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I am new to Mac coming from Ubuntu Linux background. How do I find out what packages are available for Homebrew? With Ubuntu I could search for example, or Google since its using apt

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brew search lists all available formula (aka packages), requires you to install brew first of course.

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If you don't want to install Homebrew first (in order to see all the publicly available packages with brew search as patrix answered), you could browse the Library/Formula/ folder on GitHub to see which packages are available — and how they will be installed.

Note: GitHub lists only the first 1000 files from a directory; which is far less than the number of Homebrew Formulae (3111 and counting). You can search for a known / partially known filename with file finder (or press t when at directory listing).

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If you want an browser friendly option, there is the online

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Here is another site for searching packages:

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