Whenever I want to use command yum install <packagename> I get error:

No package available

For example,

[root@cpanel1 etc]# yum install autossh
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: centos.t-2.net
 * extras: centos.t-2.net
 * updates: centos.t-2.net
No package autossh available.
Error: Nothing to do
[root@cpanel1 etc]# 

How do I make it work?

  • The package name is correct? if you search it with "yum search autossh" ?
    – DarkVex
    Jul 25, 2016 at 10:48
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    Ok so you have all the repository disabled, for sure base and updates should have "enabled = 1"
    – DarkVex
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:11
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    @Kunok that's right, please change it and do yum update
    – Rahul
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:20
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    I'm curious, why did you disable all your repos? Jul 25, 2016 at 16:22
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    @Kunok: Hmm, guess someone's trying to lock it down then. It might be worth contacting them and finding out why, before you break everything. :) Jul 25, 2016 at 16:52

6 Answers 6


These steps might help you,

  1. yum clean all & yum clean metadata

  2. Check the files in /etc/yum.repos.d and make sure that they don't all have enabled = 0 for each repo (there may be more than one per file).

  3. Finally you would be able to do yum update and search for desired packages.


For CentOS/RHEL 7, autossh is no longer available in Repoforge repository. So you will need to build and compile it from the source, here is what you should do:

$ sudo yum install wget gcc make
$ wget http://www.harding.motd.ca/autossh/autossh-1.4e.tgz
$ tar -xf autossh-1.4e.tgz
$ cd autossh-1.4e
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install
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    Thanks, this worked well. In the meantime the original question (why yum doesn't install packages) was answered in the comments.
    – Kunok
    Jul 25, 2016 at 12:06
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    Don't build it from source. autossh.el7 is in EPEL. Install it from there, using yum. Jul 25, 2016 at 16:21

First install EPEL(Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux), then install your need packagename

$ yum -y install epel-release
$ yum -y install autossh

autossh is also available with epel repo:

# mkdir /usr/src/epel && cd "$_"
# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ihv epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm
# yum install autossh
  • if rpm -ihv epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm Preparing... ################################# [100%] package epel-release-7-10.noarch is already installed How reinstall epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm? Sep 20, 2017 at 10:11
  • If the repo is already existing, then you can try directly yum install autossh, if this is not working you may consider running yum clean all and trying again.
    – maxime_039
    Sep 21, 2017 at 14:29
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    Simpler and more secure to yum install epel-release instead of wgetting a file over plain HTTP. Oct 19, 2017 at 8:22

You should also check /etc/yum.conf file or /etc/yum.repos.d/ files to make sure your package is not excluded in yum.

exclude=apache* httpd* mod_* mysql* MySQL* mariadb* da_* *ftp* exim* sendmail* php* bind-chroot* dovecot*

Note that autossh package is available with the "epel" repository. To install it:

# mkdir /usr/src/epel && cd "$_"
# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ihv epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm
# yum install autossh

This answer may be generalized for other packages in the "epel" distribution.

  • Please clarify what this is supposed to do and why it will solve the asker's problem. (Hint: It actually won't)
    – Shadur
    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:55

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