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Homebrew: Permissions Denied Issue Fix (OS X / macOS)

Homebrew Permissions Denied Issues Solution

sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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ldong commented Sep 22, 2015

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local

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timothylombrana commented Sep 29, 2015

Thank you for your help.

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wealthychef1 commented Mar 12, 2016

Um, sounds great, unless there are TWO users on your system, and the other one wants to use brew as well. Then what? This is horrible and makes me think I should definitely not use brew.

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cedx commented Mar 14, 2016

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local : a bad idea too ! I don't see why sudoing Homebrew is a worst idea.

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ryanjsfx commented Jul 26, 2016

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local is a terrible idea! I'd rather just sudo when installing; I'm switching to macports

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aleczadikian commented Dec 30, 2016

I don't understand why this package manager shouldn't run as root like all other package managers do. Can we just get an option to run brew as root like there used to be (chown'ing brew to root)? I can't install anything without destroying all my permissions. I switched to MacPorts long ago just because of this, but a few things require Homebrew still.

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aleczadikian commented Dec 30, 2016

Here's what I did to force Homebrew to run as root:
cd /usr/local/Homebrew/Library/Homebrew
Edit brew.sh, look for "Running Homebrew as root is extremely dangerous and no longer supported" (line 250 in my version), delete the check.

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EmadMokhtar commented Mar 1, 2017

Perfect it worked for other error, but it is related to Permission denied.

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065673 commented Jun 12, 2017

Before
~/scripts/ripe-atlas-community-contrib$ brew link --overwrite python
Linking /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.13... Error: Permission denied - /usr/local/Frameworks
After
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/
Result
brew link --overwrite python
Linking /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.13... 321 symlinks created == πŸ‘

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aljex commented Jul 14, 2017

"I switched to MacPorts long ago just because of this" Me too.

It is utterly insane that a package/ports manager actually instructs and requires something so wrong. The justifications cited in their faq essentially serves as self-documenting automatic disqualification from any conversation about system design and operation. That whole section of the faq is just one wrong statement built on top of a previous wrong statement, built on yet an earlier wrong statement. The faq should serve as proof why not to touch any software produced by anyone who produced that faq.

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pointum commented Oct 21, 2017

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

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neilrencn commented Nov 1, 2017

@pointum
it worked well for us.

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giovanigenerali commented Nov 13, 2017

@pointum thanks!

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johnnymatthews commented Nov 14, 2017

@pointum, running sudo install -d -o ($whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks allowed me to propely link my Python install. Thanks.

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mihkell commented Nov 16, 2017

sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/* is the how todo it in High Sierra

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sidepelican commented Nov 19, 2017

@pointum thanks!

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Sam-Butler commented Nov 28, 2017

@pointum that did the trick

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qiuhuaqi commented Nov 29, 2017

@pointum Thanks for the tip, sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin worked for me too. Could you (or someone) explain what this line does? (yep I ran a sudo command before understanding what it is ...)

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iSteveyang commented Dec 1, 2017

@pointum Thanks!

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yfenes commented Dec 8, 2017

@pointum Thanks! It worked for me too.

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kode54 commented Dec 12, 2017

Bailed to MacPorts.

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annjawn commented Dec 19, 2017

@pointum that worked for me too. Thank you!

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aether2501 commented Dec 19, 2017

after upgrading to High Sierra, uninstall brew & re-install with the below command to ensure the linking to the brew github and associated permissions to the local folder work correctly:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

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ThuggishNuggets commented Dec 21, 2017

@aether2501 wrote:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

This worked perfectly. No mucking around with permissions myself, just reinstalled Homebrew and it works!

Sucks that brew doctor isn't able to fix this.

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MacMeDan commented Jan 1, 2018

@aether2501 is my hero.

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zhjuncai commented Jan 2, 2018

@pointum save my morning.... thanks

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syokensyo commented Jan 10, 2018

@aether2501
awesome solution!

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alexdd55 commented Jan 10, 2018

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
this works perfect. thanks!

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j3pic commented Jan 12, 2018

The procedure above didn't work for me. All permissions seemed correct as far as I could tell with /bin/ls. My solution was to edit /usr/local/Homebrew/Library/Homebrew/brew.sh and comment out the line that checks if it's running as root.

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idevz commented Jan 14, 2018

@pointum thanks!

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goelmk commented Jan 19, 2018

@pointum thanks!

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rohan20 commented Jan 20, 2018

@aether2501 Thanks alot!

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bitakou commented Jan 24, 2018

a command from @pointum really helps!
Thank you <3

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emanoelopes commented Jan 25, 2018

@pointum thanks!

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DanDvoracek commented Jan 27, 2018

Thanks @pointum !

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gauravparvadiya commented Feb 15, 2018

Thanks @pointum

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stellamiranda commented Feb 20, 2018

thanks @pointum !

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Rondim commented Feb 27, 2018

thanks @pointum

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Linesmerrill commented Mar 2, 2018

Thanks @mihkell

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samhigh commented Mar 16, 2018

@mihkell thanks!

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gregaeq commented Mar 20, 2018

@mihkell & @pointum Thanks

My solution was similar, my directory /usr/local/Frameworks didn't exist yet, I was able to just sudo mkdir Frameworks && sudo chown $(whoami) Frameworks/. After that, running brew link python worked.

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salmanwaheed commented Mar 26, 2018

πŸ‘

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rjforbes commented Apr 12, 2018

@gregaeq I did the same with success. OSX 10.13.3

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profmocs commented Apr 25, 2018

I just changed the group recursively of /usr/local to wheel, made /usr/local and it contents group writable, and added myself to the wheel group.

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FumiyaShibusawa commented May 6, 2018

@gregaeq thanks, it worked with that!

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christianwgd commented May 9, 2018

I agree with aljex, this speaks for itself:

iMac:~ username$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
This script requires the user username to be an Administrator.
iMac:~ username$ sudo /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Password:
Don't run this as root!
iMac:~ username$
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gabriel-a commented May 15, 2018

/usr/local can no longer be chowned in High Sierra.

I tried this.
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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caiocesarf commented May 15, 2018

thanks! @pointum

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chuckiefan commented May 21, 2018

@pointum Thank you, it works for me!

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Jkim55 commented Jun 5, 2018

@aether2501, thanks!!

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manideepak5298 commented Jun 9, 2018

@aether2501, thanks. It really helped me.

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PhyllisWong commented Jun 19, 2018

Didn't work for me:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local

However this command did:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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OxyFlax commented Jun 29, 2018

Thank you @PhyllisWong, it worked like a charm

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aareeph commented Jul 7, 2018

@pointum your solutioni worked like a charm! Thanks! :)

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brannonh commented Jul 9, 2018

@aether2501's solution worked perfectly for me. Reinstalling Homebrew seems like the best option here.

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RoRroland commented Jul 10, 2018

this one works for me. sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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raviranjan0631 commented Jul 20, 2018

it was due to npm cache error and it can be solved by
clearing the cache
"npm cache clear --force"

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lanhongvp commented Aug 23, 2018

Thanks @mihkell.
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*
This finally works.

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danilodelponte commented Sep 17, 2018

I had this issue when installing python:

Error: An unexpected error occurred during the `brew link` step
The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local
Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks
Error: Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

Then I ran brew doctor and got this:

Warning: The following directories do not exist:
/usr/local/sbin
/usr/local/Frameworks

You should create these directories and change their ownership to your account.
  sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/Frameworks
  sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/Frameworks

Warning: You have unlinked kegs in your Cellar
Leaving kegs unlinked can lead to build-trouble and cause brews that depend on
those kegs to fail to run properly once built. Run `brew link` on these:
  python

The folders really didn't exist, as @gregaeq pointed out (thanks!!), after running those lines it worked πŸ‘

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SuriyaMohan89 commented Oct 12, 2018

Saved me! Thanks

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Kendysond commented Oct 21, 2018

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

This worked for me. Thanks @pointum

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naivefun commented Oct 30, 2018

try sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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Njarif commented Nov 20, 2018

@aether2501 wrote:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

This worked perfectly. No mucking around with permissions myself, just reinstalled Homebrew and it works!

Sucks that brew doctor isn't able to fix this.

@aether2501 wrote:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

This worked perfectly. No mucking around with permissions myself, just reinstalled Homebrew and it works!

Sucks that brew doctor isn't able to fix this.

after upgrading to High Sierra, uninstall brew & re-install with the below command to ensure the linking to the brew github and associated permissions to the local folder work correctly:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Thank you for this. Saved me after 8 hours of a problematic first install.

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msimonc commented Nov 21, 2018

Worked for me on Mac OSX:
cd /usr/local
ls -l Homebrew (to get the owner and group)
sudo mkdir Frameworks
sudo chown owner:group Frameworks

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ignoracenfly commented Nov 21, 2018

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

nice

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Bas-Schrodinger commented Nov 22, 2018

after upgrading to High Sierra, uninstall brew & re-install with the below command to ensure the linking to the brew github and associated permissions to the local folder work correctly:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

This worked perfect for me! I just uninstalled and reinstalled brew & now it works fine.

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rakshitsoni02 commented Nov 28, 2018

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
this works perfect. thanks!

Worked thanks

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LiWenGu commented Dec 1, 2018

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Worked thanks

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kyihtooag commented Dec 6, 2018

Thanks @pointum

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Aldizh commented Dec 13, 2018

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Totally agree, worked like a charm!

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calramen commented Dec 20, 2018

Hi all - just upgraded to High Sierra recently. I found this thread while trying to solve the permissions issue with brew.

I tried uninstalling brew in hopes to reinstall it again to get rid of the permissions thing, but even that had errors:

computername β–Ά userme β–Ά /usr/local/Homebrew β–Ά β‘‚ stable + β–Ά ο£Ώ β–Ά ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/uninstall)"
Warning: This script will remove:
/Users/userme/Library/Caches/Homebrew/
/Users/userme/Library/Logs/Homebrew/
/usr/local/Cellar/
/usr/local/Homebrew/
/usr/local/Homebrew/.github/
/usr/local/Homebrew/CHANGELOG.md
/usr/local/Homebrew/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md
/usr/local/Homebrew/LICENSE.txt
/usr/local/Homebrew/Library/
/usr/local/Homebrew/Library/Homebrew/test/.bundle/config
/usr/local/Homebrew/bin/brew
/usr/local/Homebrew/completions/
/usr/local/Homebrew/docs/
/usr/local/Homebrew/manpages/
/usr/local/bin/brew -> /usr/local/Homebrew/bin/brew
/usr/local/etc/bash_completion.d/brew -> /usr/local/Homebrew/completions/bash/brew
/usr/local/share/doc/homebrew -> /usr/local/Homebrew/docs
/usr/local/share/man/man1/brew-cask.1 -> /usr/local/Homebrew/manpages/brew-cask.1
/usr/local/share/man/man1/brew.1 -> /usr/local/Homebrew/manpages/brew.1
/usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions/_brew -> /usr/local/Homebrew/completions/zsh/_brew
/usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions/_brew_cask -> /usr/local/Homebrew/completions/zsh/_brew_cask
/usr/local/var/homebrew/
Are you sure you want to uninstall Homebrew? This will remove your installed packages! [y/N] y
==> Removing Homebrew installation...
==> Removing empty directories...
==> /usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/find /usr/local/bin /usr/local/etc /usr/local/include /usr/local/lib /usr/local/opt /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/share /usr/local/var /usr/local/Cellar /usr/local/Homebrew /usr/local/Frameworks -name .DS_Store -delete
Password:
==> /usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/find /usr/local/bin /usr/local/etc /usr/local/include /usr/local/lib /usr/local/opt /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/share /usr/local/var /usr/local/Cellar /usr/local/Homebrew /usr/local/Frameworks -depth -type d -empty -exec rmdir {} ;
rmdir: /usr/local/opt: Permission denied
rmdir: /usr/local/var: Permission denied
rmdir: /usr/local/Cellar: Permission denied
rmdir: /usr/local/Homebrew: Permission denied
rmdir: /usr/local/Frameworks: Permission denied
==> /usr/bin/sudo rmdir /usr/local/Homebrew
rmdir: /usr/local/Homebrew: Permission denied
Warning: Failed during: /usr/bin/sudo rmdir /usr/local/Homebrew
Warning: Homebrew partially uninstalled (but there were steps that failed)!
To finish uninstalling rerun this script with sudo.
The following possible Homebrew files were not deleted:
/usr/local/bin/
/usr/local/.com.apple.installer.keep
/usr/local/jamf/
/usr/local/include/
/usr/local/sbin/
/usr/local/remotedesktop/
/usr/local/etc/
/usr/local/Homebrew/
/usr/local/var/
/usr/local/McAfee/
/usr/local/lib/
/usr/local/opt/
/usr/local/Frameworks/
/usr/local/Cellar/
/usr/local/share/
You may wish to remove them yourself.

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jasanchezo commented Jan 3, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Great! Work in Mojave too. Regards!

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skiabox commented Jan 4, 2019

@jasanchezo Awesome man!!!I confirm that this command works in Mojave!

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taiji85 commented Jan 5, 2019

after upgrading to High Sierra, uninstall brew & re-install with the below command to ensure the linking to the brew github and associated permissions to the local folder work correctly:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Thank you! Worked for me as well. - Mojave 10.14.2

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inarli commented Jan 14, 2019

Thanks.

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wangmeijian commented Jan 16, 2019

Thanks.

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marcstraka commented Jan 23, 2019

This worked for me as I could now chown all of /usr/local/

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

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ctechdev commented Jan 26, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.
For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Great! Work in Mojave too. Regards!

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Work fine for me on Mojave, i used
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/Homebrew

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g4d commented Jan 30, 2019

after upgrading to High Sierra, uninstall brew & re-install with the below command to ensure the linking to the brew github and associated permissions to the local folder work correctly:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

ftw. years later. thanks.

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ghost commented Feb 3, 2019

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local

It works for me

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francois-roget commented Feb 4, 2019

Worked for me!

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swateek commented Feb 5, 2019

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/*

The slash and start was needed in my case.

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begrafx commented Feb 6, 2019

I used this, and it seems to have helped, HOWEVER the system seems to be slower now. BREW commands seem to have more lag to them. Any ideas how to fix this?

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Tmstone commented Feb 12, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

I tried the fix above today to create a brew python link and it worked. Thanks @pointum

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jadibrahim commented Mar 11, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.
For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

I tried the fix above today to create a brew python link and it worked. Thanks @pointum

I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS FOR SOOO LONG!!! Thank you so much man, really appreciate you sharing this!!

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mouuuton commented Mar 12, 2019

Thanks @pointum !

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Bloodsucker commented Mar 12, 2019

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
this works perfect. thanks!

Worked thanks

THIS is the correct solution. You need to update/install homebrew.

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andfinally commented Mar 13, 2019

Thanks @Bloodsucker, worked nicely for me, no need to reinstall Brew packages.

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dresean commented Mar 15, 2019

sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

Re: High Sierra:
This worked for me, thanks @mihkell!

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momise92 commented Mar 18, 2019

npm cache clear --force

Thanks you this work for me

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maxwellmckinnon commented Mar 21, 2019

Why is this the solution instead of making brew install as sudo properly?

I guess brew users have no more than one user on their system?

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DeterminedNow commented Mar 24, 2019

Thanks @aether2501 for your solution to this problem. I’m trying to comply with the requirements for getting the multiplatform Boden framework installed on Mac OS Mojave, for Android builds.
The third and last step was to run,
brew install python3 cmake but it gave,
Error: An unexpected error occurred during the brew link step
The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local
Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

I ran that script you recommended,

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

It worked perfectly.

Again, I ran, brew install python3 cmake, but got

Warning: python 3.7.2_2 is already installed, it's just not linked
You can use brew link python to link this version.

So, ran
brew link python getting:
Linking /usr/local/Cellar/python/3.7.2_2... 20 symlinks created.
Success, I suppose :-)

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mhijack commented Mar 25, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Thank you!!!!

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Ivarssonjorgen commented Mar 26, 2019

@pointum Thanks! It worked. Problem solved!

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Cooshif commented Apr 5, 2019

@pointum It worked! Thanks a lot!!!

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vuduychuong commented Apr 7, 2019

High Sierra:
This worked for me, thanks!

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estelondono commented Apr 8, 2019

@pointum Thank you! It worked like a charmed.

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frozenfung commented Apr 10, 2019

@j3pic
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jpinnix commented Apr 10, 2019

@pointum Thank you!

https://gist.github.com/irazasyed/7732946#gistcomment-2235469 is the direct link to his comment

Also, if you use fish it doesn't need the $ before (whoami):

sudo install -d -o (whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

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alexanderslash commented Apr 17, 2019

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

this worked for me in this case.

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DiddyKong47 commented Apr 22, 2019

Thank You [High Sierra(17G65)]
sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks
worked perfectly

then, just had to relink with
brew link python

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Ayesha-Mulla commented Apr 24, 2019

if you are using terminal,
login with local user, and then you can run this script

sudo chown -R $USER <directory_project>

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Jordanairwave commented May 2, 2019

@pointum You command worked for me, Thank you.

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bowencool commented May 7, 2019

@pointum Thank you.

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Monil200 commented May 7, 2019

did sudo on the 2 directories it was complaining for

sudo chmod u+w /usr/local/share/man/man8
sudo chmod u+w /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig

boom success

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farikarimi commented May 8, 2019

@aether2501 thanks! wasn't sure about messing with the permissions myself either, and this solved the problem!

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fhefh2015 commented May 14, 2019

Error: An unexpected error occurred during the `brew link` step
The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local
Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks
Error: Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

How to solve:

sudo mkdir /usr/local/Frameworks
sudo chown $(whoami):admin /usr/local/Frameworks

It works fine for me

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Payel-Dutta28 commented May 16, 2019

@pointum
it worked well for me. Thanks!!

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ryan57bh commented May 19, 2019

Thank you a lot! This works for me. High Sierra 10.13.6

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anandgargate commented May 23, 2019

Thanks @pointum. Works for me.

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tqwhite commented May 31, 2019

Worked for me on Mojave. It's also true that you don't need to do the whole directory. No apparent harm to doing it all though.

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dyangqaq commented Jun 21, 2019

Thanks @pointum

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marcinkornek commented Jun 26, 2019

Thanks @pointum

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benoitMariaux commented Jun 29, 2019

thanks @pointum

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amelialin commented Jul 9, 2019

thanks @mikhell!

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yoksel commented Jul 23, 2019

@pointum Thanks!

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cemdede commented Jul 30, 2019

Thanks @mihkell.
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*
Worked for High Sierra, installed xml2 to RedHat server

This was causing problems while installing R's 'tidyverse' package

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hrytskivr commented Aug 3, 2019

Thank you, just works

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YEMEAC commented Sep 16, 2019

thank you!

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MichaelMichaelMichaelMichaelMichael commented Sep 16, 2019

Thanks, this saved my a.. :)

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sieroniekuggy commented Sep 18, 2019

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/sbin /usr/local/Frameworks

this one worked for me. thanks!

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moonyd97 commented Sep 19, 2019

worked perfectly

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petzi53 commented Sep 21, 2019

On Mojave:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local
Didn't work for me.

However this command did:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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Agusnez commented Oct 1, 2019

On Mojave:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local
Didn't work for me.

However this command did:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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mattdamon108 commented Oct 2, 2019

@pointum Thanks!

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davdpwr commented Oct 3, 2019

sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/Homebrew

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luongthomas commented Oct 4, 2019

The top command worked for me, thank you. I can go back to installing cmus now.

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SeanRenet commented Oct 5, 2019

@mihkell's answer worked for me. Thank you

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obrien-k commented Oct 14, 2019

Ran this to resolve on Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL): Debian:
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /home/linuxbrew

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derekedelaney commented Oct 21, 2019

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Thanks @pointum!
For those wondering what that command does: checkout explainshell

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findli commented Oct 22, 2019

dere

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.
For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Thanks @pointum!
For those wondering what that command does: checkout explainshell

thank you!

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robertopinotti commented Oct 23, 2019

Hi, macOS 10.15 here.

I tried
sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks
and
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/Homebrew
BUT same problem:
Error: Permission denied @ apply2files - /usr/local/share/ghostscript/9.27/Resource/CIDFSubst/ipaexg.ttf

I fixed with this:
sudo chown -R "$(whoami)":admin /usr/local/lib
and
brew link --overwrite node
source

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derekedelaney commented Oct 23, 2019

@robertopinotti, looks like you need permission to use /usr/local/share. /usr/local/Frameworks won't work for you.

Have you tried sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/share?

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sophiesanz commented Oct 31, 2019

@aether2501 This worked for me:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
then
brew tap mongodb/brew

Thanks a lot!

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RushS commented Nov 3, 2019

Thanks @pointum! It's worked for me

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mohamedshrif995 commented Nov 8, 2019

thanks it work for me

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nhaglind commented Nov 12, 2019

That worked, thanks!

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nkuperwasser commented Nov 26, 2019

I just found this on Stackoverflow, but from there, since the original call to install homebrew is a ruby command, Catalina OS uses the permissions from that call...https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/53026/how-to-restore-file-system-access-in-macos-catalina, and once I applied the workaround, home-brew installed with no problems....

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usmanasif commented Jan 27, 2020

That worked for me.. Thanks.

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teclaelvis01 commented Feb 25, 2020

Working for me with:

sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*

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gowrishcode commented Feb 28, 2020

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Thanks it works

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viraths commented Mar 14, 2020

I ran brew doctor and it gave me following suggestions and it perfectly worked.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/Frameworks /usr/local/sbin
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/Frameworks /usr/local/sbin
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anhnt commented Mar 23, 2020

No need to chown the whole /usr/local if brew only fails to create a single directory.

For example, I fixed this error:

Permission denied @ dir_s_mkdir - /usr/local/Frameworks

With this command:

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

it works thanks

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KimGenius commented Mar 24, 2020

sudo install -d -o $(whoami) -g admin /usr/local/Frameworks

Thank you!

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