If you have installed an application from GitHub using Homebrew on your Mac, you can open it even if it’s not located in the Applications folder. Here are a few methods you can try:
- Launch from Spotlight: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight search, then type in the name of the application or a keyword related to it. If the application is properly installed and accessible from the command line, Spotlight should be able to locate and open it.
- Launch from Terminal: Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and type the name of the application’s executable command. Often, Homebrew installs the application and places its executable in a location that is already part of your system’s PATH. Therefore, you should be able to run the application by typing its name in the Terminal and hitting Enter. For example:
- Create an Alias: If you frequently use the application and prefer a more convenient method to launch it, you can create an alias. Open your shell configuration file (e.g.,
~/.bash_profile) in a text editor, and add an alias for the application. For example, to create an alias named
myappfor the application, add the following line:bash
Save the file, and then restart your Terminal or run
source <configuration-file>to reload the changes. Now, you can simply type
myappin the Terminal to launch the application.
- Create a Desktop Shortcut: If you prefer a graphical method to launch the application, you can create a desktop shortcut. Find the application’s executable or binary file in the location where Homebrew installed it. Then, right-click on the file, select “Make Alias,” and move the alias to your desktop. You can double-click the alias to open the application.
Remember to replace
application-name with the actual name or command of the application you installed via Homebrew.
If none of these methods work or if the application is not designed to have a graphical interface, you may need to refer to the documentation or support resources specific to that application for further instructions on how to launch it.