install “legacy” brew on M1 apple silicon

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I tried installing homebrew for about 3 days following the completely identical howto postings out there (i.e. “prefix with ‘arch -x86_64’"). Alas, it didn’t work:

$ arch -x86_64 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
Homebrew is not (yet) supported on ARM processors!
Rerun the Homebrew installer under Rosetta 2.
If you really know what you are doing and are prepared for a very broken
experience you can use another installation option for installing on ARM:

The other recommendation (run the whole terminal under Rosetta2, scroll down to “Running a special flavor […]") also did not work.

What did finally work though was changing my login shell to /bin/bash instead of the default zsh for the time being:


Maybe that helps someone.

The “install the M1 version” process described by Noah Peters (thanks, really!) did work on the first try.