EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a third party RPM repository for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS. This article describes how to add the EPEL repository in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS 5 or 6.

Install EPEL1. Install the EPEL package using the command below.
rpm -Uvh http://bit.ly/KANG3P
NoteThe full link for the RHEL 6 EPEL package and the links for the lower versions of RHEL are provided below. The rpm command prior to RHEL 6 cannot handle http redirects so no bit.ly links have been provided.
yum repolist2. Verify the installation using the command below. You should see epel in the output.
yum repolist
install yum priorities3. Install the Yum priorities package using the command below.
yum install yum-priorities
edit epel.repo4. Edit the file /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo and add the line below under the [epel] section.
priority=10
yum check update5. Test your configuration using the command below. You should see a priority protections message in the output.
yum check-update

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Posted on 7/24/2011 and last updated on 6/21/2012
Filed under CentOS 5 , CentOS 6 , Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 , Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 , System Administration