How to set up EPEL repository on CentOS

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.

$ cat /etc/redhat-release
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.*:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh

For CentOS/RHEL 6.*:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh

For CentOS/RHEL 7:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh

During installation, you will see the following warning, which indicates that GPG key is not imported.

warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.3TKM2G: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID 0608b895: NOKEY

The EPEL's official GPG key should be installed in /etc/pki/rpm-gpg. Go ahead and import the GPG key.

$ sudo sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-6 (for CentOS 6)
$ sudo sudo rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7 (for CentOS 7)

To verify that EPEL repository has been set up successfully, run the following command to list all available repositories on your system.

$ yum repolist

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2 thoughts on “How to set up EPEL repository on CentOS

  1. The packages in the EPEL repository are NOT Freeware. They are Free Software.

    Not one of them is in anyway Proprietary, they are all Open Source Software licensed under a Free Software License.

    Freeware is Proprietary Software that is released under a Proprietary EULA, no source code is ever made available. The Free in freeware relates to the amount of money charged, which is to say none. This is quite different from the case with Free Software, which while it is typicalally made available at no monetary cost, is Free because the license associated with it transfers rights to the user of the software, rather than taking them away, as a proprietary license does.

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