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Ruby Ruby Foundations Ruby Basics Installing Ruby

password prompt for homebrew

hey, been trying to install homebrew in my terminal:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/go/install)" ==> This script will install: /usr/local/bin/brew /usr/local/Library/... /usr/local/share/man/man1/brew.1 ==> The following directories will be made group writable: /usr/local/. ==> The following directories will have their group set to admin: /usr/local/.

Press RETURN to continue or any other key to abort ==> /usr/bin/sudo /bin/chmod g+rwx /usr/local/.

WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.


i don't have a password associated with the computer i'm using so i'm not sure what password it wants. i've tried not typing anything and returning only to have it be invalid. does anyone else have this same issue?

1 Answer

Boyan Angelov
Boyan Angelov
26,485 Points

You need to set your root password. Here's a helpful link:


Hope this helps, let us know if you need more help :)