I want a software package that exists in the Homebrew package manager, but I don't want to install brew for it.

How can I get a pre-built binary for my macOS?


Go to https://brew.sh or https://formulae.brew.sh and search the tool of interest.

On the formula page, like Qt5 https://formulae.brew.sh/formula/qt#default, click the JSON file link: https://formulae.brew.sh/api/formula/qt.json

Find the link to the binary which is hosted at https://bintray.com as of now in the field named "url". Download the binary for your macOS version which can be found in the url itself.

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    And then perhaps find that it doesn't work, since you are not taking potential dependencies into account. Might work, might not work. – Marc Wilson Aug 4 at 20:26
  • Dependencies are also listed in the Json. This is good for standalone binaries people don’t want to build from source. – anki Aug 5 at 5:57
  • So I want $X, so I'm going to go to homebrew's repository, and then I'm going to read the JSON so I know what its deps are, then I'm going to read THOSE downloads to find out THEIR deps? Uh, no. I'd install homebrew before I'd go down the road of managing all that by hand, and I'm not installing the disaster that is homebrew. – Marc Wilson Aug 5 at 15:36
  • As if I shoved this down your throat huh ? See the linked questions for potential readers. – anki Aug 5 at 15:37
  • No, I'm pointing out how bad an idea I think it is. Some people would probably find managing all that fun. – Marc Wilson Aug 5 at 15:44

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