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To install, drag this icon no more!

Homebrew Cask extends Homebrew and brings its elegance, simplicity, and speed to OS X applications and large binaries.

I came across Homebrew Cask because I wanted to start using Sublime Text 3. For that I needed to uninstall Sublime Text 2. To do that all I could find to do was to take the icon and drag it into the trash can. I do not know how thuo this process is or even understood the installing process of dragging the icon into the Application folder. I started thinking if there was a way that I could install these programs like I do tools using Homebrew that also has the benefit of allowing me to uninstall these programs in an easy one line uninstall command.

Thank you, internet; people were already way ahead of me. I came across “Homebrew Cask.” To install this, all I had to do was enter in my Terminal:

$ brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask

Before installing anything with brew, make sure it’s up to date. In the Terminal type:

$ brew update

Then type:

$ brew doctor

if everything is good it will print out the following message:

> Your system is ready to brew.

Now with Homebrew Cask installed you can now quickly in command line install programs like Google Chrome.

$ brew cask install google-chrome
==> Downloading
==> Success! google-chrome installed to /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom/google-chrome/stable-channel
==> Linking Google to /Users/username/Applications/Google

The best part is now I can easily uninstall in my wished-for one-line command:

$ brew cask uninstall google-chrome

Now the time has finally come to install Sublime Text 3

$ brew tap caskroom/versions
$ brew cask install sublime-text3