How to Enable EPEL Repository for RHEL CentOS 7/6/5


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What is EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is open source and free community based repository project from Fedora team which provides 100% high quality addon software packages for Linux distribution including RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), CentOS, and Scientific Linux.

Epel project is not a part of RHEL/Cent OS butitisdesignedformajorLinux distributions by providing lots of open source packages like networking, sys admin, programming, monitoring and so on. Most of the epel packages are maintained by Fedora repo.

Why we use EPEL repository?
1. Provides lots of open source packages to install via Yum.
2. Epel repo is 100% open source and free to use.
3. It does not provide any core duplicate packages and no compatibility issues.
4. All epel packages are maintained by Fedora repo.

How To Enable EPEL Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5? First, you need to download the file using Wget and theninstallitusingRPMonyoursystem to enable the EPEL repository. Use belowlinks based on your Linux OS versions. (Makesure you must be root user).

RHEL/CentOS 7 64 Bit ## RHEL/CentOS 7 64-Bit ## # wget m # rpm -ivh epel-release-7-2.noarch.rpm RHEL/CentOS 6 3264 Bit ## RHEL/CentOS 6 32-Bit ## # wget rpm # rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 6 64-Bit ##
# wget ch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm RHEL/CentOS 5 3264 Bit ## RHEL/CentOS 5 32-Bit ## # wget rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 5 64-Bit ## # wget ch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm RHEL/CentOS 4 3264 Bit ## RHEL/CentOS 4 32-Bit ##
# wget h.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-4-10.noarch.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 4 64-Bit ##
# wget arch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-4-10.noarch.rpm

How Do I Verify EPEL Repo?
You need to run the following command to verify that the EPEL repository is enabled. Once you ran the command you will see epel repository.

# yum repolist

Sample Output

Loaded plugins: downloadonly, fastestmirror, priorities
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base:
* epel:
* extras:
* rpmforge:
* updates:

Reducing CentOS-5 Testing to included packages only

1469 packages excluded due to repository priority protections
repo id repo name
base CentOS-5 - Base
epel Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 5 - i386 4,320+1,408
extras CentOS-5 - Extras
rpmforge Red Hat Enterprise 5 - - dag
repolist: 19,075

How Do I Use EPEL Repo?
You need to use YUM command for searching and installing packages. For example we search forZabbix package using epel repo, lets see it is available or not under epel.
# yum --enablerepo=epel info zabbix

Sample Output

Available Packages
Name : zabbix
Arch : i386
Version : 1.4.7
Release : 1.el5
Size : 1.7 M

Repo : epel

Summary : Open-source monitoring solution for your IT infrastructure
License : GPL
Description: ZABBIX is software that monitors numerous parameters of a network.

Let’s install Zabbix package using epel repo option –enablerepo=epel switch.

# yum --enablerepo=epel install zabbix

Note: The epel configuration file is located under /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo. This way you can install as many as high standard open source packages using EPEL repo.

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