With apt-get, I can use Pre- or Post-Invoke hooks

Pre-Invoke, Post-Invoke
This is a list of shell commands to run before/after invoking dpkg(1). Like options this must be specified in list notation. The commands are invoked in order using /bin/sh; should any fail APT will abort.

See also hook a script to apt-get

Is there a similar way to run a command before and after installing every package with RPM or DNF?

Wrapping the rpm or dnf command in another script would be one way of course, but I would rather have some configuration option.

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For yum (RHEL/CentOS 7 and below) there are yum-plugin-pre-transaction-actions and yum-plugin-post-transaction-actions packages. Examples on how to use it for pre-transaction and post-transaction but here's a sample file too:

# action_key can be: pkgglob, /path/to/file (wildcards allowed)
# transaction_state can be: install,update,remove,any
# command can be: any shell command
#  the following variables are allowed to be passed to any command:
#   $name - package name
#   $arch - package arch
#   $ver - package version
#   $rel - package release
#   $epoch - package epoch
#   $repoid - package repository id
#   $state - text string of state of the package in the transaction set
# file matches cannot be used with removes b/c we don't have the info available

*:install:touch /tmp/$name-installed
zsh:remove:touch /tmp/zsh-removed
zsh:install:touch /tmp/zsh-installed-also
/bin/z*h:install:touch /tmp/bin-zsh-installed
z*h:any:touch /tmp/bin-zsh-any

# each action is expanded once for each matching package, and no action is
# executed twice per transaction, for example
*:install:echo $repoid >>/tmp/repos
# will write each repo only once to /tmp/repos, even if multiple packages from
# the same repo were installed

For dnf (RHEL/CentOS 8 and up) there is a plugin at https://github.com/rpm-software-management/dnf-plugins-core/blob/master/plugins/post-transaction-actions.py for post-transaction, but nothing for pre-transaction. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=967264 and https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1788574 have more info . RHEL 8.2 is supposed to have the post-transaction feature. If you really need pre-transactions, you could modify the post-transaction code to create your own plugin for pre-transactions (and submit it as a PR).


You can define in an RPM a %pretrans scriptlet that runs before the package is installed. It isn’t exactly the same as Debian packaging, since it’s part of the package itself and not external.

  • Thank you, but I'm looking for a hook running for every package, basically the same as the "Pre-Invoke" and "Post-Invoke" hooks. I clarified my question. May 10, 2020 at 21:06

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