I want to use either of apt-get or yum.

How 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?
    – user
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 11:08
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    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
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 11:30
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    obviously OP is asking about the equivalent -- seriously...
    – aequalsb
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 17:31
  • By the way, for installing SDKs (software development kits) such as Java JDK on macOS, I suggest using SDKMAN!, a slick set of shell scripts. Commented Mar 25, 2023 at 6:29

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If you want the equivalent of 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. Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 4:57
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    what is the exact syntax to install apt-get ? brew install apt-get gives "Error: No available formula with the name "apt-get"
    – Daniele
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 15:20
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    @Daniele idea here is brew install would be the equivalent of apt-get and not use apt-get through brew.
    – Gautam
    Commented Jun 21, 2019 at 7:44
  • @rubynorails you mentioned guides for installing homebrew side-by-side with Fink. Can you link me to one? I'm having trouble locating one Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 1:32
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    @kraftydevil It has been 4 years since I posted this, and brew has become pretty much the standard as far as package managers go for MacOS. However, if you know how both package managers work and where all of the files live, I believe it should still be possible. https://stackoverflow.com/a/20889841 Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 15:29

You need to install either Homebrew or YUM. To install Homebrew enter the following command in terminal.

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

then use brew install Package_name

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    Does ruby come pre-installed with each OSX?
    – Anthon
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 14:07
  • @Anthon: Yes, for several years now.
    – cdunn2001
    Commented May 15, 2015 at 8:23
  • Thanks for including the command line download for HomeBrew. Beautiful.
    – shiri
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 9:05
  • Actually the official brew site recommends the following command for Mac and Linux. Consider updating the answer: /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)" Commented May 30, 2020 at 16:30

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...

  • This is the correct answer if one wants to run apt and use Debian packages on the Mac. Commented May 6, 2022 at 4:03

Installing Homebrew

Open terminal and type:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)" `

Using Homebrew

Open terminal and do one of the following:

  • Installing casks (applications)
    brew cask install PKG
  • Installing kegs (command line tools and other packages)
    brew install PKG
  • Uninstalling kegs or casks (any packages)
    brew uninstall PKG
  • Uninstalling all kegs installed with homebrew
    brew uninstall /usr/local/Cellar/*
  • Searching for a package
    brew search PKG
  • List installed packages
    brew list
  • Replace PKG with the name of the package.

Uninstalling Homebrew

  • Big Sur, Catalina, and Mojave: Open terminal and type:
    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/uninstall.sh)"
  • High Sierra, and earlier Open terminal and type:
    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/uninstall)"

Hope this helps!


These are some other way

visit https://sdkman.io/

# you can use sdk install command to install software
$ sdk install package_name


MacdeMacBook-Pro$ sdk install java 8.0.191-oracle

Oracle requires that you agree with the Oracle Binary Code License Agreement
prior to installation. The license agreement can be found at:


Do you agree to the terms of this agreement? (Y/n): Y

Downloading: java 8.0.191-oracle

In progress...
########################## 100.0%
We will be needing super powers...

Repackaging Java 8u191...
Attaching to the DMG...
Mounting DMG as Volume...
Volume(s) mounted successfully
Installing PKG inside DMG...
installer: Package name is JDK 8 Update 191
installer: Installing at base path /
installer: The install was successful.
Copy JDK Home to temp folder...
Preparing archive...
Unmounting volume...
"/Volumes/JDK 8 Update 191" unmounted successfully.
Done repackaging...
Cleaning up cookie...

Installing: java 8.0.191-oracle
Done installing!

Setting java 8.0.191-oracle as default.
MacdeMacBook-Pro:Homebrew mac$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_191"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)

Homebrew and MacPorts are the better known alternatives, so i wont spend time on those here aswell.

I am a heavy Fedora/Centos user who recently had to learn how to get Mac os to behave as much as Linux as possible. I think the best package manager i have found is pkgsrc: available here https://pkgsrc.joyent.com/

Pkgsrc has some 20000 packages, 4x HomeBrew - give it a go :-)


Short answer is, you can use brew or macports on MacOS

To Install Homebrew

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Using Homebrew commands:

Open terminal and do one of the following:

Installing casks (applications)

brew cask install <package>

Installing kegs (command line tools and other packages)

brew install <package>

Uninstalling kegs or casks (any packages)

brew uninstall <package>

install pkg

$ sdk install or i [version]

uninstall pkg

$ sdk uninstall or rm

list avaliable pkg

$ sdk list or ls [candidate] # $ sdk use or u [version] $ sdk default or d [version] $ sdk current or c [candidate] $ sdk upgrade or ug [candidate]

show current version of sdk manager

$ sdk version or v $ sdk broadcast or b $ sdk help or h $ sdk offline [enable|disable] $ sdk selfupdate [force] $ sdk update $ sdk flush

  • This doesn't answer the question at all. The question is specifically about getting APT or YUM working on OS X, not about the general usage of sdk.
    – TooTea
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 10:23
  • I agree with @TooTea. This makes no effort to answer the specific question.
    – Mig82
    Commented May 15, 2019 at 8:49

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