Homebrew Cookbook

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This cookbook installs Homebrew (opens in a new tab) and provides resources for working with taps and casks

Note: The homebrew_tap and homebrew_cask resources shipped in Chef 14.0. When Chef 15.0 is released in April 2019 these resources will be removed from this cookbook as all users should be on 14.0 or later.


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  • macOS


  • Chef 12.7+


  • none



Resource for brew tap, a Homebrew command used to add additional formula repositories. From the brew man page:

brew tap [--full] user/repo [URL]
    Tap a formula repository.

    With URL unspecified, taps a formula repository from GitHub using HTTPS.
    Since so many taps are hosted on GitHub, this command is a shortcut for
    tap user/repo

    With URL specified, taps a formula repository from anywhere, using
    any transport protocol that git handles. The one-argument form of tap
    simplifies but also limits. This two-argument command makes no
    assumptions, so taps can be cloned from places other than GitHub and
    using protocols other than HTTPS, e.g., SSH, GIT, HTTP, FTP(S), RSYNC.

    By default, the repository is cloned as a shallow copy (--depth=1), but
    if --full is passed, a full clone will be used. To convert a shallow copy
    to a full copy, you can retap passing --full without first untapping.

Default action is :tap which enables the repository. Use :untap to disable a tapped repository.


  • :tap (default) - Add a tap
  • :untap - Remove a tap


  • :tap_name - Optional name property to override the resource name value
  • :url - Optional URL to the tap
  • :full - Perform a full clone rather than a shallow clone on the tap (default: false)
  • :homebrew_path - the path to the homebrew binary (default: '/opt/homebrew/bin/brew')
  • :owner - the owner of the homebrew installation (default: calculated based on existing files)


homebrew_tap 'homebrew/dupes'
homebrew_tap 'homebrew/dupes' do
  action :untap
homebrew_tap "Let's install homebrew/dupes" do
  tap_name 'homebrew/dupes'
  url ''
  full true


Resource for brew cask, a Homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries. It's implemented as a homebrew "external command" called cask.

homebrew-cask on GitHub (opens in a new tab)


  • :install (default) - install an Application
  • :remove - remove an Application.


  • :cask_name - Optional name property to override the resource name value
  • :options - options to pass to the brew CLI during installation
  • :install_cask - auto install cask tap if necessary (default: true)
  • :homebrew_path - the path to the homebrew binary (default: '/opt/homebrew/bin/brew')
  • :owner - the owner of the homebrew installation (default: calculated based on existing files)


homebrew_cask 'google-chrome'
homebrew_cask "Let's remove google-chrome" do
  cask_name 'google-chrome'
  install_cask false
  action :remove

View the list of available Casks (opens in a new tab)


  • node['homebrew']['owner'] - The user that will own the Homebrew installation and packages. Setting this will override the default behavior which is to use the non-privileged user that has invoked the Chef run (or the SUDO_USER if invoked with sudo). The default is nil.

  • node['homebrew']['auto-update'] - Whether the default recipe should automatically update Homebrew each run or not. The default is true to maintain compatibility. Set to false or nil to disable. Note that disabling this feature may cause formula to not work.

  • node['homebrew']['formulas'] - An Array of formula that should be installed using Homebrew by default, used only in the homebrew::install_formulas recipe.

    • To install the most recent version, include just the recipe name: - simple_formula

    • To install a specific version, specify both its name and version:

      - name: special-version-formula
        version: 1.2.3
    • To install the HEAD of a formula, specify both its name and head: true:

      - name: head-tracking-formula
        head: true
    • To provide other options, specify both its name and options

      - name: formula-with-options
        options: --with-option-1 --with-other-option
  • node['homebrew']['casks'] - An Array of casks that should be installed using brew cask by default, used only in the homebrew::install_casks recipe.

  • node['homebrew']['taps'] - An Array of taps that should be installed using brew tap by default, used only in the homebrew::install_taps recipe. For example:

      # 'tap' is the only required key for the Hash
      { 'tap' => 'homebrew/dupes', 'url' => '', 'full' => true }


We strongly recommend that you put "recipe[homebrew]" in your node's run list, to ensure that it is available on the system and that Homebrew itself gets installed. Putting an explicit dependency in the metadata will cause the cookbook to be downloaded and the library loaded, thus resulting in changing the package provider on macOS, so if you have systems you want to use the default (Mac Ports), they would be changed to Homebrew.

The default recipe also ensures that Homebrew is installed and up to date if the auto-update attribute (above) is true (default).


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