Setup EPEL and RepoForge (RPMForge) YUM Repositories on CentOS / RHEL

EPEL & RepoForge :

EPEL ( Extra Packages for  Enterprise Linux ) and  RepoForge  both is open source based repositories  of software packages for linux based flavors system like CentOS, Red Hat Linux  and Scientific Linux . Both repositories having  thousands of software package in rpm format.

RepoForge  earlier called as RPMForge.  RepoForge  having  lot of  linux binary RPM packages storage  and EPEL ( Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux ) repository is a project of fedora community  , they built , manages top quality extra packages for enterprise as well as other linux based system like RHEL ( Red Hat Enterprise Linux) , Scientific Linux (SL).

Features of EPEL & RepoForge Repositories :

  1. Both project manages RPM packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( RHEL ) , CentOS,Scientific Linux
  2. Both repositories provides packages for servers, desktop and development.
  3. Both supports in open source community .
  4. Bulk package management   work with YUM commands .

Now we are going to install both EPEL & RepoForge repository on different version of RHEL / CentOS . First we need to download  rpm package from respective project repository  and then install from RPM command.Find below to install EPEL & RepoForge repository  on CentOs/RHEL and Scientific Linux etc.

Install EPEL Repository in RHEL 8 / CentOS 8

# wget 
# rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm 

Install EPEL Repository in RHEL 7 / CentOS 7

# wget
# rpm -Uvh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

Install EPEL Repository in RHEL 6 / CentOS 6

# wget 
# rpm -Uvh epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm

Install RepoForge On RHEL 7 /CentOS  7

# wget
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el7.rf.x86_64.rpm

Install RepoForge On RHEL 6 /CentOS  6

# wget
# rpm -Uvh 

Install RepoForge On RHEL 5 / CentOS  5

# wget
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm 

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3 comments on “Setup EPEL and RepoForge (RPMForge) YUM Repositories on CentOS / RHEL


Why is there no RepoForge On RHEL 8 /CentOS 8? There must be a reason?


Why not just run the following:

yum -y install epel-release


Yes, it can be possible but maybe for any reason epel-release not available on that Linux flavor or already exist repo does not have this package. so manually will better for any type of system.


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