How can I get a list of all of the RPM packages that have been installed on my system from a particular repo (e.g., "epel")?

8 Answers 8


Fedora 36 or later

dnf repository-packages epel list --installed

CentOS / RHEL / Fedora 22 or earlier

yum list installed | grep @epel

Fedora 23

dnf list installed | grep @epel


dnf repo-pkgs epel list installed
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    This will not work. Yum will output lines to the pipe that will be broken if they get too long. So grep's input is mostly one line per package, but it could be two lines. Yum could pass "whizbanger.x86_64 ___ 3.8.4-2.el6 _______________ @epel". (Imagine the underscores as spaces.) The "@epel" is on the next line of the input grep sees. So grep is going to output that line with nothing but "@epel" but not the preceding line with the package name. Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 16:09
  • You may need to run those commands as root until bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1525645 is fixed.
    – proski
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 19:27
  • the yum command doesn't seem to work if one the repos is having issues. i needed this list to see if i wanted to disable the repo with issues.
    – Jayen
    Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 2:22
  • @Todd Watson I know, it is a hack, but what about "export COLUMNS=999 yum..."
    – Massimo
    Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 20:01
  • Does that work, @Massimo? That would be a nice workaround. I found also this Unix StackExchange question: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/308731/… Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 21:14

As of RHEL6, as suggested in this stackoverflow answer, there's a more thorough method of doing this with yumdb:

yumdb search from_repo REPOID*

The repoid takes wild cards.


If we're going to cheat and pipe the output, then we can achieve pretty-print effect as well. Here's one using awk

yumdb search from_repo REPOID* |awk -F"\n" '{ RS=""; print $1 }'

Using egrep or grep -e

yumdb search from_repo REPOID* |egrep -v '(from_repo|^$)'


To list all available packages in a specified repository, do:

repoquery -a --repoid=REPONAME
  • Just a side-note: To list all packages from a specified repo, do repoquery -qa --repoid=REPONAME
    – ILMostro_7
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 1:44
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    This is also a great answer. The output is longer than the accepted answer, but it's formatted in a nicer way. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 10:31
  • Can be simplified to repoquery -a --repoid=REPONAME because according to man page -q option is for rpmquery compatibility, doesn't do anything.
    – Rockallite
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 2:10
  • @Rockallite is right; for dnf, the -qa actually fails. I can't upvote the comment due to previously removing the upvote :( I'm updating the answer to reflect that.
    – ILMostro_7
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 1:47
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    Unfortunately this doesn't work well if packages have been installed using dnf as yum just lists those as 'installed' and doesn't specify the repo they came from. If you have installed packages via dnf the answer from @Peque will work properly
    – maloo
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 17:12
dnf repo-pkgs <repoid> list installed


The command above uses DNF to list the packages installed from the <repoid>. Note repo-pkgs is just an alias of repository-packages.

From the man pages:

man dnf | grep "repository-packages.*list.*installed" -A 1

Further reading:

man dnf
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    Best answer, works also with RHEL 7.7 yum. answers grepping for repo ID fails because sometimes tabulation causes packages and repos to go on different lines. This one is solid though. Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 12:24

Grepping yum's output is the most obvious way:

yum list installed | grep @epel

However, you can't display extra packages properties and it's difficult to parse with a script. The tool repoquery from the package yum-utils is the tool, but it isn't installed by default.

repoquery -a --installed --qf "%{ui_from_repo} %{name}" | grep '^@epel'

and a more complex example:

repoquery -a --installed --qf "%-20{ui_from_repo} %-30{name} %-7{arch} %{epoch}:%-12{version} %-4{release}" | grep '^@epel'

RHEL Server 7.5 (Maipo)

yum repo-pkgs <repoid> list installed can be used to retrieve the same info as yumdb search from_repo <repoid>, but in a different format.

# yum help repo-pkgs
repo-pkgs <repoid> <list|info|install|remove|upgrade|reinstall*|remove-or-*> [pkg(s)]

Treat a repo. as a group of packages, so we can install/remove all of them

aliases: repo-packages, repository-pkgs, repository-packages

Sample epel outputs:

# yumdb search from_repo epel
    from_repo = epel

    from_repo = epel

# yum repo-pkgs epel list installed
Installed Packages
htop.x86_64            2.2.0-1.el7          @epel
supervisor.noarch      3.1.4-1.el7          @epel

You could check the Vendor header of installed rpms.

This example lists all package from VideoLAN repository:

 rpm -q -a --qf "%{Name}:%{Vendor}\n" \
     | grep -F ":VideoLAN Project (http://www.videolan.org)"

Obviously, you need to determine if the Vendor header of your repository is unique among different repositories.

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    There isn't a one-to-one mapping between Vendor and repos, and in some cases, the Vendor string is blank. Commented Oct 13, 2011 at 16:36

For people who just want to find missing repositories:

yum list installed | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq

This should return all repositories where you have packages installed from.


For RHEL 8:

dnf repository-packages epel list
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    Could you say something about what this does that none of the other answers already accomplishes?
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Jun 2, 2021 at 7:47

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