Install RHEL EPEL repository on Centos 5.x or 6.x

The following article will article CentOS 5.x-based or Centos 6.x-based  system using Fedora Epel repos, and the third partyremi package repos. These package repositories are not officially supported by CentOS, but they provide much more current versions of popular applications like PHP or MYSQL.

Install the extra repositories

The first step requires downloading some RPM files that contain the additional YUM repository definitions.

Centos 5.x

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-5.rpm
sudo rpm -Uvh remi-release-5*.rpm epel-release-5*.rpm

Centos 6.x

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-7.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
sudo rpm -Uvh remi-release-6*.rpm epel-release-6*.rpm

Once installed you should see some additional repo definitions under the /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

$ ls -1 /etc/yum.repos.d/epel* /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo
/etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo
/etc/yum.repos.d/epel-testing.repo
/etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo

Enable the remi repository at Time of install

The remi repository provides a variety of up-to-date packages that are useful or are a requirement for many popular web-based services.  That means it generally is not a bad idea to enable the remi repositories by default.

–enablerepo=remi

You will now have a larger array of yum repositories to install from.

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