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TL; DR

export HOMEBREW_NO_ANALYTICS=1
brew analytics off

Introduction

Homebrew is a popular package manager used to install and manage software on macOS. However, as of version 2.2.0, Homebrew enabled analytics tracking by default. This means that Homebrew will collect and send anonymous usage data to the Homebrew maintainers. While this information is used to improve Homebrew, some users may not be comfortable with their data being collected. This blog post will guide you through the steps to disable Homebrew analytics on your macOS device.

Disabling Homebrew Analytics

To disable Homebrew analytics, you need to set the HOMEBREW_NO_ANALYTICS environment variable. Here are the steps to disable Homebrew analytics on macOS:

  1. Open Terminal on your macOS device.
  2. Type the following command to open your ~/.bash_profile file:
nano ~/.bash_profile
  1. Add the following line at the bottom of the file:
export HOMEBREW_NO_ANALYTICS=1
  1. Press Ctrl + O to save the changes.
  2. Press Ctrl + X to exit Nano.
  3. Type the following command to reload your ~/.bash_profile file:
source ~/.bash_profile

After following these steps, Homebrew analytics will be disabled on your macOS device.

Verifying Homebrew Analytics Status

You may want to verify that Homebrew analytics is disabled on your device. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal on your macOS device.
  2. Type the following command to check the status of Homebrew analytics:
brew analytics
  1. If Homebrew analytics is disabled, you should see the following message:
Analytics disabled: no

If you see a different message or error, you may need to repeat the steps above to disable Homebrew analytics.

Conclusion

Disabling Homebrew analytics is a simple way to protect your privacy on macOS. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can disable Homebrew analytics and ensure that your data is not being collected by Homebrew. Remember to always be mindful of the data that is collected by the software you use and take steps to protect your privacy when necessary.

Reference

  • https://docs.brew.sh/Analytics
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