EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is open source and free community based repository project from Fedora team which provides 100% high quality add-on software packages for Linux distribution including RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), CentOS, and Scientific Linux.
EPEL project is not a part of RHEL/Cent OS but it is designed for major Linux distributions by providing lots of open source packages like networking, sys admin, programming, monitoring and so on. Most of the EPEL packages are maintained by Fedora repo.
Why to use EPEL repository?
- Provides lots of open source packages to install via Yum.
- Epel repo is 100% open source and free to use.
- It does not provide any core duplicate packages and no compatibility issues.
Enable EPEL Repository in CentOS 7
[root@newdelhihosting ~]# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm [root@newdelhihosting ~]# rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
Verify EPEL Repo
[root@newdelhihosting ~]# yum repolist
[root@newdelhihosting ~]# yum repolist Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: centos.excellmedia.net * centosplus: centos.excellmedia.net * epel: epel.mirror.angkasa.id * extras: centos.excellmedia.net * updates: centos.excellmedia.net repo id repo name status base/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Base 9,566+25 centosplus/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Plus 71+21 epel/x86_64 12,423 extras/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Extras 436 updates/7/x86_64 CentOS-7 - Updates 2,314+93 repolist: 24,810 [root@newdelhihosting ~]#