many of those packages could be installed by using the default package managers (e.g Synaptic) in Linux. Some people just got like to “brew” (hey, that sounds weird) and the fact that it doesn’t need administrator privileges to run.

Let’s discuss what are my favorite packages available for Linux (keep in mind that not all those are available on Mac and vice versa) and why it might be interesting for you to play around with those too.

Installing the HomeBrew

Before we talk about installing packages let’s just mention a few words about how to install the HomeBrew itself. It’s very easy actually, just run that line in the terminal and it will take care of things:

/bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Installing the packages

Once the HomeBrew is installed the first thing I recommend trying is running the “brew doctor” command just to make sure it’s all set and ready to enjoy (or “pour”).

Confirming that everything is in working order

1. Ddgr

“ddgr” utility in Linux

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine for a while. There is also a terminal version of this search engine that you could use. Just install “ddgr” and use it when necessary.

2. Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander: dual-pane file manager

Who needs a dual-pane file manager in 2021, you might ask? Well, I do! Because being in 2021 doesn’t mean that we should abandon all the technologies that we have got in the 20th century.

I personally use it daily and the fact that it’s so lightweight, fast, and geek-oriented has always made the usage of this utility an enjoyable experience.

3. Naga

Running “naga” (Snake) in the Terminal

3D effects, high fps rate, and all that is nice. However, what if you just would like to drop back into the 80s for a second and play Snake in Terminal? Well, you could do that with a utility called “naga”.

4. Antiword

Running “antiword”

Microsoft Office has always been a reliable tool for word processing. However, it’s 2021 and we have many alternative solutions available for those who never settle for the “default” solutions.

The “antiword” package allows opening simple Word documents directly in the Terminal.

5. Watch

Using a “watch” utility to monitor the latest timestamps of a file

“Watch” is a great utility when it comes to monitoring the specific processes or files on a computer. It’s a powerful tool when you need to quickly verify what’s going on with the specific file and when was the last change applied to it.


HomeBrew for Linux might not be a primary tool for installing the packages and you can install those packages through other means on your Linux system. You can also see all the available packages here.

But if you are transitioning from HomeBrew on Mac or planning to use both systems — this might be quite handy. And if you need any help with this simple and powerful package manager, just type “brew” and see what it has to offer.

List of available commands for HomeBrew

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