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Enable EPEL Repository for RHEL/CentOS 7.x

What is EPEL

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) and CentOS.

Epel project is not a part of RHEL/CentOS 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 we 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.
All epel packages are maintained by Fedora repo.

How To Enable EPEL Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7?

First, you need to download the file using Wget and then install it using RPM on your system to enable the EPEL repository. Use below links based on your Linux OS versions. (Make sure you must be root user).
 # wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm # rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

You need to run the following command to verify that the EPEL repository is enabled. Once you ran the command you will see epel repository.
# yum repolist

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