I was wondering whether using wget it was possible to download an RPM and then pipe it through sudo rpm -i to install it, in a single line? I realize I could just run:

wget -c <URL>
sudo rpm -i <PACKAGE-NAME>.rpm

to install the package but I was wondering whether it might be possible to do this in a single line using the quiet and write to standard output options of wget. I have tried using:

wget -cqO- <URL> | sudo rpm -i

but it returned:

rpm: no packages given for install
  • Did you try sudo rpm -i <URL>?
    – Mikel
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:05
  • Have you tried wget -cqO- <URL> | xargs sudo rpm -i or maybe sudo rpm -i $(wget -cqO- <URL>)? What error do they give?
    – Firelord
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:54
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    @Firelord. 1st command: just gave it a try and it gave the error shown here. 2nd command: gave the error rpm: no packages given for install.
    – Josh Pinto
    Nov 27, 2015 at 16:02

3 Answers 3


RPM has native support to download a package from a URL. You can do:

sudo rpm -i <URL>

There is no need to download the RPM manually. If this support didn't exist, you could use bash's process substitution.

sudo bash -c 'rpm -i <(wget -O - <URL>)'
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    It's better to use yum install -y <URL>, because it will also install any dependencies.
    – cristi
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:36
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    Well if I were using a distro that uses yum as its package manager it would, but remember RPM packages are also used by distros that use APT-RPM, DNF, urpmi and ZYpp package managers. Turns out I was using openSUSE Tumbleweed, which uses ZYpp.
    – Josh Pinto
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:55

Better to do yum install -y <URL> as this does alto take care of dependencies, as opposed to direct rpm tool use.

  • As I said in the comments on jordanm's answer I was using openSUSE Tumbleweed, yum isn't available on Tumbleweed.
    – Josh Pinto
    Nov 17, 2017 at 5:35
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    Lol @sorin yum is not available wtf.
    – avia
    May 15, 2021 at 22:41

I guess one possible way could be to define the filename of what you are downloading:

wget -cqO- <URL> -O my-output-file.rpm && sudo rpm -i my-output-file.rpm

But surely there must be better approaches

  • I won't accept this answer as (as you said) I'm hoping for better approaches but, you know this is a good attempt, so thanks.
    – Josh Pinto
    Nov 27, 2015 at 15:04
  • @JoshPinto this is not a good approach, it is the only correct answer..
    – avia
    May 15, 2021 at 22:42

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