Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) is a community based project to provide commonly used Fedora packages to RHEL and CentOS. First find the appropriate rpm for your system. The list can be found on the EPEL section of Fedora’s site.

In the example below we will be installing the 32bit version of release 6-5:

sudo rpm -Uvh http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm

After that any packages included in the EPEL repository will be available to install through yum.

Note: Since this is a third party repository, it can cause conflicts especially with other third party repositories such as RPMForge. Usually it is best to leave other third party repositories disabled and only use them with the –enablerepo switch in yum. Alternatively the yum-priorities package can be installed to set priorities for installed repositories.

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