How to Enable RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7.x/6.x/5.x

RPMForge/RepoForge both projects are dead and should not be used – Please use EPEL Repository.

RPMforge repository is a utility that is used to install third party software packages under Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Community ENTerprise Operating System (CentOS). It provides more than 5000 software packages in the rpm format for these Linux distributions.

RPMforge repository not a part of RHEL or CentOS but it is designed to work with these operating systems. The complete list of RPMForge packages can be fount at http://packages.sw.be/.

Install RPMForge Repository in Centos

Install RPMForge Repository in RedHat and Centos

Read Also : Install and Enable EPEL Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5

This article gives you a steps to install and enable RPMForge repository under RHEL/CentOS 7, 6, 5, 4 systems.

Verifying RHEL/CentOS is 32 Bit or 64 Bit System

We use “uname -a” command to verify a system, whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit.

The 32 bit system will show i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux and 64 bit server shows x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux.

So, it’s very easy to verify whether a system is 32 or 64 bit using “uname -a” command from the command line shell.

32 Bit RHEL/CentOS
# uname -r

Linux tecmint.com 2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.i686 #1 SMP Thu Aug 23 22:16:48 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
64 Bit RHEL/CentOS
# uname -r

Linux tecmint.com 2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.i686 #1 SMP Thu Aug 23 22:16:48 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Installing RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 6/5/4

Download and Install RPMForge repository by selecting appropriate rpm package for your system.

For RHEL/CentOS 7 64 Bit
# wget http://pkgs.repoforge.org/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el7.rf.x86_64.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.3-1.el7.rf.x86_64.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 6 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 6 32 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 6 64 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 5 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 5 32 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.i386.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.i386.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 5 64 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
For RHEL/CentOS 4 32-64 Bit
## RHEL/CentOS 4 32 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.i386.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.i386.rpm

## RHEL/CentOS 4 64 Bit OS ##
# wget http://packages.sw.be/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.x86_64.rpm
# rpm -Uvh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el4.rf.x86_64.rpm

Note : The RPMForge repository will be installed under /etc/yum.repod directory as a file rpmforge.repo.

Importing RPMForge Repository Key in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5/4

Next, you’ll need to download and install DAG’s GPG key for your system.

# wget http://dag.wieers.com/rpm/packages/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt
# rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt

Note : The imported GPG key stored under /etc/pki/rpm-gpg directory as a file RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmforge-dag.

Installing Packages using RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5/4

Let’s try installing something using rpmforge repository.

# yum --enablerepo=rpmforge install aria2
Sample Output :
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
rpmforge                                                                                                                                       
Setting up Install Process
Dependencies Resolved

=================================================================================================
 Package                         Arch			Version                Repository       Size
=================================================================================================
Installing:
 aria2                           i686           1.15.1-1.el6.rf        rpmforge         1.2 M
Installing for dependencies:
 nettle                          i686           2.2-1.el6.rf           rpmforge         359 k

Transaction Summary
=================================================================================================
Install       2 Package(s)

So, whenever a new packages are install using Yum command the RPMForge repository will be included.

Disable RPMForge Repository in RHEL/CentOS 7/6/5/4

To disable RPMForge repository simply open the file /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo.

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo

Change “enabled=1” to “enabled=0“. 0 means turn-off and 1 means turn-on.

### Name: RPMforge RPM Repository for RHEL 6 - dag
### URL: http://rpmforge.net/
[rpmforge]
name = RHEL $releasever - RPMforge.net - dag
baseurl = http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/$basearch/rpmforge
mirrorlist = http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/mirrors-rpmforge
#mirrorlist = file:///etc/yum.repos.d/mirrors-rpmforge
enabled = 0
protect = 0
gpgkey = file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmforge-dag
gpgcheck = 1

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37 Responses

  1. safner says:

    hello

    i received error 404 when install openvpn in centos 5 i686 “yum install openvpn”
    please help me

    thank you

  2. Chris Litchfield says:

    Your Links are giving me the HTTP request sent, awaiting response and sitting around doing nothing. Please re-verify the links.

  3. Truong Nguyen says:

    Thanks very much Ravi Saive,. Intruction very good. I fixed this prolem.

  4. RAJESH says:

    Thanks Ravi. Good article on repository.

  5. Troy Wolf says:

    Arshad, regarding the 404 Not Found, you might be looking at the same issue I had. Note that in that long rpmforge URL, in the bit that is “.el7.”, that is NOT the number one. It is a lower-case “L”.

    That was the mistake I was making that looked just like the problem you posted.

  6. Cleber says:

    Many Thanks !

  7. Priyanka U says:

    Can anyone please suggest a site from which i can download all rpm packages for the installation of oracle 11g for Linux 32 bit? The below mentioned packages are not getting for downloading..

    rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.*

    rpm -Uvh binutils-2.*

    rpm -Uvh ksh*

    rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33*

    rpm -Uvh gcc-4.*

    rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.*

    rpm -Uvh libaio-0.*

  8. Arshad says:

    hi ravi,

    i am trying to follow as of your steps but at first step only it gives this error: HTTP request send awaiting response. ..404 Not found….can u please mail me what exactly issue

  9. kishore says:

    hi sir,

    I followed the steps given above but yum got into errors by giving the output as follows:

    could not retrieve mirrorlist http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/mirrors-rpmforge error was
    14:PYCURL ERROR 7-“could not connect to host”

    I am running centos 6.5 i386 version on a Virtual box. Internet connectivity is working fine.

    Pls help me out of this error.

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