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If there are two (or more) versions of a given RPM available in a YUM repository, how can I instruct yum to install the version I want?

Looking through the Koji build service I notice that there are several versions.

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To see what particular versions are available to you via yum you can use the --showduplicates switch.

$ yum --showduplicates list httpd | expand
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * fedora: mirror.steadfast.net
 * rpmfusion-free: csc.mcs.sdsmt.edu
 * rpmfusion-free-updates: csc.mcs.sdsmt.edu
 * rpmfusion-nonfree: csc.mcs.sdsmt.edu
 * rpmfusion-nonfree-updates: csc.mcs.sdsmt.edu
 * updates: mirror.steadfast.net
Available Packages
httpd.x86_64                        2.4.6-6.fc20                         fedora 
httpd.x86_64                        2.4.10-1.fc20                        updates

As far as installing a particular version? You can append the version info to the name of the package like so:

$ sudo yum install <package name>-<version info>

For example in this case if I wanted to install the older version, 2.4.6-6 I'd do the following:

$ sudo yum install httpd-2.4.6-6

You can also include the release info when specifying a package. In this case since I'm dealing with Fedora 20 (F20) the release info would be "fc20", and the architecture info too.

$ sudo yum install httpd-2.4.6-6.fc20
$ sudo yum install httpd-2.4.6-6.fc20.x86_64


If you're ever unsure that you're constructing the arguments right you can consult with repoquery too.

$ sudo yum install yum-utils  # (to get `repoquery`)
$ repoquery --show-duplicates httpd-2.4*

downloading & installing

You can also use one of the following options to download a particular RPM from the web, and then use yum to install it.

$ yum --downloadonly <package>
$ yumdownloader <package>

And then install it like so:

$ sudo yum localinstall <path to rpm>

What if I want to download everything that package X requires?

$ yumdownloader --resolve <package>


$ yumdownloader --resolve vim-X11
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
Adding en_US to language list
--> Running transaction check
---> Package vim-X11.x86_64 2:7.3.315-1.fc14 set to be reinstalled
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
vim-X11-7.3.315-1.fc14.x86_64.rpm                              | 1.1 MB     00:01

Notice it's doing a dependency check, and then downloading the missing pieces. See my answer that covers it in more details here: How to download a file from repo, and install it later w/o internet connection?.


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I don't think it work for packages between the latest version located @updates and the initial version for the OS located @fedora. For example if you try to install httpd-2.4.8-1, yum would say package not available. – Question Overflow Aug 23 '14 at 8:51
@QuestionOverflow - not following. That version doesn't show as being available in the repo. – slm Aug 23 '14 at 12:38
Let me try again with a real example from my yum log. python-libs-2.7.5-12.fc20.x86_64 was once installed on my computer but has since been replaced. Assuming now I want to install this specific package, yumdownloader python-libs-2.7.5-12* would say No Match for argument python-libs-2.7.5-12* Nothing to download. What I am trying to say is that once a new package arrive, the old one would no longer be accessible from yum. You can only install the latest package or the initial version, but not versions in between. – Question Overflow Aug 24 '14 at 4:13
@QuestionOverflow - In that scenario I think you have to use yum downgrade ... if the package was already installed and you're attempting to go back to it later. In my Q I was attempting to show how one would hand select a particular version of a package that hadn't been installed yet. docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/14/html/… – slm Aug 24 '14 at 7:53
No, it doesn't work even when upgrading to a specific package. I have experimented this with a fresh installation just a few days ago. You can only yum update to the latest package and not any version you desire. – Question Overflow Aug 24 '14 at 8:05

Another option, you can download rpm file then instruct yum to do a localinstall:

yum localinstall /path/to/package.rpm
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Is there a URL which contains most if not all versions of the rpm files? – Question Overflow Aug 23 '14 at 8:59
@QuestionOverflow: rpmfind.net – cuonglm Aug 23 '14 at 9:01
Thank you. This is useful! – Question Overflow Aug 23 '14 at 9:12
There's also yum --downloadonly <package>, followed by yum localinstall <path to package>, too. You can also use the utility yumdownloader <package> too. – slm Aug 23 '14 at 12:40

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