I'm just about to finally update my MacBook Pro to macOS Mojave, hoping that the issues have all been resolved. But when I got this new machine I changed from using MacPorts to using Homebrew.

When I used MacPorts, I had a (semi-successful) recipe for handling an OS upgrade: save a list of the ports, remove the MacPorts installation, install the new OS, install the new developer tools, install MacPorts, and then slog through the saved port list and update (since inevitably the set of ports would have changed).

What's the corresponding recipe for Homebrew? I have searched for "brew update Mojave" and found nothing.

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    Why don't you just run brew update; brew upgrade, without removing anything before doing the macOS upgrade? I never did anything special for Homebrew when upgrading the OS. – nohillside May 10 at 16:16

Homebrew manages all updating/upgrading by itself. You just need to run brew update; brew upgrade every once in a while(and you can do it after upgrading macOS). brew update will update the list of available formulae, and brew upgrade will upgrade any outdated packages.

If you like, everything can be scripted as well:

  1. Run the macOS installer: startosinstall
  2. Run all macOS updates for Xcode, etc..: softwareupdate -ai
  3. Update homebrew itself: brew upgrade
  4. Upgrade all the software homebrew installed brew update

You don't need to remove/uninstall anything before upgrading macOS. Just download the macOS Mojave installer from the App Store, and follow the instructions to install the new OS like normal.

  • I'll edit how I do this to explicitly mention upgrading Xcode / command line tools. Home-brew will complain when it detects this, but I think it helps people plan. – bmike May 11 at 12:53
  • @abc, it will be useful to add a fifth step - brew cleanup to remove old versions of installed formulae, for space saving. – Yoan May 11 at 14:12
  • brew commands for 3 & 4 are swapped – spinup Sep 25 at 21:13

I'm unable to comment, but you should also run brew cask upgrade after upgrading macOS to update any desktop applications you've installed with Cask.

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