Is there a way to determine which Homebrew packages have been installed the most times, either in the recent past or all-time? It would make it easier to determine which formulae are the most useful, and to discover new software I may not have heard of. Currently, I just use homebrew when I find out "I need to install this" for some dependency.

  • Good Q - I asked the same on Superuser, to no avail thus far though. – njboot Aug 22 '14 at 14:41
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    We have the information for bottled formulae but not from the source ones. Releasing the anonymised downloads data is on our (long) TODO list. – bfontaine Oct 28 '15 at 9:44

Homebrew has been collecting anonymized analytics data and is sharing it at https://brew.sh/analytics

Here is a list of the most popular packages that people explicitly install (not as a dependency of something else): https://brew.sh/analytics/install-on-request/

Here is a list of most frequently installed packages, which may include dependencies: https://brew.sh/analytics/install/

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