I need to create a local repository in RHEl 5.5. i386

Because when I type some command in terminal it say that RHEL is not subscribed with RHN which is true. I took it from friend.

So can someone tell me how to achieve this target.

Further Actions based on Warl0ck instructions.

  • I copied the RPM's from Mdia to /home/Umair/RPM folder
  • I installed the script createrepo-0.4.11-i386.el5.noarch.rpm located in Server directory of Installation Media. Then it took some time to generate metadata. Total Packages 2348


  • Then I create the local repo file using vi

vi /etc/yum.repos.d/local.repo

These are the entries I added.

Repo text

And finally i run this command

yum -y install apache php{,-cgi,-cli,-gd,-mysql} mysql{,-server}

and in reply bash slapped me with error


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    "I took it from friend.". But... why?! There are two perfectly good alternatives that don't cost money and are (mostly) the same thing. Oct 10, 2012 at 22:50
  • U must be talking about CentOS and Fedora Am I right??? But i will also give them a try.... Thanks
    – OmiPenguin
    Oct 14, 2012 at 8:38
  • One of them is CentOS. The other one is not Fedora. Oct 14, 2012 at 9:07
  • Then what is other one. Isn't it the Fedora because its the Test ground for Redhat????
    – OmiPenguin
    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:22
  • Just to make it three: Scientific Linux, Oracle-Linux, CentOS
    – Nils
    Oct 21, 2012 at 20:18

3 Answers 3


There're plenty of documents out there, given a set of RPM packages, you could do something like this,

First install the createrepo script, by

rpm -ivh /path/to/mounted/cdrom/createrepo*.rpm (Depends where you mounted your RedHat DVD)

Now create a folder to hold all RPMS that you want to be in the repository, e.g RPMS, and put the needed "*.rpm" files inside,

Then do createrepo /path/to/RPMS to generate metadata.

When finished, add the repository to your yum config, e.g put the following to /etc/yum.repos.d/local.repo

name=Local Repository Demo
  • dear I followed ur instructions but no use it didn't work kindly view the actions which I added in original text under the Heading Further Actions based on Warl0ck instructions.
    – OmiPenguin
    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:14
  • @UmairMustafa maybe the path should be file:///home/Umair/ in this case, I didn't try this out yet, maybe the metadata is stored in the parent folder of RPMS.
    – daisy
    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:19
  • Finally i did it. But this time instead of copying rpms to /home/Umair /RPMS folder I created a folder in /media/RPMS and 2:createrepo /media/rpms and then created the local repo file and finally YUM LIST ALLand then i installed the above mentioned packages
    – OmiPenguin
    Oct 15, 2012 at 8:17
  • For me the whole thing already fails in the first step because createrepo depends on other packages. Aug 12, 2013 at 15:06
  • Your answer is for local repository, I need this repository over my local network implement by nginx web service. How to make repository with nginx?
    – shgnInc
    Sep 11, 2014 at 6:41

The first thing you need to do is:

Either (not both) of:

  1. Pay for a Red Hat subscription for the machine.
  2. Convert the system to CentOS.

Then you should find that you are able to access software and complete your task.

  1. Install create repo

    # cd /media/(dvd-label)
    # cd /Packages
    # rpm -ivh createrepo*.rpm
  2. Copy all contents from dvd or just the packges

    • If whole dvd is copied, no need to run createrepo. Because repository is inbuilt in dvd. (To check, see if there is a repodata directory)
    • If package dir is only copied, run

      # createrepo <dir where the packages are copied>
  3. Create yum repo file:

    vim dvd.repo
    baseurl=file://<dir where the packages are copied>
    [packages] -- Give a name, any name
    name=packages -- description for above
    baseurl       -- location where rpms are available
    enabled=1     -- to enable this repo
    gpgcheck=0    -- not to check for GPG license file
  • Its been Two years since I ask for help and help is what I got, my man. I was very very noob at that time. Learned alot from community there is always a room to learn new thing.
    – OmiPenguin
    Aug 13, 2014 at 10:05

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