How to Install EPEL Yum Repository on Linux CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

Epel yum repository is an open source centos yum repository or rpm repository for developers and system administrators to perform the installation of RPM packages via yum on their virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server.

EPEL yum repository is redhat yum repository for CentOS and additional yum repository for the existing CentOS repository.

It provides 100 % high quality software packages for Linux distributions, including RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), CentOS and Debian, and all packages maintained by Fedora repo team.

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1. Prepare EPEL repository for RHEL 7/CentOS 7 64 bit (epel centos 7/epel rhel 7) :

# sudo rpm --import https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7
# # sudo rpm -Uvh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-9.noarch.rpm

Example :

# sudo rpm --import https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7
# sudo rpm -Uvh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-9.noarch.rpm
Retrieving https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-9.noarch.rpm
Preparing...                          ################################# [100%]
Updating / installing...
   1:epel-release-7-9                 ################################# [100%]

In CentOS 7, an alternative way to install the EPEL repo is by using the command yum :

# sudo yum install epel-release -y

2. Command to verify that the EPEL repository is enabled.

# sudo yum repolist

Sample output :

# sudo yum repolist
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirrors.linode.com
 * epel: ftp.osuosl.org
 * extras: mirrors.linode.com
 * updates: mirrors.linode.com
repo id                                                       repo name                                                                                 status
base/7/x86_64                                                 CentOS-7 - Base                                                                            9,363
epel/x86_64                                                   Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64                                            11,046
extras/7/x86_64                                               CentOS-7 - Extras                                                                            200
nginx/x86_64                                                  nginx repo                                                                                    41
updates/7/x86_64                                              CentOS-7 - Updates                                                                           438
varnish-4.1/x86_64                                            Varnish Cache 4.1 for Enterprise Linux                                                        31
repolist: 21,119

3. Install httpd package using epel repo option –enablerepo=epel :

# sudo yum --enablerepo=epel install httpd

EPEL Yum Repository

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