Homebrew vs Nix: What are the differences?
Developers describe Homebrew as "The Missing Package Manager for macOS". Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t. Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into /usr/local. On the other hand, Nix is detailed as "*A package manager for Linux and other Unix systems *". It makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments.
Homebrew and Nix belong to "Package Managers" category of the tech stack.
Homebrew and Nix are both open source tools. Homebrew with 18.6K GitHub stars and 4.15K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Nix with 2.57K GitHub stars and 453 GitHub forks.
Broadly, Feather Direct, LLC, and King's Digital Lab are some of the popular companies that use Homebrew, whereas Nix is used by RELEX Solutions, Grafted-In, and Chill Code. Homebrew has a broader approval, being mentioned in 9 company stacks & 63 developers stacks; compared to Nix, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.