I have an existing CentOS installation which I'd like to install extra packages to. The packages to be installed were supplied to me in a list, one package per line, which looks like:


Using this text file, is there a way to install every package listed? I suspect the list is actually a list of 'all' packages which could have been installed when the operating system was originally set up.


Yes, do this:

yum -y install $(cat file_name)

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  • This is much nicer, as it will look at all the dependencies at the same time, instead of figuring them out for every single package. – Marcin Sep 6 '12 at 14:01
  • yes, that's true. – paintbox Sep 7 '12 at 13:52
  • This is a really old question, but this certainly helped me. If you have a file with the packages separated by line feeds, you name need to do the following: yum -y install $(cat filename cat | tr '\n' ' ') – SteveM Dec 30 '14 at 21:23
  • Wow. So simple I could only google it instead of think of it myself. – bgStack15 Dec 14 '15 at 20:42
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    Alas this won't work too well if the list of packages exceeds the command line maximum length. – Chris Cogdon Jun 20 '17 at 21:42

Try with xargs:

cat textfile | xargs yum -y install


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    There is nothing to concatenate - thus, < textfile xargs yum -y install is equivalent and saves a fork/exec. – maxschlepzig Jul 8 '17 at 11:55

You can also try this in command line.

for i in `cat textfile` ; do yum -y install $i; done

For every i in textfile, it does a yum -y install.

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    as Mafcin stated above this will do dependency check on every package ie. for each line. – paintbox Sep 7 '12 at 13:54

cat YOURFILE | xargs yum -y install

This is almost the same as @daisy's solution, except that if the list of packages is too long for the command line, it will break it up into separate yum install commands.

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    This duplicates @JucaPirama's answer - which was posted 1 year earlier. – maxschlepzig Jul 8 '17 at 11:52

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