More useful Homebrew searches #macOS #homebrew
Homebrew, the third-party package manager on macOS, allows searching for packages by name, but the list that comes out only contains package names. That's not always very useful, particulary when you are not sure what you are looking for.
To get the package description along with the package name simply add
--desc to your
brew search command.
For example, let's look for a library for performing file diffs with color highlighting:
$ brew search --desc diff apgdiff: Another PostgreSQL diff tool cdiff: View colored diff with side by side and auto pager support cern-ndiff: Numerical diff tool colordiff: Color-highlighted diff(1) output cppad: Differentiation of C++ Algorithms dhex: Ncurses based advanced hex editor featuring diff mode and more diff-so-fancy: Good-lookin' diffs with diff-highlight and more ...
You can also search using regex in both the description and name of the package as long as you supply the
$ brew search --desc /[cC]olor.*[dD]iff/ cdiff: View colored diff with side by side and auto pager support colordiff: Color-highlighted diff(1) output icdiff: Improved colored diff