On RHEL 6 I seem to have the EPEL repository installed but it does not appear in yum.

  1. I tested that I have EPEL installed by installing it again from the downloaded rpm:

    rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

    This gives me the message: package epel-release-6-8.noarch is already installed

  2. When I list all repositories available to yum via the command

    yum repolist

    however, I do not get EPEL in the output. Also when I search for packages provided by EPEl, they are not found (aspell dictionaries for example)

  3. I tried to enable EPEL explicitly via the command-line switch --enablerepo=epel, but that returns a repository not found error.

So, how can I install, enable or 'activate' the EPEL repository for use with yum?

  • if you have epel rpm downloaded. then simply do force install via yum. or rpm -e epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm.
    – AReddy
    Sep 6, 2017 at 5:33
  • @Mongrel Mmmmh, issuing rpm -e epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm I get "error: package epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm is not installed".
    – halloleo
    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:07
  • @Mongrel Yes: yum install force epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm returns the message epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm: does not update installed package. Error: Nothing to do
    – halloleo
    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:16
  • @Mongrel Cool, that's it! The reinstall command (with epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm) does the trick! Do you write it up as an answer, please?
    – halloleo
    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:25

1 Answer 1


You can try the command below which will reinstall the rpm.

yum reinstall epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

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