Is there any advantage of installing python 3 through homebrew vs through the installer from https://www.python.org/ or vice verse (except that the installer can give me the latest version)?

I try both and I can't find the difference.

  • You may wish to consider MacPorts as an alternative to homebrew. – Seamus Oct 10 at 23:03
  • MacPorts is essentially the same thing as homebrew—a package manager. OP is asking for the difference between using a package manner and an installer, so this doesn't really help. – Nate Oct 11 at 1:23
  • @Nate: I've used homebrew (a few years ago), and I think a suggestion to use MacPorts instead of homebrew is quite helpful. :) – Seamus Oct 11 at 23:32
  • @Seamus I knew MacPorts but I have never tried it. So what is advantage of it over homebrew ? – Qiulang Oct 12 at 2:03
  • I find MacPorts far less confusing. Perhaps I'm biased, but in my mind MacPorts is a better version of apt (Debian's package manager), and apt is quite good. And I like beer as much as the next person, but all of the beer jargon homebrew uses never made sense to me. Wrt your question about any advantage of direct install vs a package manager, I think that advantage becomes clear once you get more than 2 or 3 packages installed: it's convenience. You have one interface to update all your packages instead of having to update them manually yourself. – Seamus Oct 12 at 4:37

I'd say it's entirely a matter of personal preference, as to whether you like to use HomeBrew or not.

There was a recent post about some problem with brew python, but it may be a local issue, or have been fixed. Python 3 'json' module is actually corrupted

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