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Homebrew Taps

After releasing to GitHub, GitLab, or Gitea, GoReleaser can generate and publish a homebrew-tap recipe into a repository that you have access to.

The brews section specifies how the formula should be created. You can check the Homebrew documentation, and the formula cookbook for more details.

# .goreleaser.yaml
    # Name template of the recipe
    # Default to project name
    name: myproject

    # IDs of the archives to use.
    # Defaults to all.
    - foo
    - bar

    # GOARM to specify which 32-bit arm version to use if there are multiple
    # versions from the build section. Brew formulas support only one 32-bit
    # version.
    # Default is 6 for all artifacts or each id if there a multiple versions.
    goarm: 6

    # GOAMD64 to specify which amd64 version to use if there are multiple
    # versions from the build section.
    # Default is v1.
    goamd64: v3

    # NOTE: make sure the url_template, the token and given repo (github or
    # gitlab) owner and name are from the same kind.
    # We will probably unify this in the next major version like it is
    # done with scoop.

    # GitHub/GitLab repository to push the formula to
      # Repository owner template. (templateable)
      owner: user

      # Repository name. (templateable)
      name: homebrew-tap

      # Optionally a branch can be provided. (templateable)
      # Defaults to the default repository branch.
      branch: main

      # Optionally a token can be provided, if it differs from the token
      # provided to GoReleaser
      token: "{{ .Env.HOMEBREW_TAP_GITHUB_TOKEN }}"

    # Template for the url which is determined by the given Token (github,
    # gitlab or gitea)
    # Default depends on the client.
    url_template: "{{ .Tag }}/{{ .ArtifactName }}"

    # Allows you to set a custom download strategy. Note that you'll need
    # to implement the strategy and add it to your tap repository.
    # Example:
    # Default is empty.
    download_strategy: CurlDownloadStrategy

    # Allows you to add a custom require_relative at the top of the formula
    # template.
    # Default is empty
    custom_require: custom_download_strategy

    # Git author used to commit to the repository.
    # Defaults are shown.
      name: goreleaserbot
      email: [email protected]

    # The project name and current git tag are used in the format string.
    commit_msg_template: "Brew formula update for {{ .ProjectName }} version {{ .Tag }}"

    # Folder inside the repository to put the formula.
    # Default is the root folder.
    folder: Formula

    # Caveats for the user of your binary.
    # Default is empty.
    caveats: "How to use this binary"

    # Your app's homepage.
    # Default is empty.
    homepage: ""

    # Template of your app's description.
    # Default is empty.
    description: "Software to create fast and easy drum rolls."

    # SPDX identifier of your app's license.
    # Default is empty.
    license: "MIT"

    # Setting this will prevent goreleaser to actually try to commit the updated
    # formula - instead, the formula file will be stored on the dist folder only,
    # leaving the responsibility of publishing it to the user.
    # If set to auto, the release will not be uploaded to the homebrew tap
    # in case there is an indicator for prerelease in the tag e.g. v1.0.0-rc1
    # Default is false.
    skip_upload: true

    # Custom block for brew.
    # Can be used to specify alternate downloads for devel or head releases.
    # Default is empty.
    custom_block: |
      head ""

    # Packages your package depends on.
      - name: git
      - name: zsh
        type: optional
      - name: fish
        version: v1.2.3
      # if providing both version and type, only the type will be taken into
      # account.
      - name: elvish
        type: optional
        version: v1.2.3

    # Packages that conflict with your package.
      - svn
      - bash

    # Specify for packages that run as a service.
    # Default is empty.
    plist: |
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      # ...

    # Service block.
    # Since: v1.7.
    service: |
      run: foo/bar
      # ...

    # So you can `brew test` your formula.
    # Default is empty.
    test: |
      system "#{bin}/foo --version"
      # ...

    # Custom install script for brew.
    # Default is 'bin.install "the binary name"'.
    install: |
      bin.install "some_other_name"
      bash_completion.install "completions/foo.bash" => "foo"
      # ...

    # Custom post_install script for brew.
    # Could be used to do any additional work after the "install" script
    # Default is empty.
    post_install: |
        etc.install "app-config.conf"


Learn more about the name template engine.

By defining the brew section, GoReleaser will take care of publishing the Homebrew tap. Assuming that the current tag is v1.2.3, the above configuration will generate a program.rb formula in the Formula folder of user/homebrew-tap repository:

class Program < Formula
  desc "How to use this binary"
  homepage ""
  version "v1.2.3"

  on_macos do
    url ""
    sha256 "9ee30fc358fae8d248a2d7538957089885da321dca3f09e3296fe2058e7fff74"

      url ""
      sha256 "b41bebd25fd7bb1a67dc2cd5ee12c9f67073094567fdf7b3871f05fd74a45fdd"
    if Hardware::CPU.arm? && !Hardware::CPU.is_64_bit?
      url ""
      sha256 "78f31239430eaaec01df783e2a3443753a8126c325292ed8ddb1658ddd2b401d"
    if Hardware::CPU.arm? && Hardware::CPU.is_64_bit?
      url ""
      sha256 "97cadca3c3c3f36388a4a601acf878dd356d6275a976bee516798b72bfdbeecf"

  depends_on "git"
  depends_on "zsh" => :optional

  def install
    bin.install "program"

  def post_install
    etc.install "app-config.conf"


Note that GoReleaser does not generate a valid homebrew-core formula. The generated formulas are meant to be published as homebrew taps, and in their current form will not be accepted in any of the official homebrew repositories.

Head Formulas

GoReleaser does not generate head formulas for you, as it may be very different from one software to another.

Our suggestion is to create a my-app-head.rb file on your tap following homebrew's documentation.


  • Only one GOARM build is allowed;