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I am new to Mac OS command line, I want to use either of apt-get or yum.

Can anyone help me to install them and make them successful running?

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Why do you want to install them? What software do you want to install that you expect to find as .deb or .rpm files which will work on an OS X install? – Michael Kjörling Jun 26 '13 at 11:08
Both utilities are too Linux-specific (and/or too Fedora/Debian-specific) so they won't work on OSX without serious effort on your part,so Michael's question stands: what exactly is it you want to do? – schaiba Jun 26 '13 at 11:30

If you want the equivalent to apt-get or yum on Mac OS X, you have two choices.

  1. Homebrew: http://brew.sh
  2. Macports: http://www.macports.org

You can use brew install PACKAGE_NAME or port install PACKAGE_NAME to install the package available.

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There are guides on how to run Hombrew side-by-side with Macports or Fink, but it is generally recommended to choose one and stick with it. Homebrew is pretty much the standard these days. There is only a single instance I can recall personally, where a package I needed was available via Macports and not Homebrew, and that was an X11-based GUI browser -- Firefox, I believe, which would have been really nice to browse with over SSH in some specific localhost scenario I was working with at the time. It's just a personal preference thing, mostly. Homebrew is the best and most user-friendly, IMHO. – rubynorails Dec 12 '15 at 4:57

It is possible to use apt-get on OS X 10.9 like Deb based Linux using a third party software named Fink - How to Install apt-get on Mac OS X. However, unlike Homebrew and OS X Package Managers, Fink does not use /usr/local/ path to install software. It simply means, Fink is for a bit advanced users who can handle the software conflicts (for difference in version). Homebrew, to me is the best package manager...

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You need to install either Homebrew or YUM. I recommend using HomeBrew. To install it enter the following command in terminal.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" 

then use brew install Package_name

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Does ruby come pre-installed with each OSX? – Anthon Apr 3 '15 at 14:07
@Anthon: Yes, for several years now. – cdunn2001 May 15 '15 at 8:23

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