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[HowTo] Install Atom, Brew and Node (npm and npx) on Mac

Ok, lets start by saying that I know the title is a lot. It is not just one or two tools that this guide helps you install, it’s all of those tools listed above, plus a few more that are required to run those tools.

But Ben, why not break this guide into several easier-to-manage guides that install one or two tools at a time? Well, I am writing this guide to help with all of those installations, BUT you can start this guide from anywhere and just pick and choose the tools you want.


First, Atom. The atom editor is the easiest of the bunch to install, just go to https://www.atom.io and download it. The website will automatically detect your OS (unless you are on a crazy one or have some kind of unusual configuration). Easy, one step


Next we will go on to installing Brew. At the time of writing this guide, the terminal command to execute is:

but if that is not working for some reason or you want to troubleshoot, you can go to https://www.brew.sh . Wow, another one-stepper, I guess this guide is shorter than you thought.


Next we will install Node which as noted in the title will allow you to use both the npm and npx commands. For this installation I recommend using a package manager such as Brew and fortunately I just showed you how to install one above. All we have to do for this one is run the command:

and you will now be able to use npm, npx and node packages in general. If you want to confirm that node is in fact installed on you computer you can run node -v.


We are just flying through this guide! Next, we will install composer. To be honest, you may not have to use this tool much after today, but let’s just install it anyway because it is a great tool and a requirement for the next step which is installing valet.

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