If you are using CentOS or RHEL, it is strongly recommended that you configure EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository on your system. EPEL is a community effort to create a repository of high-quality add-on free software packages for RHEL-based distributions. Once you set up EPEL repository, you can use yum command to install any of close to 7,000 EPEL packages.
In order to enable EPEL repository on your CentOS system, you need to check CentOS version. To do that, run the following command.
CentOS release 6.3 (Final)
Then install an EPEL repository rpm file as follows. Note that the rpm file does not depend on the underlying processor architecture (e.g., 32-bit/64-bit x86, ppc, sparc, alpha, etc), so no need to pay attention to processor architecture difference.
For CentOS/RHEL 5.*:
For CentOS/RHEL 6.*:
For CentOS/RHEL 7:
To verify that EPEL repository has been set up successfully, run the following command to list all available repositories on your system.
repo id repo name status base CentOS-6 - Base 4,776 epel Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 6 - i386 6,913 extras CentOS-6 - Extras 17 updates CentOS-6 - Updates 960 repolist: 12,666
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