May 17, 2009

Install 3rd party repository manually..


Let us say you would like to install 3rd party repository from

Create a file called foo:

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d
# vi foo

Append following code:

name=Foo for RHEL/ CentOS $releasever - $basearch

Save and close the file.


* [foo] : Repository name i.e. The [main] section must exist for yum to do anything.
* name=Foo for RHEL/ CentOS $releasever - $basearch : A human readable string describing the repository name
* baseurl=$releasever/$basearch/ : Must be a URL to the directory where the yum repository’s ‘repodata’ directory lives
* enabled=1 : Enabled or disabled repo. To disable the repository temporarily, set the enabled to 0
* gpgcheck=1 : Security feature, use GPG key
* gpgkey= : GPL file location

Also you need to import the gpg key for the repository as follows:

# rpm --import

Now you are ready to install software from foo repository.

For further information refer to yum.conf man page:

# man yum.conf
# man yum

Hope this tip will help you to configure repository as and when required.

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