I think that it is better to install Git from Homebrew:

  1. Less size

  2. Install only what I need - I do not need LLVM compiler, for example.

  3. Faster install

  4. All packages in one place

  5. No need to re-install command line tools after every macOS upgrade.

  • Do you need only git? Have tried to install brew and git alone, without XCode? Sep 26, 2018 at 10:36
  • I do not installed XCode, only command-line-tools. But I think that for the future it is better to install Git from Homebrew. Sep 26, 2018 at 10:43
  • Does Homebrew work after an OS upgrade - the systems API will chnage - an git is updated more often than the OS. Don't you need the command line tools for Homebrew?
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 26, 2018 at 10:58
  • I googled what is inside the command-line-tools, but found only make, clang, perl, LLVM compiler - looks like Homebrew does not need anything of that. Sep 26, 2018 at 11:07

2 Answers 2


You need the command line tools to install Homebrew anyways, see: https://docs.brew.sh/Installation


  • An Intel CPU
  • macOS 10.12 or higher
  • Command Line Tools (CLT) for Xcode: xcode-select --install, developer.apple.com/downloads or Xcode

  • A Bourne-compatible shell for installation (e.g. bash or zsh)


As @Lizzan pointed out, the Command Line Tools are required in order to brew install git, but one advantage of the brewed git is that it is often updated more rapidly in response to security patches. For example, 3 days before this writing, homebrew git was updated to 2.19.1 to fix a security vulnerability, while the apple git is still at 2.17.1.

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