How To Enable EPEL Repository On CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

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Enable EPEL Repository On CentOS 8 / RHEL 8
Enable EPEL Repository On CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) is a package repository that provides additional packages that are not included in standard RHEL / CentOS repositories.

Fedora community maintains the EPEL repository.

This guide helps you how to enable EPEL repository on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8.

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Enable EPEL Repository

The EPEL repository can be enabled by installing EPEL repository configuration rpm.

CentOS 8

dnf install -y epel-release

The output will look like below

Last metadata expiration check: 0:17:48 ago on Wed 18 Sep 2019 05:46:56 AM UTC.

Dependencies resolved.
===================================================================================================================
 Package                        Arch                     Version                    Repository                Size
===================================================================================================================
Installing:
 epel-release                   noarch                   8-5.el8                    extras                    22 k

Transaction Summary
===================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package

Total download size: 22 k
Installed size: 30 k
Downloading Packages:
epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch.rpm                                                    195 kB/s |  22 kB     00:00    
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                               16 kB/s |  22 kB     00:01     
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                                                           1/1 
  Installing       : epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 
  Running scriptlet: epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 
  Verifying        : epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 

Installed:
  epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                                                      

Complete!

Additionally, enable the PowerTools repository since EPEL packages may depend on packages from it.

dnf config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools

RHEL 8

dnf install -y https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm

The output will look like below

Last metadata expiration check: 0:17:48 ago on Wed 18 Sep 2019 05:46:56 AM UTC.
epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm                                                    15 kB/s |  21 kB     00:01    
Dependencies resolved.
===================================================================================================================
 Package                      Arch                   Version                    Repository                    Size
===================================================================================================================
Installing:
 epel-release                 noarch                 8-5.el8                    @commandline                  21 k

Transaction Summary
===================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package

Total size: 21 k
Installed size: 30 k
Downloading Packages:
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                                                           1/1 
  Installing       : epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 
  Running scriptlet: epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 
  Verifying        : epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                               1/1 

Installed:
  epel-release-8-5.el8.noarch                                                                                      

Complete!

Additionally, enable Code ready builder repository on RHEL 8 since EPEL packages may depend on packages from it.

ARCH=$( /bin/arch )

subscription-manager repos --enable "codeready-builder-for-rhel-8-${ARCH}-rpms"

List Repositories

You can find the EPEL repository in the list.

dnf repolist

The output will look like below

repo id                                   repo name                                                          status
AppStream                                 CentOS-8 - AppStream                                               4,933
BaseOS                                    CentOS-8 - Base                                                    1,784
PowerTools                                CentOS-8 - PowerTools                                              1,462
*epel                                     Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64                     4,426
extras                                    CentOS-8 - Extras                                                      3

List Available Packages On EPEL repository

dnf list available --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=epel

The packages list will look like below.

.     .     .
.     .     .

zabbix40-server-pgsql.x86_64                                        4.0.11-2.el8                                             epel
zabbix40-web.noarch                                                 4.0.11-2.el8                                             epel
zabbix40-web-mysql.noarch                                           4.0.11-2.el8                                             epel
zabbix40-web-pgsql.noarch                                           4.0.11-2.el8                                             epel
zerofree.x86_64                                                     1.1.1-3.el8                                              epel
zimg.x86_64                                                         2.8-4.el8                                                epel
zimg-devel.x86_64                                                   2.8-4.el8                                                epel
zvbi.x86_64                                                         0.2.35-9.el8                                             epel
zvbi-devel.x86_64                                                   0.2.35-9.el8                                             epel
zvbi-fonts.noarch                                                   0.2.35-9.el8                                             epel

Search Packages On EPE Repository

You can use the search or list option with dnf command to find packages.

dnf search xrdp

OR

dnf list xrdp

Output:

Available Packages
xrdp.x86_64                                                  1:0.9.11-1.el8                                                  epel

Install Packages from EPEL Repository

Installing a package from the EPEL repository is a straight forward one. Use the dnf command to install a package.

dnf install xrdp

Conclusion

That’s All. I hoper you have learned how to enable EPEL repository on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8. Please share your feedback in the comments section.

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