What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?


The closest equivalent would probably be to install the below packages:

sudo dnf install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel

However, if you don't care about exact equivalence and are ok with pulling in a lot of packages you can install all the development tools and libraries with the below command.

sudo dnf groupinstall @development-tools @development-libraries

On Fedora 32+ you will need the following because @development-tools and @development-libraries won't work anymore:

sudo dnf groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"
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    Better answer below for modern Fedora – Kirk Oct 29 '16 at 12:03
  • @development-tools is not available on Fedora 32. – Aspiring Dev May 19 '20 at 22:12
  • @AspiringDev @development-tools are available, @development-libraries aren’t. – Juraj Fiala Jun 25 '20 at 14:33
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    @JurajFiala not on Fedora 32 at least: Module or Group '@development-tools' is not available. Error: Nothing to do. – Aspiring Dev Jun 27 '20 at 2:12
  • I confirm @development-tools is not available: Last metadata expiration check: 0:01:26 ago on Tue 25 Aug 2020 07:38:48 PM -05. Module or Group '@development-tools' is not available. Error: Nothing to do. – neosergio Aug 26 '20 at 0:42

For Fedora 23 and above:

dnf install @development-tools

  • For what it's worth, this is a literal equivalent to build-essential linux-headers-generic; it only installs what's needed to compile software (like gcc and make) as well as kernel headers. Thanks! – andlabs Apr 26 '16 at 15:52
  • My mistake; linux-headers-generic also requires Fedora package linux-devel. – andlabs Apr 26 '16 at 18:38
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    I think the answer should be updated, since this is the better answer for modern versions of fedora. – Kirk Oct 29 '16 at 12:02
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    I had to run sudo dnf group install "C Development Tools and Libraries" – davidtbernal Nov 6 '16 at 21:29
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    @development-tools doesn't seem to include gcc-c++, so I also had to install the C Development group as mentioned by @davidtbernal – jocull Apr 30 '19 at 19:20

The command is yum-builddep. It is included in the yum-utils package.

sudo yum install yum-utils
sudo yum-builddep $the_pkg_you_want_to_build
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    This does not actually answer the asked question but is none-the-less useful to know – Daniel S. Sterling Aug 27 '13 at 21:52

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