I have installed an app from github on my Mac using Homebrew. How do I open it if it isn’t in the Applications folder?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  • application-name
  • 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., ~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc, or ~/.bash_profile) in a text editor, and add an alias for the application. For example, to create an alias named myapp for the application, add the following line:
  1. alias myapp='application-name'

    Save the file, and then restart your Terminal or run source <configuration-file> to reload the changes. Now, you can simply type myapp in the Terminal to launch the application.

  2. 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.

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