CentOS Package Search

February 12, 2020

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Whenever you’re looking for a package/software to enjoy, there are several ways you can get that into your Linux system. By default, the fastest and easiest method is to just tell the system’s package manager to install that package. Otherwise, you may need to download the source code, build it by yourself and then, install it.

Hello, CentOS users! In the case of CentOS, the Linux distro is a pretty cool one that gives the complete vibe and feel of the server/enterprise environment. CentOS and RHEL both uses “yum” as the default package manager.

In this case, you have 2 available options for searching a certain package/software – asking “yum” to search by name or, checking the internet for the exact package name.

Don’t worry. Everything is as pretty simple and quick.

Package search using “yum”

As “yum” is the default package manager, you can use the following command structure for searching –

yum search <string>

For example, you can search for GNOME using the following command –

yum search gnome

Now, that’s LONG list of GNOME and apps!!!

There’s another available GUI tool for searching, listing and installing packages on CentOS – yumex. The package is available on the EPEL repository. THat’s why make sure that your system has EPEL repository enabled –

sudo yum install epel-release

sudo yum update

Then, install “yumex” –

sudo yum install yumex

Now, fire up “yumex” –

Searching the internet

Now, if you’re out of luck finding out the right package name on your package manager, consider checking out the internet! It’s a faster and more convenient solution for most of us.

The best place for searching for Linux packages is Pkgs.org. It’s a fine place that keeps the record of numerous Linux packages of almost all the popular and non-popular Linux distros you’ll ever enjoy in your machine.

For example, I found the “yumex” package directly on Pkgs.org