Part of my dotfiles strategy is to automate most of initial setup in all of my Linux and Unix environments. Although most attention goes towards dedicated and virtual servers, I do explore options for automating my primary macOS workstation – and that's where Homebrew just keeps on helping.
Install Brave browser in macOS
Yes, the easiest is to download package from the official Brave website. There's an auto-update functionality there too, to be fair. But regular updates can't be easily automated. That's why I think brew install of Brave is a better solution – plus you can update quite a few software packages all at once at regular intervals if you manage them via brew.
IMPORTANT: you will need to remove the previous Brave browser installation, otherwise brew will give you an error:
Once that is done, simply run:
$ brew cask install brave-browser
Here is how it will look, only takes a few seconds:
That's it! We've got the latest version of Brave installed:
Give Brave browser a try – it's fast and privacy friendly, which is a great combination. Think Brave Ads are coming to Europe and Brave Sync is something that's constantly being improved between mobile and desktop devices – I keep coming back to this browser to watch its progress.