Resources on Internet are all about how to build a rpm files from source code.

But I have already got compiled binary tarball of software. But I don't want to directly extract it to / , because it is difficult to maintain. How can I build a rpm package from binary tarball.

There is a series famous software which provided the binary package in a tarball which have a clearly tree structure which is same as the tree structure in root dir.

And so on.

A lot of software provider release universal tarball to make the software universal in different Linux distribution.

Is there a essential way?


UPD Thanks to @msuchy who has corrected me.

Assume that you've already created a 'rpmbuild' directory skeleton in your home directory: SPECS, BUILD, SOURCES... Copy tarball in SOURCE and write simple spec-file with skipped sections: %prep, %build.

Little example:


[yurij@centos7 SOURCES]$ ls -lah
total 4.0K
drwxrwxr-x. 2 user user  33 Mar 12 12:22 .
drwxrwxr-x. 8 user user  89 Dec  8 15:54 ..
-rw-rw-r--  1 user user 231 Mar 12 12:14 binarius-0.1.tar.gz
[yurij@centos7 SOURCES]$ tar -tvf binarius-0.1.tar.gz
drwxrwxr-x user/user       0 2018-03-12 12:11 ./binarius-0.1/
drwxrwxr-x user/user       0 2018-03-12 12:11 ./binarius-0.1/usr/
drwxrwxr-x user/user       0 2018-03-12 12:11 ./binarius-0.1/usr/local/
drwxrwxr-x user/user       0 2018-03-12 12:12 ./binarius-0.1/usr/local/bin/
-rwxr-xr-x user/user      30 2018-03-12 12:12 ./binarius-0.1/usr/local/bin/binarius


Name:       binarius
Version:    0.1
Release:    1%{?dist}
Summary:    Binarius package

Group:      System Environment/Base
License:    GPLv3+
Source0:    binarius-0.1.tar.gz

Testing package.

%setup -q #unpack tarball


cp -rfa * %{buildroot}

  • It is better to have %prep\n %setup -q \n\n %install \n cp -rfa * %{buildroot}. Rest of the answer is correct. – msuchy Mar 13 '18 at 20:30
  • In Centos 7.4, macro '%setup -q' force trying './configure' step. Therefore, I omit it. – Yurij Goncharuk Mar 13 '18 at 20:36
  • Yurij - definitely not true. See ftp.rpm.org/max-rpm/s1-rpm-inside-macros.html – msuchy Mar 14 '18 at 20:43
  • I've tested spec with '%prep', '%setup'. You are right. I knew that macros '%prep', '%setup' must not to do configure step. '%configure' macro exists for that. But, when I was writing and testing spec for this example, configure step was executing after any changes in spec file. When I've commented all macros except '%install', I've got package. It's hard to assume what happed, but now it's work. Maybe I was not so close. Thanks for correction! I've edit answer. – Yurij Goncharuk Mar 14 '18 at 21:25
  • Usually, if I'm not sure about macro, then I read 'rpmbuild --showrc' output. In my answer I've forgotten to do this. – Yurij Goncharuk Mar 14 '18 at 21:32

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