Set up a new macOS machine with Homebrew-Cask

Cask let’s you install commonly used software, stuff that you would drag and drop to install, via the Terminal or a script. For example,

brew cask install google-chrome

will install Google Chrome. While Homebrew let’s you install command line utilities, Cask let’s you install macOS desktop (GUI) software.

If you’re a developer, you can use cask to install your preferred browsers, code editors, tools and such with a simple script.

  • search — searches all known Casks
  • info — gets details about a particular Cask
  • install — installs the given Cask
  • uninstall — uninstalls the given Cask
  • brew cask uninstall --force - uninstall all versions of a Cask

Homebrew-Cask is a part of Hombrew version 0.9.5 and higher. It implemented as a subcommand of Homebrew. All Homebrew-Cask commands begin with brew cask

Caskroom is the equivalent of Cellar. It stores all the Casks installed.

installCLT() {
	# Install Command Line Tools (CLT) for Xcode
	echo -e "/n Installing Command Line Tools (CLT) for Xcode"
	sudo xcode-select --install

installHomebrew() {
	echo -e "/n Installing Homebrew"

	# install Homebrew
	/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
	# update perms on /usr/local/ to avoid: Warning: /usr/local is not writable, sudo is needed
	sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local/
	# add /usr/local/bin (the path where Cellar is) to your $PATH
	export $PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

	brew update

installKegs() {
	# List all your Kegs/Formulae/Taps here
	# These will be installed in: /usr/local/Cellar/

	echo -e "/n Installing Kegs (Command Line Utilities)"
	# Programming
	brew install node mongodb sqlite

	# Tools
	brew install wget tree coreutils

	# Install tab-completion for brew casks
	brew install brew-cask-completion

installCasks() {
	# List all your Casks here
	# These will be installed in: /usr/local/Caskroom/
	# More:

	echo -e "/n Installing Casks (GUI Software)"
	# Browsers
	brew cask install google-chrome opera

	# Code Editors
	brew cask install visual-studio-code sublime-text brackets

	# Graphics
	brew cask install sketch

	# Tools
	brew cask install alfred appcleaner caffeine dash discord evernote filezilla gitkraken gitter iterm2 postman shuttle skype teamviewer the-unarchiver vlc webtorrent


echo -e "/n DONE!"