How To Install EPEL Repo on a CentOS and RHEL 7.x


ow do I install the extra repositories such as Fedora EPEL repo on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server version 7.x or CentOS Linux server version 7.x?


You can easily install various packages by configuring a CentOS 7.x or RHEL 7.x system to use Fedora EPEL repos and third party packages. Please note that these packages are not officially supported by either CentOS or Red Hat, but provides many popular packages and apps. This quick tutorial explains how to configure a CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 7.x to use the Fedora Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository.

Commands to install EPEL repo on a CentOS Linux and RHEL 7.x

Open a shell prompt.

Or login to a host called server1 using ssh client.

Install epel using the following command: yum -y install epel-release

Refresh repo by typing the following command: yum repolist

How to install RHEL EPEL repository on Centos 7.x or RHEL 7.x

The following instructions assumes that you are running command as root user on a CentOS/RHEL 7.x system and want to use use Fedora Epel repos.

Method #1: Install Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux repository configuration (recommended)

Just type the following yum command on a CentOS 7 or RHEL 7:

sudo yum install epel-release

Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Installing epel-release package on a Centos 7

Note: If method #1 failed, try the following method #2 to install EPEL Repo.

Method #2: Install the extra EPEL repositories from

The command is as follows to download epel release for CentOS and RHEL 7.x using wget command:

cd /tmp


ls *.rpm

To install epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm, type:

sudo yum install epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: amazon-id, rhui-lb

Examining epel-release-7-2.noarch.rpm: epel-release-7-2.noarch

Marking epel-release-7-2.noarch.rpm to be installed

Resolving Dependencies

–> Running transaction check

—> Package epel-release.noarch 0:7-2 will be installed

–> Finished Dependency Resolution


Dependencies Resolved



Package            Arch         Version   Repository                      Size



epel-release       noarch       7-2       /epel-release-7-2.noarch        22 k


Transaction Summary


Install  1 Package


Total size: 22 k

Installed size: 22 k

Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Downloading packages:

Running transaction check

Running transaction test

Transaction test succeeded

Running transaction

Installing : epel-release-7-2.noarch                                      1/1

Verifying  : epel-release-7-2.noarch                                      1/1



epel-release.noarch 0:7-2



List your new repos

Once installed you should see epel repo using the following yum repolist command

$ sudo yum repolist


Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: amazon-id, rhui-lb

repo id                                         repo name                                         status

epel/x86_64                                     Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 – x86_64    5,610

rhui-REGION-client-config-server-7/x86_64       Red Hat Update Infrastructure 2.0 Client Configur     2

rhui-REGION-rhel-server-releases/7Server/x86_64 Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7 (RPMs)          4,718

repolist: 10,330

Search and install package

To list all available packages under a repo called epel, enter:

$ sudo yum –disablerepo= *  –enablerepo= epel  list available



$ sudo yum –disablerepo= *  –enablerepo= epel  list available | grep  package



$ sudo yum –disablerepo= *  –enablerepo= epel  list available | less


Sample outputs:

Fig. 02: List all available packages under a EPEL Repo on a CentOS/RHEL/Fedora Linux

Example: Search and install htop package from epel repo on a CentOS/RHEL 7.x

The commands are as follows (see yum our command guide for more info):

search it ##

sudo yum search htop


get more info, if found ##

sudo yum info htop


install it ##

sudo yum install htop

And, there you have it, a larger number of packages to install from EPEL repo on a CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 7.x.

See also

CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux 4.x/5.x/6.x Enable & Install EPEL Repo

This entry is 2 of 3 in the Enable EPEL Repository on a CentOS/RHEL Tutorial series. Keep reading the rest of the series:

CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux 6/5 Enable and Install EPEL Repo

How To Install EPEL Repo on a CentOS and RHEL 7.x

yum command: Update / Install Packages Under Redhat Enterprise / CentOS Linux Version 5.x



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