I would like to install rdesktop on CentOS 7. If I run sudo yum -y install rdesktop, the system says:

No package rdesktop available.

What should I do?

[EDIT]: my os version is CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core)

  • Check additional repos for CentOS 7, I think nux-desktop will help you. – taliezin Feb 1 '16 at 22:19
  • github.com/rdesktop/rdesktop lists a rdesktop.spec file so in theory should be buildable via yum -y install rpm-build and building a local RPM via rpmbuild, which then could be installed, or placed into a local YUM repo. – thrig Feb 1 '16 at 22:24
  • I installed rpm-build but nothing works :-( – DavideChicco.it Feb 2 '16 at 14:28

How about trying the included RDP client, FreeRDP?

$ sudo yum -y install freerdp
$ xfreerdp <server>

Weigh the pros and cons here: What are the differences between rdesktop and xfreerdp?

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  • There so freedrp package available :-( – DavideChicco.it Feb 2 '16 at 14:28
  • I thought that was on a fresh load, but I may have had EPEL loaded. Checking... – Steve Bonds Feb 2 '16 at 15:10
  • It was available for me via yum in the default configuration after loading CentOS 7.1.1503 (Core). EPEL was not installed. Perhaps you have some YUM problems? – Steve Bonds Feb 2 '16 at 15:18
  • I don't know... I'm using a CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) version – DavideChicco.it Feb 2 '16 at 15:20
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    You have the 'd' misplaced in the package name: yum -y install freerdp – Adri C.S. Jul 26 '16 at 9:33

For CentOS, the rdesktop package is in the nux-dextop repository. You need to install the repo and then rdesktop:

sudo rpm --import http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/RPM-GPG-KEY-nux.ro 
sudo rpm -Uvh http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el7/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el7.nux.noarch.rpm    
sudo yum install rdesktop
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It appears that RHEL7 and CentOS 7 don't include rdesktop. Instead, they include vinagre, which appears to work well enough.

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